Silver Wave Film Festival Starts Thursday

Don't miss the Silver Wave in Fredericton this weekend.
Don’t miss the Silver Wave in Fredericton this weekend.

The 14th annual Silver Wave Film Festival (SWFF) featuring over 120 films, a full slate of special events and an industry film summit, will be presented over four days in Fredericton, starting Thursday November 6th and running through Sunday November 9th.

“Silver Wave is on a mission annually, to spotlight the creative talent of New Brunswick filmmakers and filmmakers around the world,” says Tony Merzetti, SWFF Co-organizer. “There were so many incredible films from New Brunswick and around the globe submitted this year that we had to add additional programming, it was very exciting to receive so much amazing creative content. The province of New Brunswick is pleased to support what many call the best little grass roots film festival around.”

The Silver Wave Film Festival’s Gala Opening Night will take place on Thursday November 6th, at 7 pm at Tilley Hall, room 102, UNB Campus. The evening will feature the Opening Gala presentation of Kung Fu Elliot, directed and written by Moncton based Jaret Belliveau and Matthew Bauckman and produced by David Eberts. This award winning film has played at major film festivals around the world and is slated to have its theatrical release right after it opens at SWFF.

Elliot White Lightning Scott, an eccentric martial artist from Moncton, New Brunswick, dreams of becoming Canada’s first action hero with his low-budget karate epic, Blood Fight. This surreal documentary captures two years in the lives of a passionate amateur filmmaker, his supportive partner Linda, and their outrageous cast, all trying to realize their dreams.

Following the Opening Gala film presentation is the New Brunswick Music Video Showcase. This exciting new event will spotlight filmmakers and the bands they admire and support, and will take place at the James Joyce Irish Pub Thursday night at 10 pm.

The festival is also very excited to present the film Aller-Retour which was directed by Moncton based filmmaker Gilles Doiron, produced by Jean-Marc Goguen and written by a team of New Brunswick youth from different areas of the province. The screening of Aller-Retour takes place on Saturday November 8th at 2 pm at Le Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne.

Saddened by her grandmother’s death, a young woman armed with an old photo album pays her final respects by taking the same trek across New Brunswick that her grandmother did years back. Touching and sweet, this coming of age story also has the province of New Brunswick and its many beautiful towns and cities as a main character in the film.

The Festival’s Closing Gala presentation on Sunday November 9th at 7 pm will be The Divorce by Saint John based director, writer Rob Parsons and producer Elaine Shannon. Rob’s latest feature film sees the indie director veering once again into laugh-out-loud comedy with outrageous scenes played out to full effect. The Divorce plays at Tilley Hall, room 102, on the UNB Campus.

Featuring the most anticipated short films from around the province, film goers will want to be first in line to see NB Shorts I and II on Friday and Saturday night of the festival at 7 pm at Le Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne.

Also included in this year’s line up are stellar Short Film Programs, featuring both a Canadian and international selection, Midnight Madness where sci-fi meets horror, Next Gen Shorts, ViewFinders at SWFF, French Youth Shorts hosted by cinéRelève, CLiFF films that focus on the many nuances of labour and the people that work for a better life, and a timely look at Fracking compliments of Fredericton’s own Cinema Politica who always strive to bring the unvarnished story to the world.

Rounding out this year’s complete program on the final day of the festival is a fantastic line up of documentaries of all lengths covering a variety of topics from a disturbing look at the internal workings of New Brunswick Power, a fishing disaster with a lasting heartache, code kids, wild animals turned into pets, beautiful areas of New Brunswick, artists and their craft, Don Cherry and hockey memories, and memorable places and people taking place on Sunday November 9th all day long at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre.

The 14th Annual Silver Wave Awards, honouring the amazing talents of New Brunswick, Canadian and International filmmakers, actors and crafts people will be handing out major hardware on Saturday November 8th, between 9 – 11 pm at Le Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne.

The Media NB Film Summit, a one-of-a-kind event focusing on film, television and digital media, will take place as part of SWFF, Friday November 7th at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre. There will be pre-scheduled private industry meetings, production focused roundtable sessions, cutting edge panels and speakers.

Full Passes are on sale now. Full Passes get the holder into everything Silver Wave. They can be purchased in person at the Film Co-op by emailing: to inquire or telephone (506)-455-1632 OR by paypal online on the SWFF website:

Festival programs are available at the Film Co-op as well as various locations in Fredericton.

Individual tickets for all screenings can only be purchased in advance of the screenings at the door. (cash only)

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About the Silver Wave Film Festival

The Silver Wave Film Festival (SWFF) is a four-day celebration of film from around the world. It’s a festival that turns Fredericton – into the place to be for filmmakers, industry people and film lovers. This year’s event takes place from November 6th – 9th. The festival is made possible in part by the support of its sponsors.

Platinum Sponsors: Province of New Brunswick, City of Fredericton, The Postman, Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne, Equifilm, CinemaTick, Insurmountable Sounds, CBC Television and Radio, Crowne Plaza, University of New Brunswick ‐ Faculty of Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada, Picaroons, and the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative

Gold Sponsors: Don Chapman, Media NB

Silver Sponsors: Arrowhead Electric Ltd. DGC-Atlantic, daVinci College

Bronze Sponsors: Carleejc, IATSE 849, Robert Simmonds Clothing, cinéRelève, ViewFinders, Twin Prop Productions, imagineNATIVE, Sim Digital, WIFT‐AT, Outreach Productions, Hemmings House, CHSR, Cinema Politica, and all its supporters and volunteers.