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Saturday March 12thWe hope everyone’s enjoying DocFest 2022 as much as we are.

Must-see films to catch today include There’s No Place Like This Place, Anyplace. It follows the transformation of a much loved neighbourhood after the sale of Toronto Landmark Honest Ed’s block. This doc is proudly sponsored by CVS Midwest Tape.

Our Saturday night featured music doc is 7 Years of  Lucas Graham. Taking us along the ride through the development of the Danish band, Lucas Graham with intimate backstage access as they get signed to a major label, work with dream producers, perform on the world’s biggest stages, score a hit song and earn multiple Grammy nominations. The film is proudly sponsored by Jason Remax Quinte Ltd. and Leave it to J and T Property Maintenance.

Also tonight, Dead Man’s Switch a ‘don’t miss’ feature about the short life and mysterious death of former Belleville resident, QuadrigaCX CEO, Gerry Cotten. Also proudly sponsored by Leave it to J and T Property Maintenance.

Threads of Love is a short on the fast growing Belleville based handmade scrunchie business XXL&CO showing with School of Hope that follows the Oulad Boakais Tribe as they balance education and familial duties, while attempting to survive in the high plateau of Atlas in Morocco. School of Hope is proudly suppored by Loyalist College

End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock takes us inside the movement to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The film documents the intersections of indigenous rights, environmentalism and the power of the militarised policing and security forces mounted against them.

Make sure to check out these powerful films and many others still available! 

See the complete Virtual Festival, Stream Films, Get Single Tickets.

Gala Concert with Four Lanes Wide

If you missed seeing the Gala concert, recorded live at the Empire Theatre, now’s your chance. To close out the festival you’ll be able to watch the complete concert with Four Lanes Wide (new window) during our final weekend from March 11-13 for just $10! The Virtual Screening will be available on Friday March 11th at 7pm.

Unlock the Gala Concert

Virtual Festival Tip

Films are available during posted times on the Festival Schedule (on the Virtual Festival Page). Once you “Unlock” a film with your ticket or pass, you will receive a notice by email to let you know how much time is remaining in the schedule for you to begin watching the film.

Our final docs come out Sunday March 13 at 7pm and are available to start watching until Wed. March 16 at 8:59pm. 

You have 24 hours to finish watching a film once you start playing it.

Get tickets and Passes

Browse the complete, Official Selection of films for the 11th annual Belleville Downtown DocFest. When you are ready, choose a ticket pack for watching what we are sure will be your new favourite documentaries!

Get your Festival Passes and Ticket Packs online here.

There’s No Place Like This Place, Anyplace

This feature follows the transformation of a much-loved neighbourhood and the relocation of its community members. Canadian filmmaker Lulu Wei documents the changes to the lives of those impacted by the gentrification of the Mirvish Village neighbourhood and through their stories she personalizes Canada’s massive housing crisis.

Proudly supported by CVS Midwest Tape

7 Years of Lukas Graham

We see the band’s dreams come true firsthand, witness the shift as performing becomes a chore and pinpoint the exact moment when their anonymity is lost.

“The most watched in Danish cinemas for nine years.”

Dead Man’s Switch: A Crypto Mystery

This feature about the short life and mysterious death of Canadian born, former Belleville resident, U of T student, QuadrigaCX CEO, Gerald (Gerry) Cotten. To this day the losses of millions of dollars continue to be unresolved, with far fewer answers than questions, this film uses re-enactment, first person interviews, live action and animation, to describe the almost mundane and the unequivocally outrageous facts of the last five years of Gerry’s life.

School of Hope

As forces slowly draw tribal members away to lives of hardship in the regions cities – those who remain have invested their homeland, planning for the future, building a school and fighting for the rights of their children to learn. The community is faced with the challenges of working and living on the land, capturing traditional knowledge and the sedentary elements of their new infrastructure and new hopes. 

Proudly supported by Loyalist College

End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock

We are taken inside the roots of the resistance movement to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline, as the pipeline is pushed through and edging towards lands and waters of the Sioux indigenous people of South Dakota. We meet and learn the stories of four indigenous women who, alongside the banks of the Missouri River, are encamped and under threat from increasingly militarized private and police forces turned against them. While the movement and camp evolves, the film takes us along with these women who’s leadership defined it.

2022 Virtual Festival

The 2022 Virtual Festival is the place to go to browse the film schedule and all the films – the Virtual Festival is the portal you’ll use to stream the festival films at home during the festival (March 4-13, 2022).

How to access the Virtual Festival

Our full slate of films and the 2022 schedule are available! Browse the 50+ docs, watch the trailers and plan your festival experience at the Virtual Festival page.

Films are released to watch for three days, on a staggered schedule during the Festival from Friday March 4th through Sunday March 13th.

Read this overview on how to watch the movies.

2022 Festival Tickets and Passes are on Sale!