Barrie Film Festival To Improve Audience Experience With Provincial Grant

Festival Kicks off With Cheque Presentation

The Barrie Film Festival got underway last evening, and while the spotlight was on the lineup of films on offer throughout the ten-day festival, one of the stars of the show was a cheque presentation.

The Festival is the recipient of a $77,500 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, presented by Barrie-area MPP Doug Downey to Festival organizers at the opening of the festival. The money is going towards the purchase of new equipment and expand what the organization can do. “We’re all about providing things for the community,” says Festival Director Claudine Benoit, “so for us to have access to funds like this, it’s just amazing,” Benoit says the money will go a long way. “A lot of this equipment is to not only make our outdoor screenings more accessible but also to improve safety,” Benoit adds the funds would also be used to purchase an FM transmitter “so people can hear the sound better for outdoor screenings, through their headphones, maybe we could do a drive-in type screening as well. A lot of it is about improving audience experience.”

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“The cultural industries in our communities are very much the heart and soul of why we’re here and what we’re trying to do, so we need to support them,” says Barrie-Springwater-Oro Medonte MPP Doug Downey.