Bonavista Film Festival


bonavista film festival

The Bonavista Film Festival is a new summer celebration of local and international films, hosted in culturally vibrant town of Bonavista.

Focusing on community and storytelling, the Bonavista Film Festival will showcase emerging and established filmmakers through diverse locally-driven film screenings and special events.

Offering access to independent cinema, Bonavista Film Festival will engage residents, foster new audiences, and inspire the next generation of artists.

We are expanding our province's film industry beyond the Avalon with the first professional film festival in outport Newfoundland!

SUBmit your film

We welcome filmmakers to submit their short and feature-length films to our second annual Bonavista Film Festival, taking place Summer 2020 in Bonavista, Newfoundland & Labrador. We welcome films of all genres. Student/youth work is accepted at discounted submission rates. Head to FilmFreeway to read full details and submit your film!

Submissions Open - October 28, 2019

Earlybird Deadline - November 29, 2019

Regular Deadline - December 30, 2019

Late Deadline - January 27, 2020

Extended Deadline - February 17, 2020

Notification Date: March 16, 2020

Thank you all for joining us for the very first
Bonavista Film Festival!

2019 FESTIVAL Events

All tickets for events at the Garrick Theatre are available at the door before the event. Cash/debit/credit accepted. Our screening at the Mockbeggar Plantation (Big Store) is by donation (cash only) at the door. Our Sunday screening and our BBQ is free!

New events are still to be added. Stay tuned! Some schedule changes may occur.

screening schedule

Friday, July 5


7pm, Garrick Theatre. Tickets at the door.

We are launching the festival with a great selection of eight short films, including local and international works: Growing Alice, Her Water Drum, Some Saturdays, Tutorial, Waiting Outside…, The Importance of Dreaming, Stolen and Mnemosyne. Click on the films to learn more.

Following the screening, join us at the Annex at 8:30pm to celebrate our launch!

Saturday, July 6


Saturday, July 6, 1-3pm, Garrick Theatre. Tickets at the door.

Featuring seven short films: Khadija, Are You Volleyball?!, Duck Duck Goose, Avon Ladies Rural Style, Biidaaban (the dawn comes), Life's Short. Wear the Sparkly Earrings. Behind Banana Vacuum.


Saturday, July 6, 7pm-9pm, Mockbeggar Plantation- Big Store. Admission by donation (cash only) at the door.

We are hosting this night in an intimate and ghostly venue to highlight these films. Join us for a collection of local and international horror films. This guaranteed-memorable night features five, spooky short films: Abraham's Walk, Starvation, False Light, Lovely Mummers, New Woman. These films contain scary content that is not suitable for all audiences.. Admission by donation (cash only) at the door.

Featuring five, spooky short films: Abraham's Walk, Starvation, False Light, Lovely Mummers, New Woman. These films contain scary content that is not suitable for all audiences.

Sunday, July 7


Sunday, July 7, 1-3pm, Garrick Theatre. FREE screening!

Films On the Go is a program of short films from the annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival that tours venues across the province. An annual treat here at the Garrick Theatre each summer, we are proud to be showcasing this fantastic lineup by leading women directors as our closing screening. Films are not rated, but we’d suggest PG-13.

Read more about the FOTG films here.


HUGE THANKS to all of our supporters, volunteers, and community members. Big thanks to the Garrick Theatre for hosting us this year. Thank you to the Town of Bonavista, the Bonavista - Trinity Regional Chamber of Commerce, our board, programming committee, designer Tera McDonald, Victoria Wells, Eastern Propane, volunteers and all of the filmmakers who are sharing their films and talents with us.

Endless thanks to YOU, our audience! We’re proud to show off our local community and the incredible people who live here. We hope you enjoy your weekend.


To make our dream of having a film festival on the Bonavista peninsula a reality, we look to local businesses, individuals and groups for support. If you’d like to offer financial or in-kind support or to get involved please contact us: