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About Film Circuit

Founded in 1989, Film Circuit is TIFF's national film outreach programme, engaging domestic grassroots networks and strong community partnerships to bring the best of Canadian and world cinema to communities across the country.

Acclaimed Canadian films such as Maudie, Meditation Park, Monsieur Lazhar, and the new release Peace by Chocolate have reached Canadian audiences from coast to coast. Film Circuit groups have also screened a diverse mix of engaging international films, including Parasite, Loving Vincent, Faces Places, The Lunchbox, and The Intouchables. Not only does Film Circuit offer filmgoers an opportunity to see films that may not otherwise be available in their region, but it also provides distributors with an opportunity to extend the theatrical run of their films.

Film Circuit in Numbers

Since the start of the initiative, we’ve contributed to the strength of Canadian film culture by:

  • Holding more than 40,000 events in local venues, coast to coast

  • Connecting 6.5 million film lovers

  • Bringing filmmakers and guests to over 1,500 screenings for special intros and Q&As

Past Film Circuit Guests

Each year, Canadian filmmakers and industry guests travel across Canada to introduce their films and participate in Q&A sessions with our Film Circuit audiences. Past guests include Deepa Mehta, Michael McGowan, Gordon Pinsent, Ruba Nadda, Don McKellar, Sturla Gunnarson, Maxime Giroux, and Jennifer Baichwal, who have traveled to communities including Wolfville, Nova Scotia; Bancroft, Ontario; Gimli, Manitoba; and Kamloops, British Columbia.

If you are interested in starting a Film Circuit group in your community, please contact Jamaal Azeez - Programme Manager - at to discuss further details about the initiative.


Help support Film Circuit's mandate to facilitate the exhibition of films in communities that may not otherwise have access to them; build an audience for Canadian, independent, and non-English-language films; and contribute to the growth of the Canadian film industry.