The KCFF FILM LAB is a series of 15 free workshops, lectures, and networking events that enhance and enrich the festival experience for audiences of all ages. This year we’re revisiting festival favourites and introducing new themes including documentary photography, interactive gaming and creative collaboration. Check back for the full list of workshops and most up-to-date information!

Admission: FREE
Ages: events are recommended for all ages unless specified otherwise
Registration: To reserve a spot and guarantee entry, RSVP to Walk-ups are welcome, pending capacity.

Additionally, KCFF Film Lab offers free outreach workshops to community groups, including H’art School of Smiles, Pathways, the Boys and Girls Club, Le Centre culturel Frontenac, and more! For information on donating, sponsoring, or participating, please contact

FILM LAB is funded with support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Wednesday February 25, 6:30pm
The Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning, 370 King St. West

Artist, filmmaker and visionary owner of the Gladstone Hotel Christina Zeidler will share success-stories and best practices for collaborative project development and community building. The evening includes a performance and screening of String Theory by Danielle Lennon. Lennon has collaborated with nine Kingston-based filmmakers who have produced complimentary shorts to accompany her compositions. Presented in partnership with the Kingston Arts Council

Friday February 27, 12:30 pm
Harrison-LeCaine Hall, Room 124
Queen’s School of Music

Join KCFF and SOCAN for a candid conversation about film composition and music in film with composers Richard Pell (Bang Bang Baby, Call Me Fitz) and Emily Klassen (Separation Anxiety, SOCAN Foundation Award for Young Audio-visual composer). Moderator: Paul Stillo (Senior Account Executive, Film & Television, SOCAN). With thanks to Queen’s School of Music

BREAKING IN: Starting a Career in Film and Media
Friday, February 27, 2:30 pm
Goodes Hall, Room 108, Queen’s University

Ever wonder what it takes to make it in the film and media industry? How do you get your foot in the door? Where do you even start? ‘Breaking In’ is your chance to connect with the people who have the jobs you want: directors, producers, actors, editors, programmers and more. Structured to allow for informal one-on-one and group conversations to get you the info you need. Industry guests confirm right up to the day of the workshop – keep checking back for up-to-date guest information.

Saturday, February 28, 10AM-11am
Baby Grand (Grand Theatre)
Low Budget Filmmaking
You don’t need a multi-million dollar budget to make a great film! Here’s your chance to get some inside tips and tricks about the world of low-budget filmmaking and how to create huge bang for your buck. Filmmakers: Sarah Goodman (Porch Stories) and others


Ages: recommended for all ages.
Registration: to guarantee entry please RSVP to Walk-ups welcome.

Saturday, February 28, 10 am-12 pm
Davies Lounge (Grand Theatre)

Do you have an inspiring filmmaker in your house? Creative kids will love animating their own claymation film during this free, hands-on workshop. The very next day all of the films debut on the big screen during the ‘C IS FOR CANADA’ screening on Sunday.
Ages: recommended for kids ages 6-10.


Saturday, February 28, 12:30-2:30 pm
Davies Lounge (Grand Theatre)

A version of the kids animation workshop listed above will introduce aspiring filmmakers to the process as they create their very own claymation short. The very next day all of the films will debut on the big screen during the ‘C IS FOR CANADA’ screening on Sunday.
Ages: recommended for youth 11-15.

Registration: To reserve a spot and guarantee entry please RSVP to Walk-ups are welcome, based on capacity.

Saturday, February 28, 12-1:30 pm
Tango Nuevo

Are you an emerging filmmaker looking for a bit of face time with an industry veteran? Here’s your chance! We’re pairing up local filmmakers with visiting KCFF guests to sit down for a casual, one-on-one session where you can share ideas, discuss, and dish about film. This is open to emerging and mid-career filmmakers and film-industry creatives with a desire to learn more – we’ll try our best to pair you with a guest that’s the best fit for you. Don’t be shy — APPLY NOW!

Applications are due by February 1, 2015Download Application Form
Ages: recommended for emerging professionals

Registration: This workshop is limited to 5 participants who must be available on Saturday, February 28 at noon. Interested participants should apply by February 1, 2015. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the KCFF office for a quick meet and greet and selected participants will be notified by February 21.