KCFF was launched in 2001 by Alex Jansen, then a film student at Queen’s University.
It began as a three-day event at the Screening Room Movie Theatre, a two screen repertory cinema which Jansen was managing at the time. Fifteen of the twenty original screenings sold out.
In 2002, the festival added a second venue, increased the number of screenings substantially and added a fourth day to the event, becoming the largest showcase of feature films from across Canada. Over the years the festival has continued to develop, launching the Local Filmmaking Initiative to provide educational and networking opportunities for local filmmakers, presenting a high school outreach program, guaranteeing the inclusion of French language films at each festival, and adding retrospective screenings and a Master class. 2014 was a strong year as the KCFF festival broke attendance and box office records. This is exciting news as the KCFF prepares for an important milestone year in 2015: the 15th anniversary celebration!