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Attend

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. 

Passes and tickets and bundles, oh my!

 

At KCFF, we keep a portion of the theatre for single tickets sold in advance (about half) and an allotment of tickets especially for pass-holders (the other half). Any remaining seats will be sold to patrons in the rush line.  We’ll open the theatre doors 40 minutes before each screening, offering those with tickets and passes the best seats in the house. Any remaining seats will be sold to the rush line starting 15 minutes before the show, until we reach capacity.

 

The thrill of the festival means that there are some titles that can be surprisingly popular and each year there is a show or two where demand simply exceeds the number of seats available. While we normally have enough room to accommodate all patrons, we recommend purchasing a ticket in advance or grabbing a pass to avoid disappointment!  We have ticket bundles and passes if you’re planning on attending a bunch of films.  Explore all the pass and ticket options here. 

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 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.   We hope that you’ll make the most of your visit to KCFF and enjoy everything our city has to offer… that is, in your downtime when you’re not watching movies, of course! 

Accommodation

Visiting Kingston from out of town?

We’re working on accommodation packages that will be available early next year — be sure to check back in 2018 for all the details

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.  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 KCFF, we keep a portion of the theatre for single tickets sold in advance (about half) and an allotment of tickets especially for pass-holders (the other half). Any remaining seats will be sold to patrons in the rush line. We’ll open the theatre doors 40 minutes before each screening, offering those with tickets and passes the best seats in the house. Any remaining seats will be sold to the rush line starting 15 minutes before the show, until we reach capacity.

 

PASS

A pass acts as your passport to the Kingston Canadian Film Festival.  Your pass acts as  proof of purchase to access tickets to all of the screenings at the festival (pending capacity).  We reserve at least half of the tickets in all venues for pass-holders and start handing out tickets from the reserved pass-holder allotment starting 2 hours before showtime (you don’t need to arrive that early, but that is an option if you wish to pop out for a cocktail or grab a bite before the show).

The thrill of the festival means that there are some titles that can be surprisingly popular and each year there is a show or two where demand simply exceeds the number of seats available. While we normally have enough room to accommodate all patrons including pass-holders, we recommend grabbing a ticket when available or arriving before we open the doors to rush.

 

ADVANCE TICKETS

This is a single ticket sold in advance of the festival for a specific film (or special event) that guarantees your spot in the venue. Advance tickets for film screenings will be sold online only.  Advance tickets for special events will be sold both online and in outlets.  Advance Tickets will be available online up to 3 hours before a screening or until the reserved allotment has been reached.  If you don’t have time to grab a pass or ticket in advance, you can still attend the festival and grab a ticket in the rush line.

 

RUSH LINE

If you didn’t have a chance to grab a ticket in advance, you can still attend the Festival!  We let pass-holders and ticket holders into the venues first, but will sell off any remaining tickets to the rush line for $15 starting 15 minutes before showtime (first come, first served).  Typically, we can accommodate most patrons, including the rush line, but we do recommend purchasing a pass or ticket in advance or arriving early to line-up.  Please be sure to bring cash since it’s all we can accept in the rush line.

 

PASS PICK-UP

You can pick up your pass at any of the screening venues before your first flick or at the KCFF Info Booth located in the Grand Theatre lobby.

  • Ready to attend KCFF'18?
    • Grab a Festival Pass starting December 1
    • Or purchase Advance Tickets & Bundles starting February 1

Festival Glossary

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

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 sell off the remaining seats to the rush line starting 15 minutes before showtime for $15.  Make sure you bring cash since it’s all we can accept in the rush line.

 

LANYARD

A piece of material that you can wear around your neck (like a necklace or whistle?) that conveniently holds your pass; a way you can flash your pass and access great perks like free drinks at the parties. You can pick this up 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 for a film, they’re available online only.

 

KCFF INFO BOOTH

Located in the foyer of the Grand Theatre each day of the festival, this is where you can pick up your passes, 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 live performances, podcasts, music, and activities that aren’t film screenings but take your festival weekend to the next level.

 

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.

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, usually running less than 20 minutes but sometimes as short as a minute!

 

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) 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 1, 2018. 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.

 

Other Helpful Hints

Developed over 18 years, some of our loyal festival-goers have attending KCFF down to a science.

  • Bring cash. Rush Line tickets, concessions and merchandise are 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!
  • Late afternoon/early evening films tend to be busiest.  If you’re trying to avoid lineups and full theatres you can always catch movies earlier in the day or later at night.
  • Buy in advance for better seats, less (or zero) time in line and the best chance to see the films you want to see.
  • 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 26, 2018

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 from the KCFF info booth 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.

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 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.

  • 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