a note from the director

Hello KCFF friends and fans!


We missed getting to say “hello” to many of you at the Fest and so much has changed since.  There will be lots to talk about when we meet again.  Speaking of which…


Many of our core festival-goers base winter plans around KCFF and we’ve already received some inquiries about 2021.  While the arts world is still in uncharted territory and taking things week-by-week, our intent is to host KCFF21 from March 4-7, 2021. So, save the dates!


Our strategy in the coming months is to stay positive and keep an open mind.  The Hot Docs festival just completed a very successful digital event.  TIFF has announced plans to run a “hybrid festival” of both in-person and digital screenings.  So, we’ll continue to watch how festivals plan and execute their events in the coming months.  We’re also participating in multiple research studies to gauge the changing attitudes of audiences across Canada.  And of course, we’ll listen to YOU, our amazing supporters!   We’re already working on KCFF21 and are determined to deliver the best version possible.


Once again, thanks to our donors, sponsors and funders for sticking by us during these challenging times.  As businesses continue to re-open, please consider supporting them!


Stay safe and healthy and hope to see you all soon,


Marc Garniss

Festival Director
Kingston Canadian Film Festival

support the festival

As many of you know, KCFF20 came to an abrupt stop on March 12 after growing concern around the impact and severity of COVID 19. The unexpected and unprecedented cancellation was an incredible disappointment for everyone and a huge blow to our not-for-profit, charitable organization.  We were tremendously moved by the outpouring of support from the community, including our patrons, sponsors, colleagues and friends and their encouragement and generosity will help move us forward as we look to rebuild.  If you’d also like to support the Festival and help see us forward, you can make a donation online and your tax receipt will be issued immediately.

Have a new film you think our audience will love? 

We’ve officially opened our call for submissions and will be reviewing films all fall long. We’re accepting features (30+ minutes) and shorts (under 30 minutes) including films made locally for our Local Shorts program (go figure) and short films created by youth still enrolled in Secondary school in the fall. Submission fees are waived this year and the online form is a cinch, so there’s nothing to lose —  show us what you’ve got!