Look who’s coming to Kingston?


Part of the KCFF experience is the engaging post-show Q&A’s! Our special guests not only take part in moderated “talk back” sessions with the audience, but are sometimes seen at our receptions, special events, or even taking in some of the movies on their down-time. Our special guests love chatting with our audience both formally at the Q&A’s and informally in the lobby or foyer after the show.   Due to busy production schedules, lots of our guests confirm on short notice, so we’ll be continually updating our guest list from now until the start of KCFF – however, here’s a partial list to get you started.

While we’re excited for the appearance of all guests, here are a few that seem to be generating lots of buzz and excitement so far…

Jayne Eastwood
An original cast member of SCTV, the award-winning Eastwood has appeared in Hairspray, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Goin’ Down the Road and Down the Road Again (the latter two of which are screening at KCFF20), and many, many others over her successful career in film and TV.

Wendy Crewson
Winner of six Gemini Awards and two Canadian Screen Awards, Crewson hit Hollywood with films like The Good Son , The Santa Clause, Air Force One, Bicentennial Man, and What Lies Beneath. She’s also starred in lots of indies like Away from Her, Room, and KCFF20 film From the Vine (which is selling quick!). Crewson graduated from the Queen’s University Department of Drama.

Andrea Bang
Best known for playing Janet Kim in the CBC comedy Kim’s Convenience, for which she was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award (Best Actress in a Comedy Series). At KCFF20, Andrea will be taking part in a “Behind the Scenes” event that will get to know her (and the show we love)!

Kids in the Hall
If you’ve seen the show, you know these guys are rock-stars and pioneers in Canadian sketch comedy. We’ll have Kevin McDonald here for his new “one-man show” and Scott Thompson and Paul Bellini (the unofficial sixth “Kid”) on behalf of their new doc Mouth Congress. These are gonna sell out so don’t snooze on tickets.

Sonja Smits
Gemini and Genie Award winner, Smits is a Canadian star who has played roles in many television series, including Falcon Crest, Airwolf, Odyssey 5, The Outer Limits, Street Legal, The Best Laid Plans and The Eleventh Hour. Smits also played Bianca O’Blivion in the David Cronenberg horror movie Videodrome. She’ll be at KCFF20 for the world premiere of Drifting Snow!

Don Shebib
Director of arguably the most influential Canadian film of all time (Goin’ Down the Road), Shebib’s career is full of television and film accolades. Goin’ Down the Road turns 50 years old this year and Shebib will be in attendance to chat about this important year for his big film.

Emile Gaudreault
Gaudreault has had a superstar career in Quebec comedy, led by his appearance in Louis 19, King of the Airwaves, which he also co-wrote. It won the Golden Reel Award for top-grossing Canadian film in 1994. He has since written and directed two more Golden Reel winners, Wedding Night and Father and Guns. See him at KCFF20 for Canada’s top grossing film of the year, Menteur.

Paul Vachon
A member of the Vachon wrestling family, he followed his brother into the profession adopting the moniker “Butcher Vachon.”  He wrestled in the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE), National Wrestling Alliance and Georgia Championship Wrestling (later would become WCW). He’s the subject in the film The Last Villains, playing KCFF20!

Sean Cullen
Canadian actor, voice artist and stand-up comedian, Cullen has been described in Time as the “vanguard of comedy’s next generation.” He’s also best known for providing voices of characters in shows like Best EdSeven Little Monsters, and Almost Naked Animals. He’ll be at KCFF20 for his stand-up comedy show and for a Q&A for the film The Twentieth Century (in which he appears!)

Piers Handling
Handling is the former CEO of Canada’s juggernaut festival, TIFF, and was named CEO of the Year by the Canadian Public Relations Society (2003). He’ll be at KCFF as the moderator for Goin’ Down the Road and Down the Road Again. Handling also studied philosophy at Queen’s University.