2024 Saturday Night at the Empire

Belleville Downtown DocFest’s 2024, Saturday Night at the Empire.

Proudly Presented with support from our sponsor:


Our sincerest thanks for the continuous support from the First Nations Technical Institute

2024 Saturday Night Feature and Short Film

We are thrilled to offer a short film and feature combination brought to you, in part, by our dedicated sponsor, the First Nations Technical Institute.

Use your full in-person pass or (space-permitting) you can pay $13 cash at the door for a single ticket.

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Passes are on sale now for the 2024 Festival, find out more about the different types of passes and ways to watch on our Tickets and Passes page.

Saturday Night Short Film Selection

The Water Walker

A profile of Autumn Peltier, a 15-year-old Anishinaabe from Wiikwemkoong First Nation on Manitoulin Island who has been nominated three times for the International Children’s Peace Prize. The film follows Peltier as she prepares to address the United Nations on the right to clean drinking water for the world’s Indigenous communities.

..named the chief water commissioner by the Anishinabek Nation, representing 40 First Nations across Ontario. She was just 14 years old… Indeed, she has taken and embodied that torch. Peltier comes from a long line of water protectors and chiefs — it’s this lineage that propels her.“ June Chua, Rabble.ca


TIFF (Toronto), 2020 – Official Selection (Premiere)


James Burns



Film Details

2020, USA, 13 min

Saturday Night Feature Selection

Boil Alert

Mohawk artist and activist Layla Staats raises awareness about hazardous water supplies in North American Indigenous communities. Her journeys to communities that endure unsafe water in Canada and the United States parallels her own personal journey to connect with her Mohawk identity.

“… an ambitious 104-minute documentary that blends unscripted real-life moments with scripted vignettes to go beyond the template of using statistics and experts to put the spotlight on an issue that transcends geographical boundaries.” – Brittany Hobson, Canadian Press

“Layla Staats is an everywoman and a symbol for a new generation of indigenous young people re-visiting the lessons of the past as they struggle to imagine a more sustainable future…”
Sandra Hale Schulman, Indian Country Today


TIFF (Toronto), 2023 – Official Selection (Premiere)
CUFF (Calgary), 2023 – Official Selection
Chilliwack Independent Film Festival, 2023 – Official Selection


James Burns, Stevie Salas



Film Details

2023, Canada, USA, 104 min

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