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ABOUT WIFF

The Weengushk International Film Festival (WIFF) is Northern Ontario’s premier Indigenous film festival, dedicated to honoring the warriors of residential schools through powerful storytelling and cinematic excellence. WIFF 2024 is a transformative three-day event that showcases and empowers diverse Indigenous voices from around the globe.

Our Mission

WIFF aims to highlight stories of courage, human rights, and environmental stewardship, offering a platform for Indigenous filmmakers to share their unique perspectives. Through films, cultural exchanges, and workshops, the festival fosters understanding, celebrates resilience, and promotes the rich tapestry of Indigenous culture.

Festival Highlights

  • Powerful Storytelling: Experience a curated selection of films that tell compelling stories of Indigenous life, challenges, and triumphs. From documentaries to short films, each piece reflects the depth and diversity of Indigenous experiences.

  • Cultural Exchanges: Engage in meaningful cultural exchanges that highlight the traditions, languages, and arts of Indigenous communities. These exchanges provide a space for learning and connection.

  • Workshops and Panels: Participate in workshops and panels led by esteemed Indigenous leaders, artists, and filmmakers. Topics include language preservation, music as a healing tool, evaluating fairness in settlements, and more.

  • Live Performances: Enjoy live performances by Indigenous musicians, dancers, and artists, celebrating the vibrancy of Indigenous culture.

 

Our Vision

WIFF envisions a world where Indigenous stories are celebrated and respected, contributing to a more inclusive and understanding society. By providing a platform for Indigenous filmmakers, WIFF helps to preserve cultural heritage, promote social justice, and inspire future generations.

 

Our Founder

The Weengushk International Film Festival was founded by Dr. Shirley Cheechoo C.M., a distinguished filmmaker, artist, and advocate for Indigenous rights. Dr. Cheechoo’s vision for WIFF was to create a space where Indigenous voices could be heard and celebrated through the powerful medium of film. Her dedication to storytelling and cultural preservation has been the driving force behind the festival’s success and impact.

 

Join Us

We invite you to join us at WIFF 2024 for a journey of films, cultural activities, and workshops dedicated to resilience, healing, and the power of storytelling. Together, we can honor the past, celebrate the present, and inspire the future.

 

Contact Us

For more information about the festival, please contact us at  705.377.6011 or via email at: festival@weengushkfilmfestival.ca

Acknowledgments

We extend our deepest gratitude to the sponsors, partners, and volunteers who make WIFF 2024 possible. Your support is invaluable in bringing this celebration of Indigenous culture to life.

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