The Silver Wave Film Festival Announces Full Program!

October 15th, 2021

(Fredericton, NB) – Today, the 2021 Silver Wave Film Festival announced the full program for its first hybrid film festival – Silver Wave Film Festival and SWFF Stream- taking place November 4-11.

The festival will showcase amazing films from New Brunswick and worldwide, featuring 82 films; two in-cinema screenings and 19 online virtual screenings. The event is again using Eventive for the online portion of the festival, while the two in-person screenings will be at the Fredericton Playhouse.

Silver Wave will also host its long-time industry series with film funders Telefilm Canada, CBC, and Bell Fibe TV1, virtually connecting with filmmakers and answering funding questions. The festival’s special guest this year will be Oscar-nominated (Harriet) Executive Producer Pen Densham. Live from LA, Pen will chat with filmmakers on Zoom with talented filmmaker and host Terry Gadsden.

Several Zoom socials hosted by NB Film Co-op president Britany Sparrow and board director Kaitlyn Adair will bring festival-goers together to celebrate and network. 

The festival programming is rich this year, with New Brunswick stories from every corner of the province. This year, there will be a special in-person gala screening of Jillian Acreman’s Telefilm Canada Talent to Watch Feature Film, Queen of the Andes. The film will play at The Fredericton Playhouse on Friday, November 5th, at 7 pm. Tickets (cash only) are sold only at the door. On Saturday, November 6th, at 7 pm, a lineup of NB shorts will be premiered, followed by the Silver Wave Awards at 9:30 pm with radio hosts Ryan ‘Crash’ Barton and Sarah Betts. Vaccine confirmation is required to attend the in-person events as per The Playhouse’s COVID guidelines.

Virtually, there are additional New Brunswick, Canadian, and International shorts programs and a wide selection of documentaries with several dramatic features. 

Experimental art-house filmmakers Kennlin Lake Barlow and Benjamin Dugdale’s films are celebrated in a special virtual showcase event. In addition, new Silver Wave programmer Todd Fraser has put together a stellar lineup of Iranian cinema that will linger in the heart and head long after the films are over. “We have a wide selection of film genres and stories,” says Festival organizer Tony Merzetti. “Animation, experimental, art-house, drama, comedy, horror, thriller, music videos, video poems, documentary, poetry, and dance.”

“It’s a real treasure trove of creative content that audiences will enjoy,” says Festival organizer Cat LeBlanc. “Most of the festival content is free of charge again. We are going through challenging times globally, and Silver Wave is our gift to our New Brunswick and Atlantic communities. We invite everybody to join us as we celebrate the talented filmmakers in New Brunswick and around the world.”

The downloadable SWFF Festival Program Guide is now available on the SWFF website (Schedule)

You can check out the full Festival schedule of screenings and events on Eventive:

Platinum Sponsors: Telefilm Canada, Province of NB, The Canada Council for the Arts, CBC, City of Fredericton, PicaroonsSilver Sponsors: Duncan L. MacDonald Chartered Professional Accountant, Don ChapmanBronze Sponsors: Hemmings House, Teed Saunders Doyle Chartered Professional Accountants and Advisors, SOUNDBUD, DGC Atlantic Region, WIFT-AT, Atlantic Mediaworks, Cinema Politica

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