• OUR TIME MACHINE, voted Best of Fest 2020 by our audience (sponsored by the Leacross Foundation)

KEEPING ON KEEPING ON

The weekend of October 16 – 18, 2020 would have been our 5th Annual Wakefield Doc Fest Weekend. Sadly, like so many other festivals and events, we’ve had to cancel this, our autumn weekend festival.

But there is such a thing as counting blessings. Wakefield Doc Fest was so fortunate in the timing of our main festival this year. It ended March 1st, pretty much JUST before the COVID-19 boom lowered, putting us all back on our haunches, scratching our collective heads in wonder, fear and confusion.

And so, what can we do but set our sights forward with hope and a perservering spirit? In the face of the dire ‘second wave’ stories – not to mention the daily horror stories about the racial divide and the climate emergency – we are stepping forward with determination to make our February festival both strong and beautiful. And we’ll continue on this planning path unless or until circumstances force us to cancel and/or postpone.

We strongly believe we need documentary film. We need to gather together to watch and discuss. It’s important to community and to the world.

Wherever you are: stay safe, stay healthy.

Graphic nicked from The Guardian

Welcome to the 11th Annual Wakefield Doc Fest: February 7 – March 1

In the year of perfect vision, 20/20! We’re pleased to offer up a rather intensely varied program this year, in a set of four ‘themed’ weekends.

We begin our fest, as always, with ‘All Québec, All the Time,’ showcasing the remarkable vitality of Québec film. Our second weekend, ‘Overdrive,’ celebrates tenacity and perhaps a little of the craziness of the competitive spirit. We turn to ‘The Good Fight’ in weekend three, with films that, in very different ways, chart the battle for truth and justice. And ‘The Play’s the Thing’, our final weekend, offers two exceptional documentaries that have the rich experience of theatre at their core.

As always, we’ll have a lot of ‘value-added’ experiences for our audience, including filmmaker visits in person or by Skype, panel discussions, etc., and, of course, we like to have fun, too! You can expect after-film events in the lobby, usually with delicious food and often with great music.

It’s a small but estimable festival, we think. We hope you do, too.

  • The Wakefield Mill
  • Genevieve Parent
  • Kaffe 1870
  • Le Hibou
  • Brunet Plus
  • Paul Lemelin
  • General Store
  • La Pêche Fier Partenaire
  • SODEC
  • Tourisme Outaouais
  • Leacross Foundation