WHO WE ARE

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.

A LETTER FROM

The Executive Director

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A LETTER FROM

The Executive Director

The Forest City Film Festival is a showcase for film with connections to the region of Southwestern Ontario. These are films that tell our stories, and without this event many of these movies would not be seen by our community.

In four years we have almost tripled in size, showing more movies, adding three days, a screenwriting competition, three venues, another category, an international screening and Flashback Friday and now a Youth Film Festival. Our audience is growing and it is clear to me why London has embraced us. Our community wants to celebrate the talent of the region. We want to see the stories that touch us, whether local or global, through a regional lens. This festival confirms to us that stories are the compass of a culture, helping share wisdom and understanding of what is good and not so good. Film is the most powerful way that stories can be told. It is the art of our modern world and one of the most important ones because it reaches so many.

We heard many comments from audience members over the first four years about how delighted they are by the quality of films we were able to share with them and the inspiration of rubbing elbows with the filmmakers. The filmmakers were delighted by the opportunity to screen their work to their community and learn and grow from networking with each other and other experts in the field. We are excited to keep growing our audience and provide reasons for London and region to be proud of the talent that comes from within.

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Dorothy Downs Forest City Film Festival Founder and Executive Director

Our Logo

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.

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2016
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2017
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2018
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2019
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2020
SPECIAL THANKS TO

Our Board Members

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DOROTHY DOWNSExecutive Director
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NORMAN DEBONOChair
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HEATHER SISKIND-LEVITE
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ROMY GOULEM
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RENE ZWINKELS
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JOHN BRENNAN
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KELLY PECKHAM
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NANDI BHATIA
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MEGAN FOWLER
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MARK VOGELSANG

Our Advisory Council

Emma Donoghue, Paul Haggis, John Kapelos, Victor Garber

Our Team

Hernan González Paz, Tom Legge, Carson Haight,Romy Goulem, Geoff Hart, Ed Platero, Adam Caplan , Ryner Stoetzer, Susan Hancock, Imogen Wasse, Dereck Beckford, Tom Sobut, Meghan Specht, Juliana Estrada, Steve MacLeod, Sam Downs, Anna Merchant, Anne-Marie MacNeill, Laura Briscoe, Elyse Booth, Katie Thibert, Dan Santarella, Candace Marzano, Jocelyn Deng, Ilana Abby Walker, Tanya Dyke, Steve MacLeod, Dave Baughman, Ceris Thomas, Leslie Rand, Craig Kermer, Mark Volgelsang, Malvin Wright, Daniel Boudreau, Nandita Dutta, Christin Muuli, Maria Luisa Contursi, Lauren Snell, Kevin Labonte, Peter Verveniotis, Melissa Franco, Bryan Blaak, Monica Ulici, Mark Vogelsang, Romy Goulem, Matthew Downs, Christopher Runciman, Michael McKinlay, Blair Haynes, Keith Tomasek, David Holden, Jennier O'Brien, Bailey Giroux, Mariana Benjamin, Janice Moore , Steve &Deborah Mitchel, Rene Zwinkels, Shelly Siskind, Heather Siskind, Nandi Bhatia, John Brennan, Jenn Hall, Constanza Burucua, Bruce Carter, Savanah Sewell, Cory Crossman, James Raeney, Chris Campbell, Norma Coates, Ryan Schroyens, Meg Vankerrbroeck, Kennedy Mezger, Michale Mellow, Janice Moore, Constanza Burucua, Henri Boyi, Jen Sandu, Alexandra Irimia, Sebastian Di Trolio, Charlie Egleston, Tobias Nagl , Chris Gittings, Judith Kanatahawi Schuyler, Ann Teetzel-Debono, Nathan Garber, Deb Trotechaud, Christa Boker