• Best of Fest 2019 winner was BECOMING WHO I WAS directed by Jin Jeon and Moon Chang Yong

  • A young dance fan meets A DELICATE BALANCE director Christine Chevarie Lessard

  • Melanie and Brenda celebrate at the opening night gala

  • Director Pietra Brettkelly participates in Skype Q A from New Zealand following screening of her film YELLOW IS FORBIDDEN

  • Jon and Dorothy Williams from Montreal attended ISLAND OF HUNGRY GHOSTS nephew Alex Kelly was producer on the film

  • Calina Ellwand moderated a panel with Eliza Seaborn and Justin Mohammad about Australi's island detention centres and refugee issues

  • Wapocuni serves up some delicious Nkosi fare during a post screening reception


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.

Bon Appétit!

Four tasty films about about our relationship to food – growing it, preparing it and eating it.

That’s our theme for the 2018 Wakefield Doc Fest Weekend 2018, Friday, October 12th to Sunday, October 14th! And these four films ought to satisfy your cravings for topical, entertaining and informative fare. This is the third annual themed ‘mini-fest,’ a separate fest, of course, from the main festival that happens in February. And it all takes place at the Centre Wakefield La Pêche in beautiful downtown Wakefield, Québec.

Come spend a thought-provoking weekend viewing a selection of the best current feature-length documentary film – with some delicious extras.

Here are the films and screening times.

  • The Wakefield Mill
  • Genevieve Parent
  • Paul Lemelin
  • General Store
  • Brunet Plus
  • Tourisme Outaouais
  • La Pêche Fier Partenaire