253 Taylor Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario Canada, L0S 1J0
Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF)
The Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF) takes place from June 18th to
21st at multiple venues across several municipalities in beautiful Niagara Region.
Opening Night at Peller Estates Winery (June 18th)
Testament of Youth Canadian Premiere
Cast: Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, Kit Harington, Alicia Vikander
Director James Kent attending
A powerful story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World Ware memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that ware from a woman’s point of view.
Beginning at 7:00pm, enjoy a seasonally designed plated dinner with thoughtfully paired wines to kick off your NIFF experience at 2014’s Winery of the Year Award winner. Following this culinary journey, you will sip on another glass of Peller’s finest wine while enjoying the feature film presentation.
Galas at Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
Friday, June 19th
The Falling Canadian Premiere
Cast: Florence Pugh, Maisie Williams, Greta Scacchi, Maxine Peake
It`s 1969 at a strict English girls` school where charismatic Abbie, and intense and troubled Lydia, are best friends. After a tragedy occurs at the school, a mysterious fainting epidemic breaks out threatening the stability of all involved.
Saturday, June 20th
Match Canadian Premiere
Cast: Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino, Matthew Lillard
Patrick Stewart gives a captivating performance in this witty, emotionally gripping adaptation of director Stephen Belber`s own Tony Award-nominated play.
Sunday, June 21st
Unexpected Canadian Premiere
Cast: Cobie Smulders, Gail Bean, Elizabeth McGovern
When Samantha Abbott begins her final semester teaching science at a Chicago high school, she faces some unexpected news: she’s pregnant. Soon after, Samantha learns that one of her favourite students, Jasmine, has landed in a similar situation.
Galas at Jackson-Triggs are the ultimate film food and wine experience! NIFF is thrilled to present a premiere feature film nightly under the stars in the fabulous Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Amphitheatre.
The Ultimate Gala Experience at Jackson-Triggs begins at 7:00pm, and includes spectacular chef-attended food stations spanning the property to allow you to explore the architecturally stunning winery and vineyards. This divine tasting menu is accompanied by specially selected wines, followed by admission to the film, and an additional glass of wine to sip on during the feature film.
Friday, June 19th Peller Estates
Chef Curtis Duffy and Co-Director Kevin Pang attending.
Curtis Duffy, one of the country's most renowned chefs, is building his dream restaurant at the worst time of his personal life. Already the recipient of two coveted stars from the Michelin Guide, Duffy has ambitions for his Chicago restaurant Grace to become the best in the country. But his laser focus on his cooking career cost Duffy his marriage and two young daughters. 'For Grace' is a story about food, family, balance and sacrifice.
Friday, June 19th Redstone Winery
Advantageous Canadian Premiere
Cast: Jacqueline Kim, Freya Adams, James Urbanik, Jennifer Ehle, Ken Jeong
Star and Co-writer Jacqueline Kim attending.
In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter Jules do all they can to hold on to their joy together, despite the instability surfacing in their world.
Friday, June 19th Southbrook Vineyards
People, Places, Things Canadian Premiere
Cast: Jemaine Clement, Regina Hall, Stephanie Allynne
Will Henry (Jemaine Clement) is a graphic novelist, a professor at the School of Visual Arts and the father of beautiful twin girls (Gia and Aundrea Gadsby). His seemingly picture-perfect Brooklyn life is turned upside down when he walks in on the mother of his children, and longtime girlfriend, Charlie, (Stephanie Allynne) with their friend, Gary, (Michael Chernus) at his daughters’ over the top fifth birthday party.
Cast: Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman
Alex, Emily, and their son, RJ, are new to Los Angeles. A chance meeting at the park introduces them to the mysterious Kurt, Charlotte, and Max. A family "playdate" becomes increasingly interesting as the night goes on.
Saturday, June 20th Peller Estates
Little Big Master North American Premiere
A young woman named Penny is desperate to get away from her overprotective mother. She follows a trail to a mysterious box with the words "Open Me" scrawled on top. She opens it - and that's when she's plunged into a strange world…
“...a breath of fresh air…” - Variety
Saturday, June 20th Redstone Winery
I’ll See You in My Dreams Niagara Premiere
Cast: Blythe Danner, Sam Elliot, Martin Starr, Malin Akerman, Rhea Perlman
Carol, a widow in her 70s, is forced to confront her fears about love, family, and death. After her routine is rattled she decides to start dating again and falls into relationships with two very different men.
“....a crowd pleaser…” - Variety
Saturday, June 20th Southbrook Vineyards
Posthumous Canadian Premiere
Cast: Jack Huston, Brit Marling, Lambert Wilson, Tom Schilling
After false reports of his demise put him and his work on the map, an artist decides to continue the charade by posing as his own brother. Soon, a reporter enters his life and has a profound effect on him.
“....a screwball setup out of the Preston Sturges playbook…” - Variety
Each Filmalicious evening begins at 7:00pm with an exquisite 3-course* meal with wine pairings and admission to the film premiere, which begins at 9:30pm. During the screening, an assortment of traditional and non-traditional food concessions will be available along with a cash bar. *Southbrook meal includes elaborate food-station style service.
If you can’t make it for the full Filmalicious experience, NIFF also offers a screening package that includes admission to the film premiere along with a glass of wine selected from among the vineyard’s finest selections. Seating begins at 8:45 pm.
Film Feast Tours (June 20 & 21)
Film Feast shines the spotlight on the very best of food, film, and wine – all combined to create a unique afternoon in the vineyards. Leave the car behind and join us for Film Feast which takes you on a bus tour to three of Niagara’s most spectacular wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake (Konzelmann, Pillitteri, and PondView) or Twenty Valley (Angels Gate, Calamus, and Tawse).
Spotlight Series Screenings (June 18 - 21)
These includes screenings and celebrity appearances of many wonderful films chosen from across Canada and around the globe, and brought to Niagara especially for you.
Film titles include:
Diary of a Teenage Girl (USA) starring Bel Powley, who is appearing at NIFF
The Hotel Dieu (Canada) Canadian Premiere
The Quiet Hour (UK/Ireland) Canadian Premiere
Fanciful (Poland) Canadian Premiere
The Lost Aviator (Australia/UK) Canadian Premiere
Viaje (Costa Rica) Canadian Premiere
Liza the Fox-Fairy (Hungary) Canadian Premiere
Station to Station (USA) Canadian Premiere
Lost Penny (Canada) Canadian Premiere
These films are screened at Landmark Theatres (Pen Centre) in St. Catharines and the Seneca Queen Theatre in downtown Niagara Falls.
Visit NiagaraFilmFest.com for further information and tickets.