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Regina International Film Festival & Awards Goes Virtual in 2021

Published on August 9, 2021

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RIFFA 2021 offers an outstanding selection of international films. View this year’s selection here, and meet the 2021 RIFFA jury. All Regina International Film Festival & Awards’ movies and industry events are available to watch on-demand from August 10-14, 2021.

All guests (worldwide) are invited to watch the Virtual Awards Ceremony that takes place on August 14, 2021 at 7 pm CST. This event is free of cost. Please register to get your ticket.

This on-demand series of conversations with individual filmmakers explores the creative life, the cinematic language(s) and themes prevalent in their storytelling and finding professional support in the film industry.

RIFFA Nurtures Filmmaking

RIFFA is a proud supporter of Saskatchewan’s filmmaking community, committed to nurturing the province’s emerging filmmakers and our film culture year-round. Regina International Film Festival & Awards (RIFFA) Foundation Inc., is a non-profit cultural art organization offering programs to enrich the community while celebrating film and diversity. These programs include The Regina International Film Festival and Awards, LOOK: A Mental Health Film Initiative, and Inclusion Film Program.

Regina International Film Festival Supports Mental Health

LOOK, founded in 2015, is a RIFFA FOUNDATION initiative. The LOOK program provides individuals living with mental health challenges an opportunity to express themselves creatively by making films in a safe, fun and supportive environment. With the support of mental health practitioners and members of the film and teaching community, participants have an opportunity to further develop vocational skills, forge bonds and community connections. As an occupational therapy program aligned with the audiovisual screen industry, the LOOK program encourages healing and coping skills through the power of artistic & cinematic expression.

RIFFA Fosters Inclusion

During the 5-day festival, RIFFA has a dedicated screen open at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan to serve children, youth and adults with physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities and long-term mental illness. Wascana Rehabilitation Center is one of the largest rehabilitation centers in Saskatchewan and is home to 307 individuals. This voluntary RIFFA program is free to individuals living within the facility and their family. It is designed to provide access to the film festival for individuals that would otherwise face multiple societal barriers to participation.

toast extends congratulations to RIFFA for pivoting this amazing festival to a virtual format in 2021… because the show must go on!


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