North Bay Film Festival 2023 Media Release

Nov 7, 2023 | NBFF2023, News



North Bay, Ontario – (Tuesday, November 7th, 2023) The North Bay Film Festival has announced the full schedule for its 2023 Festival, taking place November 17-19 at the historic downtown Capitol Centre. The 2023 edition of the festival promises an impressive showcase of critically acclaimed, award-winning films, including nine feature films and nine juried Canadian shorts. New this year, the festival is free for students!

Not-to-miss films at this year’s festival include: “Anatomy of a Fall,” winner of the prestigious 2023 Palme D’Or prize at the Festival de Cannes; “Past Lives,” winner of the 2023 Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival; and “Riceboy Sleeps,” winner of the Best Canadian Film Award by the Toronto Film Critics Association.

This year’s festival is set to open with a double-feature of “Blue Jean” and “My Animal,” two powerful films highlighting queer narratives and perspectives, exploring themes of identity, resilience, and love. The festival will also showcase 5 films made in Northern Ontario, including: the WWII survival narrative “The Boy in the Woods;” “Blooms,” a documentary exploring the history of Cobalt, Ontario; and the short film “Jerry Rigged,” directed by Derek Dino Diorio (Hard Rock Medical), starring Glenn Gould (Tulsa Kings, Outlander), and Eric Peterson (Corner Gas, Street Legal). “The Boy in the Woods” director Rebecca Snow will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening on Sunday afternoon.

Additionally, audiences will be treated to the heart-pounding documentary “Aitamaako’tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun,” chronicling the inspiring journey of a young Siksika woman preparing for one of the world’s most daring horse races. Finally, on Sunday, experience Canadore College’s finest work as we showcase a specially curated program of award-winning student films crafted by graduates of their renowned Digital Cinematography Program.

Title Sponsors for this edition are Theia Productions and Canadore College.

Festival Passes (North Bay Film Members): $45
Festival Passes (General Admission): $65
Individual Tickets: FREE for Students, $10 Members, $12 Non-Members

Notable event highlights for this year’s festival include:

Two Post-Screening Director Q&A’s
Blooms: A Documentary about Cobalt, Ontario: Q&A with Director Jordan Vandenberg after the screening, 4:00pm Saturday
The Boy in the Woods: Q&A with Director Rebecca Snow after the screening, 4:30 Sunday

Cinema Social at North Bay Film Festival
Saturday, November 18th, 5:30 – 7:30pm – In the Front lobby of the Capitol Centre Theatre
Join us in celebrating the North Bay film community at the Cinema Social during the North Bay Film Festival. This vibrant event brings together cinephiles, filmmakers, and the local community for an unforgettable evening to discuss all things film. Hosted in collaboration with the City of North Bay, and the Near North Mobile Media Lab, this gathering offers a unique opportunity to network and celebrate the thriving film community in North Bay.

Northern Stars: Navigating Film Careers in North Bay
Sunday, November 19th at 2:45pm – Following the Canadore College Student Showcase
Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion and audience Q&A. This panel delves into the multifaceted world of the film industry, bringing together esteemed professionals from various sectors of the industry in North Bay. They will share their personal journeys, experiences, and invaluable insights into the art of getting employed and building a fulfilling career in film.

North Bay Film Festival’s Inaugural 48-Hour Film Competition
Films created in just 48 hours, following the theme “Modernized Folktale,” will be juried by a guest panel. The top 3 films will be featured on our festival website, and the winning film will be screened on the final evening of the festival.

Tickets are available now through the Capitol Centre Box Office. To see the complete schedule of events and more information, visit and follow us on social media: Facebook | Instagram

Thank you to all of our 2023 sponsors, supporters and partners:
Title Sponsors: Theia Productions and Canadore College
Festival Supporters and Funders: TIFF Film Circuit, Ontario Arts Council, The City of North Bay
Film Sponsors: Hollywood Suite, Canadian Technical Solutions (CTS), Capitol Centre, Raymond Brand, Gateway City Brewery, Ryan and Arwyn Real Estate Team, Kennedy Insurance Brokers
Hospitality Partners: Homewood Suites by Hilton and gd2go
Media Partners: 106.3 JetFM and 100.5 Kiss FM

North Bay Film Festival is co-presented by North Bay Film and the Near North Mobile Media Lab.


Media Contact:
Jameson Toye, Communications Officer
Near North Mobile Media Lab
(705) 476 6402 l