Silver Wave Film Festival: A Quick Guide

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A few suggestions to get the most out of the 2020 Silver Wave Film Festival.

By now you’ve probably heard about Silver Wave Film Festival’s plans for 2020. For obvious reasons, the entire twentieth anniversary event will take place through online streaming. Less obvious, and perhaps more important to some, this year’s festival will be delivered free of charge. 50 films and not a single ticket required. Make your own popcorn, get with your bubble and enjoy a solid week of indie film fun!

To help you make the most of this year’s programming, we thought we’d put together a simplified list of what’s on. Here goes…

New Brunswick Films:

Besides offering a window into the world of independent filmmaking, Canadian filmmakers and the enormous amount of local talent that bring stories to life on screen each and every year, SWFF is the biggest annual champion of made-in-New-Brunswick films. Over the years, the festival’s short film screenings have developed an almost cult-like following outside of the regular festival. Often seen as an entry point to the world of filmmaking, the annual short films screenings are where local viewers are most likely to see their friends (or themselves) on screen. 

In addition to a wealth of short films, this year’s New Brunswick film lineup features eight documentary films including Meagan Brown’s documentary Fighter and Greg Hemmings’ documentary When You Are Wild. 

Canadian and International Short Films:

Enjoy 13 short films from across Canada and around the world as part of this year’s SWFF.

Feature Films:

This year’s SWFF includes four Canadian feature films including Nova Scotia filmmaker Taylor Olson’s Bone Cage.  This feature was the big winner at the 2020 FIN Atlantic International Film Festival. Not to be missed. 

Featured Documentaries:

Three feature length Canadian documentaries (The World is Bright, Entangled and Mr. Emancipation) will tackle topics of life, death, climate change and racial divisions. Who doesn’t love a good documentary? Tired of what’s on your streaming service? Here’s a solution. 

Conversations and Q&As:

This year’s festival features over a dozen live Q&As and conversations with filmmakers involved in SWFF 2020 including a special mother-daughter Q&A with Ilkay and Anna Silk. Enjoy conversations with actors, directors, producers and cinematographers.  There will also be presentations from Telefilm Canada and a trivia night. 

SWFF 2020 Awards:

One of the big parts of each SWFF is the award show. Although the traditional live in-person event won’t be possible this time around, a live online event is!  Hosts Corena Walby and Ryan “Crash” Barton are sure to make this a fun experience for everyone involved. 

Happy viewing! 

Silver Wave Film Festival runs November 5-12, 2020. Find all the info on what and how to watch by visiting


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