October 2019 will see a flurry of activity in Downtown London as the Forest City Film Festival begins its fourth season. The festival brings together creatives from this region who have gone on to do amazing work all around the world, and builds pride in an audience that celebrates this talent.
Bigger than ever before, it opens October 23rd with the Youth Film Festival, showcasing 20 of the best films created by high school talent over the past year, and will be followed by 65 films from Southwestern Ontario and as far away as Spain, Chile, the Philippines, and Rwanda.
The opening film of the main festival is Prey, winner of the 2019 Hot Docs Rogers Audience Choice Award for Best Canadian Feature and the DGC Special Jury Prize. Prey follows one survivor as he pursues justice through a public trial in the hopes of forcing the dark and hidden story of clergy sexual abuse to light. The story was filmed in parts of Southwestern Ontario and the director, Matt Gallagher is from Windsor, as are some of the plaintiffs in the film. London lawyer, Rob Talach, aka the “Priest Hunter” has filed 395 cases against the Catholic Church, and will be present at the post-screening Q&A to interact with the audiences.
Canadian icons like Patricia Rozema, Gordon Pinsent, Sheila McCarthy, and Robert Budreau are also being celebrated with their newest films. Coming back this year is the FCFF Flashback Feature, this time screening the very charming 1987 film, “I’ve Heard The Mermaids Singing”; October 26th.
The International Screening is a regular feature of the festival, and this year, FCFF is working with the Cross Cultural Learners Centre to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide; the two Rwandan films feature powerful and resilient subjects in their efforts to reconcile with this horrifying moment in the collective history by retelling and sharing their personal histories through photographs and lifelong dreams. “Imara” and “The Faces We Lost” screen October 27th.
Some iconic films are also making their way to London, fresh from TIFF 2019. Among them is the TIFF Opening Film, “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band”, also with a strong connection to Southwestern Ontario. So if 519 folks missed the action-packed September week in Toronto, they can make their way to London for an exciting weekend of films, parties and rubbing elbows with icons of the Canadian and International film industries.
For more on the Forest City Film Festival, visit www.forestcityfilmfest.ca.