The Toronto International Film Festival has officially wrapped for 2018, but for cinema enthusiasts there is more fantastic film programming this fall. TIFF is certainly not the only film festival of the bunch, and for those who wish they’d been there, the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s World Film Festival features films that screened at TIFF along with Cannes Film Festival winners and a variety of other international, independent and Canadian films. While it may not have Hollywood stars walking the red carpet, thousands of attendees flock annually to the Festival for its impressive slate of talks, panels, performances, parties and activities across the city.


The Lowdown

Dates: October 11-21, 2018

Tickets on Sale: Film packs and passes are available now, and individual film tickets are available for sale online on September 29 via the Art Gallery of Hamilton website. Online sales for tickets close at 12 midnight prior to the screening. Tickets can also be purchased at the screening location 45 minutes prior to screening, and at the AGH Visitor Services Desk.

Ticket Prices: Festival Pass (all access), $250; Festival 10-Pack, $108; individual film tickets, $12.

Programming Information: The full film schedule will be available online from September 29.

Screening Locations: The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Cineplex Cinemas Ancaster, and The Lincoln Alexander Centre and St. John the Evangelist in Hamilton.


What’s Happening

An updated and current list of Festival special events is available at the Art Gallery of Hamilton website and include a Youth Film Challenge and 24-Hour Film Race. Film buffs won’t want to miss the opening celebration:

Fall Exhibitions Opening & AGH BMO World Film Festival 10th Anniversary Celebration
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday, October 12, 2018-09-21
Free Admission

Head to AGH for an evening inspired by Andy Warhol’s Factory, the studio where he created experimental films among other works, and eventually produced over 70 films. Drink, dance and enjoy a special appearance of Warhol work from our permanent collection. Artists and filmmakers will be in attendance. Cash bar.


Most Anticipated Films

With over sixty films on the schedule, film buffs can choose from TIFF picks, highly anticipated documentaries and Cannes award winners.

Some of the most buzz-worthy films on offer are celebrity documentaries, including Whitney, about the life and death of troubled singer Whitney Houston, the bittersweet, nostalgic ode to comedian Gilda Radner, Love, Gilda, and Won’t You Be My Neighbor, the story of Fred Rogers, the host and creator of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Book lovers will want to catch Mary Shelley, biopic of the writer of Frankenstein, and Juliet, Naked, based on the novel by Nick Hornby.

If you missed TIFF you can catch many of the films screened there, like environmental documentary ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch, Cannes Palme d’Or contender Ash is Purest White, and 3 Faces, winner of the Best Screenplay award at this year’s Cannes festival. Other TIFF picks are The Wild Pear Tree, one of the best reviewed films from Cannes, Shoplifters winner of this year’s Palme d’Or, and The Image Book, cinema legend Jean-Luc Godard’s latest.

After you’ve taken in the World Film Festival, stay awhile and explore the wide range of arts and entertainment experiences in Hamilton Halton Brant. From live music to art studio tours and exhibitions, there’s evidence around every turn that we love the arts.

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