Forest City Film Festival
We bring the best of the work of film artists connected to Southwestern Ontario in a juried competition for features, shorts, documentaries, short documentaries and short animations. Additionally, FCFF presents a selection of the best Canadian films of the year, industry workshops and networking, a screenplay competition, filmmaker Q&As, receptions and awards.
The Executive Director
The Executive Director
In years to come as we look back at the history of FCFF, 2020 will be seen as the year we made our mark as an annual festival that will be here, come hell or high water, or COVID-19.
While others scaled back their events or shut down for a year we decided to do the opposite and reach out even more, work to be even bigger than in past years, do things even better than some established festivals and really make our community take note. In screening more than 70 films and events, all online, and getting nearly 2,000 sales which may translate into an audience of more than 4,000, the Forest City Film Festival has proven there is a passion for local film among local film lovers, and we will feed that audience as we support local filmmakers and their craft.
I feel proud of our incredible team of nearly 100 people that made it happen.
I am very happy that we made the decision to move forward despite all of the challenges and hard work that it entailed. Most of all I feel really excited for what the future holds for this festival.
Thank you to our sponsors who supported us when times were tough. Your community-mindedness made it possible. Thank you to filmmakers who sent their films in for digital streaming and attended the industry events. Thank you to our loyal audience who bought tickets even though it’s not the way they would prefer to enjoy the festival.
We hope 2020 was a year that everyone “Festivaled their own way!”
Since the beginning, we were certain that we wanted to represent this beautiful city of London in our name and our imagery. Our logo is the London skyline where the skyscrapers are made of film strips adorned with the evergreen Forest City leaf. Over the last 5 years our festival visual branding has been an interpretation around this main logo.
Our Board Members
Dorothy Downs, Executive Director
Nick Scott, FCYFF Manager
Chelsea Preston, Development Manager
Evan Rowell, Digital Marketing Supervisor
Our Advisory Council
Emma Donoghue, Paul Haggis, John Kapelos, Victor Garber, David Shore
Anne Cowley, Nandini Melwani, Noam Levy, Rushil Malik, Sonia Soave, Hanbi Lee, Iris Janssen, Jenny Yang, Kennedy Kimber-Johnson, Laura Briscoe, Elyse Booth, Katie Thibert, Dan Santarella, Candace Marzano, Dave Baughman, Evan Rowell , Mark Volgelsang, Daniel Boudreau, Emily Sun, Jocelyn Deng, Julia Conrad , Will Sharpe, Derrick Beckford, Juliana Estrada, Rocha Neto, Henri Boyi, Jen Sandu, Alexandra Irimia, Anna Merchant, Anne-Marie MacNeill, Keith Tomesek, Tatiana Ostashko, Mariah Brenders, Janan Dean, Carson Haight, Hernan Gonzales Paz, Tom Legge, Jordan Morris, Shelly Quade, Ed Platero Adam Caplan, Ryner Stoetzer, Savanah Sewell, Cory Crossman, James Raeney, Chris Campbell, Norma Coates, Ryan Schroeyens, Christin Muuli, Kevin Labonte, Peter Verveniotis, Bryan Blaak, Matthew Downs, Christopher Runciman, Michael McKinlay, Blair Haynes, Constanza Burucua, Ramanpreet Kaur, Upasana Thakkar, Anmol Dutta, Dishan Anderson, Matt Prokopiw, Jennifer O’Brien, Bailey Giroux, Janice Moore, Steve & Deborah Mitchel, Shelly Siskind, Heather Siskind, Nandi Bhatia, Jenn Hall, Bruce Carter,John Reed, Paul Culliton,Mariah Brenders, Dan Santarella, Laura Briscoe, Malvin Wright, Steve MacLeod, Craig Kerner, Dave Baughman, Candace Marzano, Ben Andrews, Ethan Hickey, Katie Thibert
Special thanks to our official photographer, Omar Alvarado!