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Lure


Post-graduate student Rebecca Markowitz is dispatched to a Nova Scotian prison to interview an internet predator accused of killing three women. As she delves into the man’s twisted psyche, Rebecca’s thesis and her personal life slowly start to crumble and she finds herself getting in deeper than she ever intended, not only with the predator but with her own hidden demons.
Short film with this feature:
REARVIEW, 11:11 min, Canada, Director: Jon Mann.
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  • Genre: Drama/Thriller
  • Runtime: 90 min
  • Rating: 14A
  • Country: Canada
  • Year: 2016
  • Director: Jesse Harley
  • Cast: Andrea Lee Norwood and Glen Matthews (Trailer Park Boys)
  • Venue: film.ca cinemas, 171 Speers Rd.
  • Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016
  • Showtime: 6:30PM
  • Ontario Premiere

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A Legacy Of Whining


The ghosts of phony nostalgia and dashed hopes collide as two former high school friends, Mitch and Dunc, reunite thirty years later for a painfully bittersweet evening that proves without a doubt that the past “ain’t all it’s cracked up to be…”.

In attendance for audience questions will be writer/director/actor, Ross Munro and producer, Maria Munro.

Short films with this feature:
BOBBY, 1:55 min, Canada (Sheridan College), Canadian Premiere, Director: Christian Latorre
JIM & REX, 6:21 min, Canada, Director: Lewis Belgum

A Legacy of Whining
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Runtime: 74 min
  • Rating: 14A
  • Country: Canada
  • Year: 2016
  • Director: Ross Monro
  • Cast: Ross Munro, Robert David Duncan, Angie Descalzi
  • Venue: film.ca cinemas, 171 Speers Rd.
  • Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016
  • Showtime: 3:30PM
  • Ontario Premiere

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Scratch


A female rookie armoured truck guard is caught between her co-workers’ plot to rob their own truck and greedy gangsters desperate to grab the loot.

In attendance for audience questions will be the director, Maninder Chana and lead actress, Julie Romaniuk.

Short film with this feature:
VIRTUAL HITMAN, 13:38 min, Canada, Director: Phil Borg, Canadian Premiere.

Scratch Sold Out
  • Genre: Action/Comedy/Crime
  • Runtime: 96 min
  • Rating: 14A
  • Country: Canada
  • Year: 2015
  • Director: Maninder Chana
  • Cast: Julie Romaniuk, Craig Cyr, Romaine Waite
  • Venue: Film.ca Cinemas, 171 Speers Rd.
  • Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016
  • Showtime: 9:30PM
  • World Premiere

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Painted Land: In Search Of The Group Of Seven


“The most important thing a painter can do is find a good place to sit.” – J.E.H. MacDonald
The Group of Seven are known to millions of Canadians, yet few are familiar with the lives of the artists themselves. Why did they choose locations in the remote, rugged wilderness of northern Ontario? Does anyone know precisely where they went? Past meets present in a film that weaves seamlessly the experiences of Lawren Harris, J.E.H. MacDonald, A.Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, Franklin Carmichael and A.J. Casson – with the adventures of three modern day sleuths. Historian Michael Burtch and the writer and photographer team of Gary and Joanie McGuffin are determined to track down the precise locations of these famous paintings as they try to achieve their own personal quest: to actually ‘walk in the Group of Seven’s footsteps’

In attendance for audience questions will be director, Phyllis Ellis, explorers and conservationists, Joanie and Gary McGuffin, and art historian, Michael Burtch. Special introduction by Julian Kingston of the Oakville Museum.Short films with this feature:
NOT ALONE, Canada (Sheridan College), Director: Jin Lu
RENATA, 1:39 min, Canada (Sheridan College), Directors: Lora Binder and Renee Ren, World Premiere.

Painted Land Sold Out
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Runtime: 70 min
  • Rating: G
  • Country: Canada
  • Year: 2015
  • Director: Phyllis Ellis
  • Venue: film.ca cinemas, 171 Speers Rd.
  • Date: Sunday, June 26, 2016
  • Showtime: 1:00PM

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The Flying Stars | 8% No Limit


Team captain Bornor Kargbo and midfielder Census Jalloh are amputees who play organized soccer in Sierra Leone to cope with the horrors of war they suffered a decade ago. As they dream of competing internationally, they wrestle with nightmares that haunt their daily lives and threaten the very families they are trying to feed. Can Bornor and Census overcome their postwar trauma and score a victory for their children off the soccer pitch?

In attendance for audience questions will be writer-director, Allan Tong.

Short film with this feature:
DARE TO DREAM, Canada (Sheridan College), Director: Eunsoo Ahn, World Premiere.

Flying Stars
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Runtime: 57 min
  • Rating: G
  • Country: Canada
  • Year: 2015
  • Directors: Ngardy Conteh George and Allan Tong
  • Venue: film.ca cinemas, 171 Speers Rd.
  • Date: Sunday, June 26, 2016
  • Showtime: 12:30PM
  • Canadian Premiere


Every day, every moment, we are given a choice – not only of how we view the world, but how we let the world view us. In August of 2014 Rhonda-Marie Avery set out on an adventure that would challenge everything she knew to be Rhonda. The Bruce Trail is 885km. She ran for 20 days. Rhonda-Marie has 8% vision.

In attendance for audience questions will be director, Lisa Lightbourn-Lay and cast-member, Rhonda-Marie Avery.

Short film with this feature:
GAINING GROUND, 10-min, Canada, Director: Daniel Hughes.

No Limit
  • Genre:
  • Documentary
  • Runtime: 60 min
  • Rating: G
  • Country: Canada
  • Year: 2015
  • Director: Lisa Lightbourn-Lay
  • Venue: film.ca cinemas, 171 Speers Rd.
  • Date: Sunday, June 25, 2016
  • Showtime: 1:30PM
  • Canadian Premiere

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Manhattan Nocturne


Based on Colin Harrison’s acclaimed novel Manhattan Nocturne (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), MANHATTAN NOCTURNE tells the story of Porter Wren (Adrien Brody), a New York City tabloid writer with an appetite for scandal. On the beat he sells murder, tragedy and anything that passes for the truth. At home he is a model family man, devoted to his loving wife (Jennifer Beals). But when a seductive stranger (Yvonne Strahovski) asks him to dig into the unsolved murder of her filmmaker husband Simon (Campbell Scott), he can’t resist. In this modern version of a classic film noir, we follow Porter as he is drawn into a case of sexual obsession and blackmail — one that threatens his job, his marriage, and his life.

In attendance for audience questions will be the director, Brian DeCubellis.
Short film with this feature:
NIGHTTIME IS COLD AND LONELY LIKE A MOTEL ALONG A DESOLATE ROAD, 1:50 min, Canada (Sheridan College), Director: Aya Aki, World Premiere.

Manhattan Nocturne
  • Genre: Drama
  • Runtime: 113 min
  • Rating: 18A (mature content, coarse language, nudity, mature theme, not recommended for children)
  • Country: U.S.A.
  • Year: 2016
  • Director: Brian DeCubellis
  • Cast: Adrien Brody, Jennifer Beals, Yvonne Strahovski
  • Venue: Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, 130 Navy St.
  • Date: Friday, June 24, 2016
  • Showtime: 8:00PM
  • Canadian Premiere

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The Demons


With the city of Montreal shaken by a series of kidnappings of young boys, a sensitive 10-year-old named Félix lets his imagination run wild as he comes to the end of his school year. Nothing much ever seems to happen in the quiet suburbs where he lives, but Félix is afraid of everything: his parents’ impending divorce, the maniacs who target little boys, his weird neighbours, even the AIDS epidemic. Slowly but surely, the child’s imaginary demons begin to resemble those of the real, disturbing world around him.

In attendance for audience questions will be the director, Philippe LeSage.
Short film with this feature:
MISSING, 2:08 min, Canada (Sheridan College), Director: Stephanie Chewey, World Premiere.
MY CHILD IS DREAMING, 3:30 min, Italy, Director: Pask D Amico

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  • Genre: Drama
  • Runtime: 118 min
  • Rating: 14A
  • Country: Canada (Quebec)
  • Year: 2015
  • Original Language: French with English subtitles
  • Director: Philippe Lesage
  • Cast: Edouard Tremblay-Grenier, Pier-Luc Funk
  • Venue: film.ca cinemas, 171 Speers Rd.
  • Date: Sunday, June 25, 2016
  • Showtime: 3:30PM
  • Regional Premiere

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Film Festival Benefits

“What’s 1 benefit of a film festival?” That’s one of the questions answered by our Title Sponsor, Peter Willson in his 2nd video, “3 More Questions With Peter Willson”. Not satisfied to be a sponsor in name only, Peter offers insights into how the Willson Oakville Film Festival provides filmmakers with an opportunity to reach a new audience and for the public to see films that might not otherwise be available in Oakville and its surrounding communities.

Watch the video to hear Peter answer this and other questions:

Article and Video by Cathleen MacDonald, Motion Picture Enterprises
Filmmaker, Cathleen MacDonald, creates media content for entertainment, education, and communications.

SOMM: Into The Bottle


From the makers of “SOMM” (the celebrated documentary about trying to pass the sommelier test), the sequel “Somm: Into the Bottle” raises the curtain into the seldom seen world that surrounds the wine we drink. How many people understand how wine is produced? How it is grown? What goes on in the cellar? Through the eyes of the world’s greatest sommeliers and winemakers, we discover that far more than just grapes go into the bottle.

Short films with this feature:
GANS (Animated Kitchen), 1:09 min, Israel, Director: Guy Shahaf, Canadian Premiere.
WANTED, 1:15 min, Canada (Sheridan College), Director: Coco Cheung, World Premiere.
THE APPRENTICE, 1:18 min, Canada (Sheridan College), Director: Zhiying Song, World Premiere.

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  • Genre: Documentary
  • Runtime: 90 min
  • Rating: G
  • Country: U.S.A.
  • Year: 2015
  • Director: Jason Wise
  • Venue: film.ca cinemas, 171 Speers Rd.
  • Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016
  • Showtime: 1:00PM
  • Regional Premiere

Enjoy The Film & Then – Finish The Evening With Great Wine & Food

Wine Food Event

Enjoy the regional premier screening of “SOMM: Into the Bottle” and then join The Wine Ladies at Noble Bistro, for an exclusive 2 hour event!

Taste special wines from Creekside Estate Winery, indulge in fabulous food from one of Oakville’s newest restaurants, Noble Bistro, 218 Lakeshore Rd E, featuring “Chopped Canada’s” season 1 winning chef, Johnross Woodland. Take home swag, win prizes, and get your photo taken in front of The Wine Ladies’ photo wall.

  • Film + Wine / Food Event: $40 + HST + ticket service fee.
  • Or just see the film for $15 + HST + tickets service fee.
  • To attend the Wine/Food Event, must be 19 years of age or older.

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Chasing Valentine


Unable to get over the loss of the love of his life and stuck with a day job editing adult videos, Chase meets Valentine, who works under the various personas she has created in her life. Is Chase ready to uncover Valentine’s dark secrets?

In attendance for audience questions will be the director, Navin Ramaswaran and members of the cast.

Short film with this feature:
TOGETHER: PARALLEL UNIVERSE, 3:21 min, South Africa, Director: Michael Robertson, North American Premiere.

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  • Genre: Drama, Thriller
  • Runtime: 86 min
  • Rating: 14A
  • Country: Canada
  • Year: 2015
  • Director: Navin Ramaswaran
  • Cast: Adam Langton (Suits), Gwenlyn Cumyn, Bobbie Phillips (X-Files)
  • Venue: film.ca cinemas, 171 Speers Rd.
  • Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016
  • Showtime: 10:00PM
  • Regional Premiere

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