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The 4th annual Durham Region International Film Festival rolls out the red carpet this fall! The 2018 Durham Region International Film Festival (DRIFF), taking place October 17-20th, is four days of carefully selected films, filmmaking demonstrations and a one-of-a-kind movie-making experience at Docville’s Wild West movie set.

Taking full advantage of Durham’s cultural landscape, a collection of short films, documentaries and features will screen across the region in the Whitby Centennial Theatre, Port Perry’s Old Flame Brewery, the Regent Theatre in Oshawa and at Durham College.

The festival opens up with “What is Democracy?” a feature documentary that casts a wide net, ranging through subjects as diverse as ancient Greece, civil rights movements, and recent false claims about voter fraud in the U.S. Clara, our centerpiece screening plays Friday evening at the Regent Theatre for the gala and awards night. The feature film follows the pursuit of discovery from 23-year-old writer/director Akash Sherman’s sci-fi drama that previously played TIFF18.

New this year DRIFF has collaborated with G.L. Roberts C.V.I. to bring an exclusive program of films catered to the student population so they can take part in the cinematic experience. These screenings are open to high school students in the DDSB from October 17-19.

On Saturday participants go behind the scenes to make a Movie-in-a-Day with Durham College’s School of Media, Art and Design at Docville in Newcastle.

With Halloween just around the corner, DRIFF’s closing night film is a horror feature “Lifechanger” that is set to screen in North Oshawa at Durham College.

DRIFF is a local non-profit dedicated to promoting arts, culture and community in the region. The festival not only showcases great films, but puts an emphasis on community involvement.

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The goal of the DRIFF is to champion filmmakers and new artists in order to contribute to local, national, and international film landscapes. We're dedicated to supporting contemporary and critical films that encourage important dialogue. 

We aim to inspire filmmakers, movie buffs and the curious-minded with our script-to-screen programming and extraordinary stories. The DRIFF is an opportunity to foster valuable connections between like-minded cineastes and industry professionals.

As DRIFF continues to become an integral part of the local and international film culture. We aim to create experiences that bring people together through the art of cinema, and foster a more vibrant community.