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- Annual Niagara-on-the-Lake film festival celebrates its 10th year –

Media Bulletin #9

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (November 20, 2014) – The annual Shaw Festival Film Series, one of the most highly anticipated winter social events in Niagara-on-the-Lake, begins screening the best of Canadian and international feature films and documentaries on Saturday, December 6 at 3 p.m. in the Festival Theatre. The 10th year of the Shaw Festival Film Series kicks off with director Matthew Warchus’s hilarious and inspirational comedy-drama Pride. The Film Series continues until February 21, 2015.

On Friday, January 2, 2015 at 6 p.m., the Festival Film Series five-film documentary series begins with the fast-paced and absorbing Tim’s Vermeer. Written by comedy magic duo Penn and Teller and directed by Teller, the film follows inventor Tim Jenison as he tries to discover how Dutch master Johannes Vermeer (Girl with a Pearl Earring) painted so photo-realistically – 150 years before the invention of photography.

Back by popular demand, Gathering Niagara’s LunchMarket at the Shaw Festival returns for its third year! A great way to complement the Film Series experience — grab a bite to eat from food trucks and local vendors before the Saturday afternoon screenings (doors open at 1:30 p.m.) or experience a pre-or post-show meal at the many Signature Kitchen restaurants in the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Show Times:

Feature Films – Saturdays at 3 p.m. • Documentaries – Fridays at 6 p.m.
All screenings will take place at the Festival Theatre.
For the complete film line-up, visit www.shawfest.com/films.
Full film descriptions are available at tiff.net/filmcircuit.

Tickets are $12 per film. A Festival Film Pass for 12 films is available for $129, an eight-film “Stocking Stuffer” is available for films showing after December 20 for $89 and a five-film Documentary Pass is available for $49. All prices include HST. Seating is general admission. Advance tickets and same day tickets can be purchased in person at the Shaw Festival Box Office or by calling 1-800-511-SHAW (7429) or locally at 905-468-2172. Please visit www.shawfest.com for box office hours of operation.

The Shaw Festival Film Series is presented by the Shaw Festival in association with Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival Group. Since its inception, attendance numbers to the Shaw Festival Film Series have been steadily increasing. In 2012, the Shaw Festival Film Series was named one of Film Circuit’s attendance leaders and its presentation of Anna Karenina was Film Circuit’s top-grossing single-booking film, with an attendance of 851.

The Shaw gratefully acknowledges the Friends of the Festival Film Series who have made this initiative possible, particularly major sponsors John and Carol Walker. The Shaw Festival Film Series is generously supported by the St. Catharines Standard, Niagara Falls Review and Welland Tribune.

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odette@shawfest.com

Jenniffer Anand
Public Relations Coordinator
905-468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2224
janand@shawfest.com

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