The Regional Municipality of Durham


News Release

Lights! Camera! Action! First-annual Durham Region Film Festival to take place in September

WHITBY, ON June 25, 2015

WHITBY, ON –Today the Durham Region Film Commission announced the launch of the first-annual Durham Region Film Festival, which will take place Sept. 25 to 27 at two exciting locations in Durham—the Regent Theatre in Oshawa, and Docville Wild West Movie Set in Clarington.

The inaugural festival, with programming provided by ReelWorld Film Festival, aims to bring the magic of film—on-screen and off—to local residents and visitors. The three-day event will feature short- and feature-film screenings, family activities, movie-making demos, a student film competition, production workshops, and question and answer sessions with film talent. Tickets for screenings and events will be available for sale at www.regenttheatre.ca beginning Aug. 4.

“The announcement of this inaugural film festival gives us an opportunity to shine the spotlight on Durham Region as we continue to build partnerships to bring more productions to Durham,” said Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer.

A significant increase of activity within the province has impacted television and film production as a growing industry in Durham Region. In 2014, the region attracted $22 million in productions, up from $20 million in 2012.

“For many years, Durham Region has provided the settings and landmarks for successful television and film productions,” said Kathy Weiss, Director of Economic Development and Tourism. “Our attraction of these productions is a major contributor to our local economy.”

For more information about the Durham Region Film Festival, visit www.investdurham.ca.

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