About us

Our Story

The Durham Region Film Festival (DRIFF) began in 2015 as a locally focused event, held at two distinct venues to showcase the remarkable world of films and filmmaking. Taking full advantage of Durham’s cultural landscape, it was held at the elegant Regent Theatre and extraordinary Docville Movie Set, offering the magical experience of film both on screen and behind the scenes. Dedicated to the promotion and celebration of emerging and established filmmakers, the world of cinema and talented artists, came together at this inaugural event, to elevate Durham’s strong and growing film community.

The DRIFF offers gala events, screenings, award ceremonies, experiential activities and movie set demonstrations. We host a large number of filmmakers from our backyard and beyond, connecting them with audiences through post-screening question and answer periods, workshops, networking events, and through film panels and discussions.

The 2017 lineup is presented in series that group DRIFF's offerings into easily identifiable categories such as: animation, documentaries, features, shorts and student films. We will also present a number of awards to outstanding films selected by our audiences and esteemed juries.

This new, exciting event is brought to Durham through the wonderful support of the Film Festival Sub-committee, consisting of local film industry veterans, stakeholders and film enthusiasts as well as many volunteers and very generous sponsors.

Our Mission

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.