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Behind the scenes look at this weekend's North Bay Film Festival

The curtain is opening on the North Bay Film Festival and the Friday to Sunday events include Cinema Social, Career Insights, and Director Q&A Sessions

The annual North Bay Film Festival runs Nov. 17–19 in beautiful North Bay at the historic Capitol Centre Theatre.

The festival features international, Canadian and local films paired with panel discussions, receptions, workshops and industry events. North Bay Film Festival is presented by the Near North Mobile Media Lab and North Bay Film.

The North Bay Film Festival is set to captivate audiences with a weekend filled with cinematic delights, insightful discussions, and networking opportunities. Highlighting the festival are exclusive Q&A sessions with directors and engaging events that bring together film enthusiasts, creators, and industry professionals.

Director Q&A Sessions:

Saturday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. - "Blooms" with Director Jordan Vandenberg. Explore the history of Cobalt, Ont., from its silver boomtown days to the decline in the 1930s and the final closure of mines in the 1990s. Post-screening, Director Jordan Vandenberg will share insights and take questions from the audience.

Sunday, Nov. 19 at 4:30 p.m. - "The Boy in the Woods" with Director Rebecca Snow. Shot on location in North Bay, this compelling tale of survival during World War II follows the true story of Max, a Jewish boy escaping Nazi persecution. Director Rebecca Snow will engage in a post-screening Q&A session, providing deeper insights into Max's journey.

Cinema Social at North Bay Film Festival:

Following the “Blooms” screening and Q&A on Saturday, Nov. 18, attendees are invited to the Cinema Social from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hosted in collaboration with the City of North Bay and the Near North Mobile Media Lab, this vibrant event brings together cinephiles, filmmakers, and the local community for an unforgettable evening to discuss all things film. 

Free Career Insights Panel 

Sunday, Nov. 19 at 2:45 pm - "Northern Stars: Navigating Film Careers in North Bay"

The festival is offering a free, thought-provoking panel discussion. This panel delves into the multifaceted world of the film industry, featuring esteemed professionals such as Jodie Wiebe, Lieann Koivukoski, Ben Farella, and Mitch Ouimette. The panellists will share their personal journeys, experiences, and invaluable insights into building fulfilling careers in film.

To learn more about the festival, and these events, and to purchase tickets, please visit For updates and behind-the-scenes content, follow on social media: @N2M2L @NorthBayFilmFestival.