2023 Folk in Film Festival

The Folk In Film Festival (FIFF) is a mini film festival and film-oriented programming stream within Folk Music Ontario. Now in its second year, FIFF will feature a range of Folk In Film programming including features, documentaries, music videos, live music videos, workshops and panels with filmmakers, and more. It will take place as part of the Folk Music Ontario conference October 12 - 15 in London, ON! 

Folk in Film Fest Opening Screening

10AM - 11:30AM, Friday, October 13. Windsor Club, Mezzanine Level

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson: “I Pity The Country”

Willie Dunn: “"The Ballad of Crowfoot”

Songs for the 8th Fire At Massey Hall
Directed by Adrian Vieni

Filmed just as people were permitted to gather in small groups again, this film documents artists of Ishkōdé  Records meeting in-person for the first time where they introduce themselves, connect and discuss their ambitions, and perform for each other in the round, on stage in historic Massey Hall.

Toronto, Ontario, 2022, 50 minutes, 08 seconds.

Refreshments provided

Sync & Licensing: Where Does 'Folk' Fit in Film? 


Does Folk music get placed or 'synced' in Film and Television programming? Join our panel of sync experts, discussing the process of getting your music licensed; how to set up your catalogue for success, and the who, where, when, and how to pitch to a music supervisor! 

Michelle Allman-Esdaille 
Sean Mulligan 
Michael Perlmutter

Folk Tracks: Learn to use Ableton Live 


From film composition to live performances, folk musicians are increasingly incorporating "tracks" and technology like Ableton into their craft. This session will cover the basics of how to use Ableton Live. Ableton Live is a "fast, fluid and flexible software for music creation and performance. It comes with effects, instruments, sounds and all kinds of creative features". This is a hands-on workshop, so we recommend singing up for a free trial of Abelton Live prior to the event: https://www.ableton.com/en/trial/ 

Workshop Leader 
Shawn Chiki

Workshop: Film Scoring 


Join us for a workshop on how to score music for film, with the talented Bob Wiseman! 

Workshop Leader 
Bob Wiseman

Folk in Film Fest - Documentary & Short Films

10AM - 11:30AM, Saturday, October 14. Windsor Club, Mezzanine Level

Canadian Music Climate Summit 
Directed by Brittany Farhat

This short documentary shows clips from the first ever Canadian Music Climate Summit.

Toronto, Ontario, 2023, 10 minutes, 43 seconds. 

Long Road To Freedom
Directed by Cameron Walker

Original music, dance, and spoken word narrate the struggles that racialized people face through times of isolation and hardship, emerging to a world made better by difficult choices. Featuring Countermeasure A Cappella.

Kleinberg, ON and Guelph, ON, 2022, 5 minutes, 33 seconds. 

Directed by Mark Lewis & Thomas Dibbs

Canadian songwriter Sarah Jane Scouten explores the parallels of working as a musician and a medical herbalist in the small village of Moniaive, Scotland where she lives.

Moniaive, Scotland, 2023, 10 minutes. 

Unsung Heroes with Ian Tamblyn
Directed by Adam Russo

Conversation about career path and trajectory including original music.

Burritt's Rapids ON, Chelsea QC, 2023, 20 minutes. 

Followed by a Q&A with filmmakers. 

Refreshments provided

Folk in Film Fest - Live Performance Video

12PM-1PM, Saturday, October 14. Windsor Club, Mezzanine Level

Jesse Corrigan: “Come and Sit a Little Closer,” directed by Tim O’Reilly

Vinta: “High Park,” directed by Blake Hannahson

The Uncommon Folk Collective: “Let It Fall” (from Ursa: a Folk Musical), directed by Margot Greve.

Camie: “Claudia,” directed by John Butler

The Bombadils: “Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming,” directed by Sarah Frank and Luke Fraser (The Bombadils)

Logan Staats: “Warrior,” directed by Tim O’Reilly

Julianna Riolino: “Come All Ye/Hark,” directed by Colin Medley

Odd Songs Episodes 1 - 5: Featuring Oddeline, Gabriel Comba, Alexis Castrogiovanni, Zack Elliott, Mars Aspen, directed by Sounds Odd Records.

Followed by a Q&A with filmmakers.

Folk in Film Fest - Official 2022 Music Video Selections

1PM-2PM, Saturday, October 14. Windsor Club, Mezzanine Level

Ronja Maltzahn: “Like A Wolf,” directed by Jan Heußner

Abigail Lapell: “Pines,” directed by Tatiana Vaca

Mama’s Broke: “Narrow Line,” animation by Arash Akhgari

Kate Weekes: “Time By The Moon,” directed by Stephen Fuller

Jojo Worthington: “Birthday,” directed by Cam Veich, Black Lake

King Cardiac: “You Got It Bad,” directed by Gabriel DeSantis

Emma Worley: “Gemini,” directed by Nora Rosenthal

Mia Kelly and Nick Loyer: “Hold On To,” directed by Randy Kelly

Kyle McKearney: “River Rain,” directed by Aaron Bernakevitch

Dayna Manning: “King Of The Background,” directed by Kris Von Kleist

Kaeley Jade: “Poltergeist,” directed by Emily Anne Corcoran

Sarah Hiltz: “May I Rage, May I Love,” directed by Sandi Barrett

Followed by a Q&A with filmmakers.

Folk in Film Fest - Full Length Feature - Leilani’s Fortune

2:30PM - 4PM, Saturday, October 14. Windsor Club, Mezzanine Level

Directed by Loveleen Kaur

Leilani’s Fortune is an intimate journey that follows the blossoming career of queer, Ethiopian-Eritrean artist Witch Prophet. After a decade of struggling as an independent artist, she is finally getting the validation and support she needs to create her album of prophecies. Canada boasts some of the biggest names in music, including Celine Dion, Justin Beiber, Michael Bublé, and Drake. With her hypnotic harmonies and genre bending sound, she is poised to shape the next era of global Canadian artists. 

Filmed in: Toronto, ON, Field, ON, Caledon, ON

Year: 2023

1 hour and 19 minutes

Followed by a Q&A with filmmakers.

2022 Folk in Film Festival

Click the button below to see last year's selection of feature films, documentaries, music videos, and more! All selections were made by a jury of industry peers and experts, and were screened before a live audience on October 14-15, 2022.