SWIFF and National Canadian Film Day Celebrate CANADA 150


April 19 – National Canadian Film Day Join in the celebration of Canada’s 150th with the third annual salute to Canadian filmmakers and filmgoers of every generation! SWIFF is proud to present the following one-day-only events across Lambton County in honour of the big day(eh?). Refined Fool Brewing Co. Presents ‘Strange Brew’ The hop-hearted denizens … Continued

SWIFF 2016 Recap


  This year, SWIFF brought a whopping 5,000 people to downtown Sarnia! The festival, which featured premiere screenings, live music events with local artists, swanky parties, film workshops, art exhibits, audience Q&As, and a VR showcase, was a resounding success! Audiences, organizers, volunteers, and filmmakers alike were unanimous in their praises for the spectacular four-day … Continued

Two New Filmmaker Q&As for SWIFF 2016


ANGRY INUK Join us at 4:00 pm on Saturday, November 5 for a screening of Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s ANGRY INUK. Ms. Arnaquq-Baril will be in attendance for the screening and will participate in an audience Q&A after the film! THIS TIME TOMORROW Filmmaker Lina Rodriguez will be in attendance for our screening of THIS TIME TOMORROW on Sunday, November … Continued

CineGAZE Dates and Lineup


SWIFF and Empty Spaces are excited to present CineGaze, a two night event that will combine music and cinema into one immersive experience! CineGaze will take place @ 148 Front Street, Sarnia, ON. Arrive early to enjoy our “Happy Hour”: $3 drinks between 9:30-10:30pm + midnight munchies! Individual Tickets – https://cinegaze.eventbrite.com/ Free entry with purchase of ALL … Continued

SWIFF 2016 Workshops Announced


We are proud to announce our 2016 New Media Workshop leaders! As always, these workshops are FREE for high school students. Be sure to visit swiff.ca/workshops for more details.

Academy-Award Nominee Emma Donoghue appears at SWIFF!


Thank you to Emma Donoghue for joining us for a very special presentation of ROOM. It was an insightful, thought provoking and emotional evening as members of the community shared their thoughts and experiences with us. Emma is a wonderful guest and we look forward to welcoming her back to Sarnia with with her next … Continued

Watch the trailer! LAST CHANCE! – Get your tickets for ROOM today!


Guess what? It’s August already! That means our screening of ROOM is right around the corner! SWIFF presents an exclusive night with Oscar-nominated screenwriter and novelist EMMA DONOGHUE at Sarnia’s own Imperial Theatre. You (and a theatre full of film fans) could be watching critically-acclaimed drama ROOM with Ms. Donoghue, but you have to buy tickets … Continued

SWIFF Documentary Series


The first edition of our SWIFF Doc Series was held on June 4! Documentary fans got to see Jerry Rothwell’s HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD. The film focuses on pioneering environmental activist Robert Hunter and his role in the formation of Greenpeace. Emily Hunter and Bobbi Hunter were in attendance to answer questions and to … Continued

Emma Donoghue Is Coming To Sarnia!


Calling all film lovers across Southwestern Ontario! Here’s your chance to watch critically-acclaimed drama ROOM with Academy Award nominated screenwriter Emma Donoghue in attendance! We are very excited to have an Oscar-nominated artist coming to Sarnia to participate in this one-of-a-kind event. ROOM tells the story of five-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay), who lives captive in a single-room … Continued



Sleeping Giant w/ Jackson Martin SWIFF held a FREE screening of SLEEPING GIANT on April 19 for National Canadian Film Day. Actor Jackson Martin attended the screening and answered questions from the audience at the Sarnia Library Theatre. We want to send our thanks to Jackson, and to all of you who attended the screening. … Continued