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WIFF gets $125K funding boost from province

Published May 20, 2024  •  1 minute read

Vincent Georgie told a press conference crowd at the Chrysler Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023, that the 19th edition of the Windsor International Film Festival will offer 186 features and 38 short films. Photo by Taylor Campbell /Windsor Star

The Windsor International Film Festival is receiving a funding boost from Queen’s Park.

MP Andrew Dowie (PC — Windsor-Tecumseh) on Friday announced $125,000 for the annual film fest through the Experience Ontario 2024 program.

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The funding is part of $19.5 million in investments in communities across the province to encourage Ontarians to explore local restaurants, businesses, accommodations and events.

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“The Windsor International Film Festival is one of the most treasured annual cultural events in Windsor-Essex, and the Ontario Government’s ongoing commitment to the event is a testament to the incredible growth that WIFF has seen over two decades,” said Dowie said in a media release.

“WIFF has grown to be the leading volunteer-run festival in Canada, showcasing local, national and international films while growing its economic impact to Windsor-Essex every year. The future for WIFF is truly bright, and I am thrilled that the Ontario Government is supporting the tremendous success that WIFF has truly earned.”

Neil Lumsden, Ontario’s minister of tourism, culture and sport, said he’s “proud” his government is supporting the film festival, “helping them to create unique local experiences that will attract visitors, create jobs and promote economic development.”

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Vincent Georgie, WIFF’s executive director, said the province has “proven again and again that they are committed to building and growing WIFF into the nationally recognized, industry leading cultural destination that it is.” The province has provided the festival with funding for several years.

“As we celebrate our 20th Anniversary, our hearty thanks goes to Minister Lumsden and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport for their staunch support and to our tireless local champion MPP Dowie for delivering, once again, for our community,” Georgie said.

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Kaylie Pferten
Kaylie Pferten
A pilot of submersible crafts in a former life, now married to my husband David and writing about investment advice.

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