The Bay Street Film Festival is a not-for-profit annual media arts festival that presents Canadian and International films, videos and film installations of all genres in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Celebrating its 11th anniversary from September 9-13, 2017, the Festival helps professional independent artists show their work so audiences of all ages, interests and abilities can enrich their experience of media arts.

The Bay Street Film Festival an integral part of Northwestern Ontario’s film history and since its inception in 2005 has celebrated the ongoing achievements of independent filmmakers. The Festival focuses on showcasing the latest films of emerging and established professional independent filmmakers working in remote and isolated circumpolar communities around the world so that the diverse stories and perspectives of the near and far North are given increased visibility and prominence.

In the past ten years, Bay Street Film Festival has screened over 350 films, hosted over 90 visiting filmmakers from Northwestern Ontario, Canada and around the world,  held dozens of discussions and recently, three highly successful Master Classes. Our audiences are of all ages and interests including the Finnish, Aboriginal, Francophone and other specific communities in our region.

We pay screening fees to artists and distributors*, according to current CARFAC (Canadian Artist Representation/Le Front des Artistes Canadiens) rates. We provide several travel grants to help subsidize the expenses of filmmakers from around the world* travelling to Thunder Bay to present their film, participate in Q&A sessions after screenings, participate in panel discussions and most importantly, to interact and share film and filmmaking experiences with Northwestern Ontario communities.

The festival’s primary venue is the Trinity Hall, 310 Park Ave. (across from the Armoury), a high-quality sound system, a large format projection screen, a stage and two accessible lifts.

We’re supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and Heritage Canada, many dedicated local sponsors including merchants from the Bay Street area and engaged audiences.