• Best of Fest 2019 winner was BECOMING WHO I WAS directed by Jin Jeon and Moon Chang Yong / Le gagnant du Meilleur film du festival 2019 BECOMING WHO I WAS réalisé par Jin Jeon et Moon Chang-Yong.

  • A young dance fan meets A DELICATE BALANCE director Christine Chevarie Lessard / Une jeune amatrice de danse rencontre Chrstine Chevarie-Lessard, réalisatrice de POINT D’ÉQUILIBRE.

  • Melanie and Brenda celebrate at the opening night gala / Melanie et Brenda fêtant au gala d’ouverture

  • Director Pietra Brettkelly participates in Skype Q A from New Zealand following screening of her film YELLOW IS FORBIDDEN / La réalisatrice Pietra Brettkelly de la Nouvelle-Zélande répond aux questions de l’auditoire via Skype à la suite de son film YELLOW IS FORBIDDEN

  • Jon and Dorothy Williams from Montreal attended ISLAND OF HUNGRY GHOSTS nephew Alex Kelly was producer on the film / Jon et Dorothy Williams de Montréal ont assisté à ISLAND OF HUNGRY GHOSTS – leur neveu Alex Kelly était producteur du film.

  • Calina Ellwand moderated a panel with Eliza Seaborn and Justin Mohammad about Australi's island detention centres and refugee issues / Calina Ellwand (g) a animé une discussion avec Eliza Seaborn (c) et Justin Mohammad (d) au sujet des centres de détention sur les îles d’Australie et de la question des réfugiés en général à la suite de ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS.

  • Wapocuni serves up some delicious Nkosi fare during a post screening reception / Wapocuni sert un délicieux plat de Nkosi lors d’une réception après le film.

10th Annual Wakefield Doc Fest (2019) WRAP UP

What a fest!

First of all, the Big News: the winner of the Wakefield Doc Fest 2019 Best of Fest, sponsored by Roslyn Bern’s Leacross Foundation, was (drum roll, please):

BECOMING WHO I WAS   !!

This beautiful film tells the story of a boy born in Ladakh in Northern India, who is discovered to be the reincarnation of an important Tibetan lama. That may sound pretty dry – but those words don’t come close to doing the story justice. When the new Rinpoche’s devotees do not materialize to escort him to his monastery, he and his tutor must struggle to fulfill his path, resulting in an arduous trip together to Tibet. The real heart of the story is the remarkable and pure relationship between this young Rinpoche and his uncle/tutor. It is a stunningly shot film, providing an incredible intimacy with its characters.

Congratulations to the South Korean filmmaking team, Jin Jeon and Moon Chang-Yong. Woot woot!!

The race for the Best of Fest, which is decided by audience ballot, was intense, with many of the other films coming within .5 of the final winner. This seems appropriate as many comments were received about the quality of the lineup of films screened in this, the 10th Annual festival.

Watch this space for news about our upcoming 3rd Annual Wakefield Doc Fest Weekend, screening at the Centre Wakefield La Pêche October 18 – 20, 2019. Our weekend festival happens every autumn and offers a curated selection of the very best of current Canadian and international feature documentary films, all connected by a particular theme.

WELCOME TO THE 10th ANNUAL WAKEFIELD DOC FEST

The 10th! Yes, indeed. This year’s festival, February 2019, will mark the 10th edition of the annual Wakefield Doc Fest. Woohoo!

Born as Wakefield International Film Festival, this festival,s purpose has always been to provide its audience with thought-provoking documentary film in the deep cold part of the year, what co-founder Robert Rooney liked to call “the dark dog days of winter.”

What better time to gather with other souls in a state-of-the-art facility and appreciate the magic that a rich documentary cinema experience can provide? Ponder, process and discuss issues; share in a good story, well-told; admire what an individual or group has overcome; experience the cutting edge of the form. All of this and more is what the documentary film offers.

Wakefield Doc Fest provides a lot of “value added” for our audiences, through filmmaker visits, panel discussions, Q&As with experts, and the like; and, of course, we like to have a good party, usually with delicious snacks and great live music.

This year, we have a remarkable lineup which celebrates many new voices. Fully five of our films are first feature-length films for their directors, and all have been recognized and awarded at Canadian and international film festivals. As always, we have put together a selection of the very best current Québec, Canadian and international documentary films. We even have a couple of Canadian Premières!

Come and celebrate with us.

Everyone’s a Winner

The Wakefield Doc Fest’s highly sophisticated calculating and tabulating machinery has been working overtime, and the results are in… while all four of the films in our BON APPÉTIT! weekend showed well at the polls, it was THE HEAT: A KITCHEN (R)EVOLUTION that finally won the day! This wonderful and humane film from Canadian filmmaker Maya Gallus tracks seven women chefs in New York, Paris, Toronto and London, revealing their difficulties and successes in a predominantly male world – there might just be a less brutal and combative kitchen culture emerging as a result. It’s still on the festival circuit, so if you weren’t able to see it at BON APPÉTIT!, watch for it in the months ahead at local theatres.

The director of the BON APPÉTIT! Best of Fest film, Maya Gallus, will receive a cash prize generously provided by Roslyn Bern’s Leacross Foundation. Roslyn and the Leacross Foundation provide the prizes for both the main Wakefield Doc Fest festival in February and the themed Wakefield Doc Fest Weekend, in this case, BON APPÉTIT!

Those that were lucky enough to attend the screening on Saturday evening, the 13th of October, were also fortunate to enjoy a panel discussion with four accomplished women chefs from the region: Anna March; Lauren Power; Caroline Murphy and Patricia Larkin. Noted restaurant critic, author and culinary judge Anne DesBrisay also joined us – and the whole discussion was moderated by Jessie Duffy from Edible Ottawa. A fascinating discussion, followed by a terrific reception with delectable finger food, prepared by our own Cordon Bleu chef, Alison Scott, assisted by Lynn Barwin and Rosanda Bellar-Spruyt.

We also drew the names of the winners of our prizes from the ballots submitted, including the fortunate two who won gift bags from our esteemed local chocolatier, La Confiserie: Peter Schulz and Lucie St. Martin. We also drew two names for Weekend Passes to our 10 th Annual (!!) Wakefield Doc Fest, coming in February 2019: Louise De La Gorgondière and Barb Lougheed.

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