The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

2016 Durham Region Film Festival celebrates creativity in filmmaking

WHITBY, ON September 20, 2016

The 2016 Durham Region Film Festival (DRFF) took place from Sept. 16 to 18, and brought the magical experience of film—both on-screen and behind the scenes—to local residents and visitors through a variety of demonstrations, workshops and film screenings.

“This year, the film festival showcased over 50 screenings from around the world, including local films and a great variety of student films,” said Kathy Weiss, Director of Economic Development and Tourism. “The film festival gives us a great opportunity to profile Durham Region, as we continue to build partnerships, bringing more productions to the region, and highlighting the beauty and opportunity that is available here.”

This three-day festival showcased Durham’s cultural landscape with featured screenings and activities at the Regent Theatre and Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, Docville movie set in Clarington, and historic St. Francis Centre for Community, Arts and Culture in Ajax. Residents and visitors also enjoyed a family friendly day at Docville movie set with creative workshops, kids’ activities, food trucks, and a special movie screening of a film made that day.

Awards for best animated short, documentary short, documentary feature, short film, student film, regional film and people’s choice award were announced at the closing cocktail reception at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery on Sept. 18. The following films were selected as winners for each award category:

•            “Cuerdas” (Spain) for best animated short film

•            “By Accident” (Canada) for best documentary short film

•            “8% No Limit” (Canada) for best documentary feature film

•            “Desperately Seeking Signal” (Canada) for best short film

•            “The D in David” (USA) for best student film

•            “By Accident” (Canada) for best regional film

•            “8% No Limit” (Canada) for people’s choice award

For more information about the Durham Region Film Festival, please visit

- 30 -

For more information, please contact Corporate Communications.