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The KCFF Experience

 

Attending a festival is a bit of a balancing act: you’re juggling film schedules and travel times, building in time for special events and downtime to regroup for the next day; that’s what makes a festival such a blast!  Our schedule features a number of activities happening simultaneously which means you can explore your favourite genres or discover new ones, check out films from Oscar winners or emerging filmmakers, or grab a beer and chat with an industry guest.  Whatever you decide, it all happens at KCFF. 

Each year we welcome new and returning audiences to Kingston to see some of the best Canadian cinema of the year.  Our festival is like our city: warm, down-to-earth, and approachable.  The majority of our venues are in Kingston’s historic downtown and within walking distance or close proximity to one another.  Along the way you’ll find a range of incredible restaurants, cafes and pubs from fine dining to quick grab-and-get-back-to-the-festival fare.  

Plan your trip

 

From accommodation packages and helpful hints, to dinner recommendations and festival speak, we’ve compiled a list of important information so you can make the most of your time and maximize your experience at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival.

New to KCFF?

 

Great Canadian cinema awaits but festival speak can sometimes be confusing.  Don’t let it get you down!  We’ve demystified some of our most common festival terms in the glossary below so you can get in the know before you arrive.  You can also feel free to chat with staff and volunteers up to and during the festival.  In typical Canadian fashion, we’re very nice.

Visiting Kingston from out of town?

 

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to our city.  If you need a place to stay, we’re offering accommodation packages with our hospitality sponsors that combine KCFF passes and deluxe accommodations for your ultimate mid-winter getaway.

  • Have a question?

    • Please feel free to ask any of our volunteers or festival staff on site
    • Or you can email us before the festival and we’ll help you out that way

Accommodation

Visiting Kingston from out of town?

With our accommodation sponsor Delta Hotels by Marriott Kingston Waterfront we’re offering pass and accommodation packages for KCFF’17.  Located in the heart of downtown and close to festival screening venues, cafes, shops, and restaurants you can enjoy the festival and all Kingston has to offer.  

 

  • 3-FILM PACKAGE $179
    • Includes one 3-FILM PASS and a one night stay at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Kingston Waterfront
    • Add $30 for each additional 3-film pass and $149 for each additional night

  • VIP PACKAGE $239
    • Includes one VIP FILM PASS and a one night stay at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Kingston Waterfront
    • Add $90 for each additional pass and $149 for each additional night

  • PREFERRED RATE $149
    • The Delta Hotels by Marriott Kingston Waterfront is also offering a preferred nightly rate to KCFF guests
    • Media and film industry professionals attending the festival are eligible, as well as visitors

To book

Please select a package and contact Greg Bell at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Kingston Waterfront by email or phone (613) 549-8100

 

Other KCFF accommodation partners include:

Ambassador Kingston, Courtyard by Marriott, Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront, Secret Garden Inn.
Food, Dining & Drinks

Looking for a light nosh or a mid-festival meal?

Our restaurant sponsors are, no coincidence, some of the best in the city.  We are grateful for their support and hope that you’ll support them in turn! 

AMADEUS

170 Princess Street, 613-546-7468

AQUATERRA

1 Johnson Street, 613-549-6243

ATOMICA

71 Brock Street, 613-530-2118

CURRY ORIGINAL

253A Ontario Street, 613-531-9376

DIANNE’S

195 Ontario Street, 613-507-3474

HARPER’S BURGER BAR

93 Princess Street, 613-507-3663

LE CHIEN NOIR BISTRO

69 Brock Street, 613-549-5635

OLIVEA

39 Brock Street, 613-547-5483

PAN CHANCHO

44 Princess Steet, 613-544-7790

TANGO NUEVO

331 King St. East, 613-548-3778

TIR NAN OG

200 Ontario Street, 613-544-7474

What’s a movie without popcorn?

All of the venues have concession stands with popcorn, candy and other treats available.  Plus our screening venues are licensed to sell liquor for the duration of the festival with proceeds from sales supporting KCFF, so you can grab a bottle of Steam Whistle to enjoy before (and during) the show!  We can only accept cash for concessions and booze so we’d recommend visiting an ATM before you arrive.

 

For those of you on a Canadian movie marathon finding time for a sit-down meal can be a bit of a challenge.  If you’re powering through and don’t plan to take a break for dinner or lunch, we’d recommend packing a sandwich or light-meal.  Although outside food is not permitted in the theatres, there are lots of areas available in the lobbies of all venues where you can refuel in time for your next flick!

Venues, Directions & Parking

Centred in and around historic downtown Kingston, KCFF venues boast cozy theatres for catching great Canadian flicks all in walking distance from one another (or a 3-5 minute drive if that’s what you’d prefer).   We’ve expanded the festival this year to include larger venues with more comfortable seats.

 

See the list of festival venues

Closer to the festival we’ll have a full list of venues available plus maps you can grab on your phone, directions, and information about parking.

Screenings, Passes & Tickets
Festival Screenings

At each screening we have 2 lines: one for patrons with passes and tickets purchased in advance (pass-holder line) and the other for patrons who still need to buy tickets (the rush line).  We’ll start to admit the pass-holder line into the venues starting 30-40 minutes before each screening right up until showtime.  We’ll open the venue up to the rush line approximately 20 minutes before the screening until we reach capacity, cut the lights, and cue the Canadian movie.

 

PASS

A pass acts as your passport to the Kingston Canadian Film Festival.  With a pass, you don’t select any films or pick up tickets to the screenings in advance.   You simply show up at the venue and head to the pass-holder line and your pass acts as proof of purchase to get into the screening, which means you don’t need to bring extra cash (unless you want to buy popcorn, of course). A 3-Film Pass is valid for 3 films (go figure) and the VIP and VIP+ Passes are unlimited — it’s totally up to you and your movie-watching stamina!

 

ADVANCE TICKETS

This is a single ticket sold in advance of the festival for a specific film (or special event). Advance tickets for film screenings will be sold online only.  Advance tickets for special events will be sold both online and in outlets.

 

RUSH LINE

This is where you head if you don’t buy a pass or an advance ticket (same as buying “at the door”). We let pass-holders and ticket holders into the venues first, but in the rush line you’ll have a chance to chat with some great people about movies and the limestone city and then head into the venue about 20 minutes before. Make sure you bring cash since it’s all we can accept in the rush line.

 

PASS PICK-UP

Unless you’ve purchased a pass in one of our outlets, you’ll need to pick up your pass from our info booth.  The KCFF Info booth will be located in the Grand Theatre foyer February 27-March 1 from 12 -6pm and March 2-5 from 12-7 pm.

Festival Glossary

Festival speak can be a little mysterious, so we’ve compiled a short glossary of KCFF terms.

PASS

A pass acts as your passport to the Kingston Canadian Film Festival. With a pass, you don’t select any films or pick up tickets to the screenings in advance.   You simply show up at the venue and head to the pass-holder line and your pass acts as proof of purchase to get into the screening, which means you don’t need to bring extra cash (unless you want to buy popcorn, of course). A 3-Film Pass is valid for 3 films (go figure) and the VIP and VIP+ Passes are unlimited — it’s totally up to you and your movie-watching stamina!

 

PASS-HOLDER

Did you buy a VIP, VIP+ or 3-Film Pass? You’re now a pass-holder.

 

ADVANCE TICKETS

This is a single ticket sold in advance of the festival for a specific film (or special event). Advance tickets for film screenings will be sold online only. Advance tickets for special events will be sold both online and in outlets.

 

RUSH LINE

This is where you head if you don’t buy a pass or an advance ticket (same as buying “at the door”). We let pass-holders and ticket holders into the venues first, but in the rush line you’ll have a chance to chat with some great people about movies and the limestone city and then head into the venue about 20 minutes before. Make sure you bring cash since it’s all we can accept in the rush line.

 

HOSPITALITY SUITE

An oasis in the festival landscape where you can recharge and refresh with delicious food and drinks, open only to VIP+ pass-holders and industry guests.

 

LANYARD

A piece of material that you can wear around your neck (like a necklace or whistle?) that conveniently holds your VIP pass; a way you can flash your VIP pass and access great perks like free drinks at the parties. You can pick this up at the KCFF Info Booth when you pick up your pass.

 

OUTLET

A physical location where you can go, walk in, pay, and walk out with a pass. At our outlets we’ll sell passes and special event tickets only. If you’re looking for a single advance ticket, they’re available online only.

 

PASS PICK-UP

Unless you’ve purchased a pass in one of our outlets, you’ll need to pick up your pass from our info booth.

 

KCFF INFO BOOTH

Located in the foyer of the Grand Theatre from 12-6pm each day. This is where you can pick up your passes starting February 27 and stop back to grab a program guide or ask a question from a KCFF staff member or volunteer. A central meeting place during the festival, please feel free to pop by if you have any questions, need a restaurant recommendation, or just want to say hi.

 

SPECIAL EVENT

These are the music, comedy, live performances, and special guest appearances that aren’t film screenings but take your festival weekend to the next level.

FESTIVAL GUIDE

This little 36 page guide packs a lot of information about everything you can experience at KCFF including the schedule, film synopses, workshops, special events and much more. Grab a copy and start to plan your festival route accordingly.

We’ll also have everything listed on our website, which is mobile friendly and will be the most comprehensive festival listing. You can also see things you can’t in our guide like last minute changes and additions to the schedule, as well as special guests who will be appearing at the festival like directors and cast members, industry heavyweights and film legends.

 

Q+A

What’s a film festival without a post-screening Q+A? We have incredible moderators like Thom Ernst, Jess Allen and our own director of programming Jason Anderson who will chat with visiting filmmakers and guests appearing on behalf of their films. This is where you can chat directly and ask burning questions like “how did you prevent the camera from freezing when you were filming in Winnipeg in January?” and “what is Gordon Pinsent like in real life?”

 

SHORT

Just a short film, running less than 20 minutes.

 

SHORTS PACKAGE

We bundle a bunch of short films and play them all back-to-back. This is a great option for seeing a bunch of films, discovering new talent and for those with shorter attention spans. We have a couple of shorts packages: Canadian (that features shorts from filmmakers across this great nation of ours) Local Shorts (made right here in Kingston by local talent), C is for Canada (short films created by professional filmmakers for children, families and the young at heart) and the Youth Shorts (films created by local filmmakers 17 and under).

 

FEATURE

A feature-length film, normally over an hour.

 

OPENING NIGHT

We kick off the festival and get the whole thing started on Thursday March 2, 2017. We celebrate in style at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts and keep the party going with our Opening Night Reception.

 

CLOSING NIGHT AWARDS

3 short days later we’ll celebrate the end of the festival (we love a party). We’ll cap the whole thing off by announcing the winners of our People’s Choice Award voted on by audiences throughout the festival, the Steam Whistle Home Brew Award for Best Local Short, and the Best Youth Short.

 

PEOPLE’S CHOICE BALLOT

In Kingston, we have a knack for knowing what we like and loving what we love. When you arrive at a KCFF screening you’ll receive a ballot for our People’s Choice Award. On each corner, you’ll notice a number from 1 to 4: 1 is low, 4 is high. After the movie, tear off the corner that corresponds to your vote and return it to a volunteer on your way out of the venue. We’ll tabulate all of the votes from each screening and declare Kingston’s favourite movie, our People’s Choice Award at the Closing Night Awards party.

Other Helpful Hints

Developed over 17 years, some of our loyal festival-goers have attending KCFF down to a science.

  • Bring cash whenever possible! Rush Line tickets, concessions and merchandise are often cash only – there are many bank machines within easy walking distance of all venues.
  • Follow us on social media.  Even if you’re not a fan of Twitter, it may be of use this festival season!  We will keep patrons posted on available seats at each venue, potential sellouts, and general festival advice – example: “Limited tickets left at the Screening Room” or “free popcorn for first 20 patrons at Convocation Hall”, and so on!
  • 7:00 pm films tend to be busiest.  If you’re trying to avoid lineups and full theatres you can always catch movies in the 4 pm and 9 pm slots which are less busy.
  • Buy a pass for better seats, less time in line and the best chance to see the films you want to see.
  • No pass?  No problem!  If you don’t have a pass, you should still attend. Patrons can usually get a ticket “at the door” the night of a screening (bring cash!), 20 minutes before the start time. Festival ushers can help find a seat for you if space becomes limited – just ask a volunteer or staff member if you need some help.
  • Don’t be shy!  If you have any questions about the festival, schedule, dining, accessibility, or anything else, ask a volunteer or staff member who will be more than willing to help you out. Volunteers are generally dressed in black with bright orange volunteer passes – easy to see!
  • Help us help you.   Every year, KCFF strives to get better and the comments provided by our patrons are instrumental in our decision making.  Fill out audience surveys and provide your comments or send us an email to share your thoughts.

Media Accreditation
The Kingston Canadian Film Festival welcomes and encourages members of the press to attend our festival. We are happy to facilitate interviews with visiting filmmakers, cast and crew, and arrange special press screenings upon request.
Q: How do I register for press accreditation?

A: Please email us with “PRESS REQUEST” in the subject line.  Your query will be directed to the appropriate staff member.

Q: What is deadline for press registration?

A: Deadline is February 24, 2017

Q: Do I need to submit a photo?

A: Yes.  Our box office staff check passes frequently so all members of the press will need an appropriate press pass with photo to be admitted to screenings and special events.

Q: I have questions about Kingston and/or accommodations – can you help?

A: Yes, please see the accommodation tab above for the preferred rates.

Q: When/where can I pick up my pass?

A: Media passes are available for pickup between 12pm-7pm each day of the festival starting on Monday February 27, 2017 at the KCFF info station located within The Grand Theatre, 218 Princess Street.  Please bring a valid photo ID to claim your pass.

 

For all other press questions, please email us.