About Us


A country’s national cinema is a conversation between filmmakers and
audiences about who we are as a people — what we have in common, when we
disagree, where we’ve come from and where we’re going. But for that conversation to flourish, Canadian audiences need access to
our films, not just in the biggest cities, but in communities across
the country. The mission of KCFF is grounded in the belief that Canadian film and filmmakers are distinctive and vital to our country’s culture.  We seek to develop an audience for our national cinema by promoting, celebrating and showcasing Canadian film and by supporting and encouraging Canadian film production.  

We do this by:

  • Researching, programming and exhibiting Canadian feature-length films
  • Presenting and promoting culturally diverse Canadian films and films in both official languages
  • Providing educational, networking and career opportunities for professional and amateur Canadian filmmakers and artists
  • Presenting locally-produced short films
  • Nurturing film production in our community

KCFF is a one-of-a-kind chance for our audiences; the festival’s
programming approach is infused with that sense of responsibility and


KCFF was launched in 2001 by Alex Jansen, 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 languages films at each festival, and adding retrospective screenings and a Master class. 


Kingston is located in the beautiful and scenic
Thousand Islands region, midway between Toronto and Montreal, southwest
of Ottawa, close to the Hill Island US border and conveniently located
just off Highway 401.

Coming by Car?
Toronto (approx. 3 hours): Hwy 401E to Kingston. Exit #617 onto
Division Street. Turn right onto Division St and follow to Princess

From Ottawa (approx. 2 hours): Hwy 416 South to Hwy 401
West towards Kingston. Take exit #617 Division Street, turn right onto
Division Street and follow to Princess Street.

From the United
States, entering at the Thousand Islands Bridge, Ivy Lea, Ontario
(approx. 50 min): I-81 North until entering Canada (partial toll road),
continue on Hwy 137 N, take the exit onto Hwy 401 W towards
Kingston/Toronto. Take exit #617 Division Street, turn right onto
Division Street and follow to Princess Street. Turn left onto Princess

Coming by Bus?

Coach Canada
offers daily departures and arrivals in Kingston, to and from major
city centres such as Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Cornwall, and
Peterborough.  613.547.4916

Greyhound Voyageur Bus Lines
provides service to and from the Kingston terminal. There are nine
daily departures and arrivals providing convenient connections to
Ottawa. 613. 547.4916

Coming by Train?

With multiple departures and arrivals daily, Via Rail offers connections to and from major city centres such as Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. 1.800.VIA.RAIL

Coming By Air?

daily commercial departures and arrivals to and from Toronto's Pearson
International Airport, Norman Rogers Airport (YGK) is Kingston's link to
all global destinations. For more information on the flights servicing
the Kingston region, please consult your local travel agent.