During the festival and throughout the year, KCFF collaborates with numerous community groups to showcase screenings, workshops, outreach, and other media related programming. Many initiatives are developed for groups with limited access to the arts – specifically, film.
KCFF offers free animation workshops and outreach programs each season. The goal is to give learners a basic understanding of the craft, while assisting them in creating a short film. Recent outreach has seen animation instructors travel to the H’art School of Smiles and Pathways to Education.
A staple of our annual event is the “Breaking In: Starting a Career in Film & Media” workshop, hosted by Queen’s University’s Career Services (Gordon Hall). “Breaking In” is a chance to connect with professionals who play an important role in Canada’s film industry – directors, producers, actors, editors, programmers from companies like CBC, Movieola, SOCAN, and TIFF. Structured to allow for informal one-on-one and group conversations, participants have utilized “Breaking In” to attain employment, advice, contacts, and important leads. This event is open to persons of any age or skill level.
Artists in the Community
Kingston is a vibrant cultural centre with talented artists from a broad range of disciplines. KCFF showcases this talent through our Local Shorts Program, Feature Film Program, workshop instruction, live music, festival design work, and much more. The St. Lawrence College Graphic Design Program creates the amazing festival artwork you see every year during the festival. We are proud to promote the work created in our community!
KCFF has partnered with a number of amazing community groups to offer programming that would not otherwise be available to Kingstonians. Recently, KCFF has partnered with: the Kingston Arts Council, Reelout Arts Project, Tone Deaf, the Skeleton Park Arts Festival, and the Ontario Arts Council.