The 7th annual Wakefield International Film Festival kicks off this weekend in beautiful Wakefield, QC! What better way to beat the winter blues than to enjoy some of the best current international documentary films and to have meaningful discussions about them?
The recently deceased Robert Rooney and his beloved wife Brenda first started the festival in 2010. Robert believed in the power of documentary film both as an agent of change, and as a means to share the experience of life, art, music and history in all manifestations.
“We started WIFF to fulfill a need. In our world of information overload and short attention spans we felt the need to take some time to reflect on an issue, on a particular aspect of human existence, so that we could form an educated opinion about it. The documentary film allows us to do that,” as stated on the festival website.
Robert and Brenda Rooney curated this year’s line-up; this was Robert’s last artistic endeavour before he passed away on January 5, 2016.
The festival’s premier and first showing will be held on Feb. 6th at 4 p.m. The first film on the schedule is In Pursuit of Peace, directed by Montreal filmmaker, Garry Beitel. Beitel himself will be attending the screening, and will be taking questions and comments after the film.
The festival is held in the Great Hall of the Wakefield Centre La Pêche located at 38 Valley Drive, only a 20-minute drive from downtown Ottawa.
Tickets are available online or at the door. The full schedule for the festival can be found here.