M’Chigeeng, ON – The Weengushk International Film Festival (WIFF) will be moving online for our third edition of the festival from July 9th to 12th, 2020. WIFF is a celebration of storytelling through film. We are pleased to bring together industry veterans, new and emerging independent filmmakers, and everyone in between for a film festival that is entirely experienced online.
We remain committed to our core philosophy to present the highest quality films that emphasize Indigenous voices and educate audiences, human rights, social issues, and the environment but without forgetting the need for films that are pure entertainment for film lovers and families. We are excited to take these philosophies to an online film festival.
“During the COVID-19 quarantine, it is essential that we provide high quality programming for everyone to enjoy,” says Artistic Director Dr. Shirley Cheechoo. “When this quarantine first started, we quickly realized we would not be able to host an in-person event. We knew it would be critical to pivot to a new model. Telling Indigenous stories is more important now than ever.”
The full lineup of films and online events will be announced in mid-June on the Weengushk International Film Festival website https://www.
At its core WIFF is an Indigenous-based organization. Its objects target those in Canadian society with lived experiences similar to those of aboriginal peoples. WIFF desires people whose voices have historically been marginalized and whose stories are under-told, if ever told. It sets out to eradicate injustices in Canadian society while simultaneously transforming the film industry’s inadvertent exclusionary tendencies.