Remembering Bill Marshall




The family of Bill Marshall, founder of the Toronto International Film Festival and Niagara Integrated Film Festival, is heartbroken to share the news that he died today, January 1, 2017,  at age 77.

Bill passed away early this morning from a cardiac arrest while in hospital in Toronto, the city where he made such an impact.

Best Documentary

Best Actor
Colin Firth, GENIUS

Best Actress
Rita Moreno, REMEMBER ME

Best International Short Film

The Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF) is delighted to announce an exciting addition to its upcoming Festival slate.

On June 17 NIFF will host the Canadian premiere of Genius, the cinematic biopic of prolific literary editor Max Perkins, who curated works by some of the most distinguished writers of the 20th century, including Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Thomas Wolfe. A character led drama that covers momentous literary history, the film explores the relationship between the aforementioned Perkins and Wolfe, with 1920s New York as it alluring historical backdrop.

On Friday, June 17th, Niagara Integrated Film Festival's (NIFF) Industry Day will present 'Striding Forward - Structuring the New Road Map'. In a world of centralization of media, disruptive technologies, and volatile consumer habits, Industry Day promises to be highly interactive and trans-formative as the very survival of the Canadian media industry is at stake.

In addition, to the lead-off session on the theme of Future Thinking with a Key Note by Mark Shekter, internationally credited writer and producer, followed by a panel on the Business of Culture - Reframing a New Partnership, with some of the industry's cultural leaders, NIFF is proud to announce additional speakers including our highly anticipated lineup in partnership with the internationally-respected Walrus Foundation and their famous Walrus Talks. Canada's Cultural Thumbprint will bring together three remarkable cultural icons, all of whom have achieved stardom in their own fields of Canadian Culture.

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With the start of the 3rd annual Niagara Integrated Film Festival less than a month away, organizers had a special Canadian premiere of the film "King Jack" at the Senece Theatre in Niagara Falls. The Source's Jennifer Lillie was in attendance and files this report.


At M. Blais' recent Discoverability Summit in Toronto (May 11, 2016) Minister Joly urged the industry to "think outside the box".

That's the goal of the Niagara Integrated Film Festival's (NIFF) Industry Day in Partnership with The Walrus Foundation, taking place on Friday June 17. Bringing together filmmakers, television producers, film and media students, cinephiles and other creative folk to talk shop will stimulate discussions among people on the creative and business side of the industry.

With the theme "Striding Forward - Structuring the New Road Map," Industry Day offers a series of discussions aimed at the outside-the-box thinkers who know the value of creativity and clever business tactics. Attendees can expect to engage day-long with speakers in a way that will advance and change their careers and engage in discussions to create a new model for success for those involved in the creation and production of Canadian content.

The Niagara Integrated Film Festival is delighted to announce that a special charity screening of Disney•Pixar's Finding Dory will take a prime space in this year’s festival lineup. This screening is made possible by the continuing generosity of Walt Disney Studios Canada, who last year provided the festival with a sneak preview screening of the Academy Award winning Inside Out.

The Niagara Film Festival kicks off June 10th but you can get a special preview this Friday of the film “King Jack”. This morning Robert Lalonde was in to tell us about the festival.

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As part of its 2016 festival line-up the Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF) is delighted to announce the presentation of a co-produced ‘Spotlight on Italy’ program, in partnership with the Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF). This program will highlight the best feature and short content from this year’s ICFF, carefully curated with NIFF’s Niagara audience in mind, and was made possible by the collaborative efforts of Cristiano de Florentiis, Creative Director ICFF, Bill Marshall, Founder and Creative Director NIFF, and Tony Watts, Program Director NIFF.

This joint program will open with the North American Premiere of the Italian box-office record-breaking Quo Vado? to be followed by a Q&A with the film’s lead actor and co-writer, the multi-talented, Checco Zalone. Also being showcased as part of the ‘Spotlight on Italy’ program are the International Premiere of La Stoffa dei Sogni (The Stuff of Dreams), a modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and a standalone Italian short film presentation. The program’s centrepiece is an outdoor screening of the Sarah Jessica Parker comedy, All Roads Lead to Rome, to be held at Trius Winery on the evening of June 18th in the Niagara Region, and features co-stars Claudia Cardinale and Raoul Bova as special guests.

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Signature Sponsors

RBC, Royal Bank of Canada ralota technologies


Industry Day Partners & Sponsors

OMDC, Ontario Media Development Corporationwalrus


Programming Partners & Sponsors

FIFBInternational Shorts
HKETO, Hong Kong Economic and Trade OfficeHong Kong Programme
olgCanadian  Programme
imaginenativeThe Embargo Project
ICFFSpotlight Italy



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