Monday, December 4, 2023

AGH Film Fest Turns 14 and Gets a New Look

Like any teenager, the Art Gallery of Hamilton Film Festival has done a little growing up.

Now in its fourteenth year, the AGH Film Fest- the largest film festival in the city of international, independent and Canadian film is getting a makeover and this year’s fest will look different than ever before.

“Our annual Film Festival has now grown to include other arts genres.” said an AGH source. “It’ll be two weeks worth of stage concerts, films, parties, pop-ups and more.”

The Art Gallery will serve as the hub of the October 14-23 festival, with both free and ticketed events available. Free events at the Gallery include Artisan markets on October 16 and 23; a pop-up concert by Ariana Fig (October 18), Matt Paxton (October 21) and James N. Wilson (October 22). The Gallery will also offer free admission to select exhibits for the duration of the ten day festival, including a feature on Nathan Eugene Carson, the AGH’s current Artist-in-Residence and an exhibit about art in Hamilton from 1950-2000. Ticketed events include film screenings and workshops. 

Films will still play a pivotal role in the festival, including a Carnival Movie Night on October 14 and Okay! The ASD Band Film Screening and Discussion on October 18. Both screenings will take place at the Westdale Cinema. The AGH will also show films onsite; including Alice Street on October 17 and a documentary on the legacy of band Teenage Head on October 21.

The Festival will also feature other locations and events throughout the downtown area, including a concert at the Bridgeworks on October 14; a free concert at Mills Hardware on October 15, and an afternoon of food and music at the ACCA Hall on October 16.

For those looking for an interactive experience, the Festival will also offer workshops including Filmmaking on your phone (October 17), mental health zine and movement workshop (October 19) and a stitching workshop (October 20).

For a complete schedule of the ten-day event, visit the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s website.

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