Innovative Programming

WIFF 2018

Please stay tuned for announcements and updates regarding Innovative Programming for our 2018 Festival. Save the dates: Monday, October 29th - Sunday, November 4th.

Until then, feel free to visit our monthly series tab WIFF 365 for NEW screenings once a month up until Festival 2018!


WIFF 2017

WIFF was excited to bring some alternative and innovative programming to the 2017 festival! New programming included virtual reality experiences, where users don a headset that allows them to interact with the video or program of their choice. In addition to our regular Midnight Madness screenings, we brought back another cult classic to WIFF patrons this year in the form of a Grease sing along.

LiUNA! 2017 People’s Choice Awards

As in previous years, filmgoers have an opportunity to cast a vote for their favourite film of the festival after each screening.

48 Hour FlickFest

A celebration of the true spirit of filmmaking, 48-HOUR FLICKFEST consists of a slate of short films shot and edited by local filmmakers and film lovers over one weekend. FLICKFEST is a fun, spirited event that epitomizes the grit, passion and determination of making films. It’s a guiltless all-you-can-eat buffet of creative work from filmmakers from the Windsor region, from the young and aspiring to established heroes of the local film scene.

WIFF Lifetime Achievement Award

Presented to actress LOIS SMITH, followed by a screening of her new film MARJORIE PRIME

Lois Smith has worked with everyone from James Dean to John Hamm. Join us as we celebrate Lois Smith and her leading role in the new film MARJORIE PRIME! MARJORIE PRIME is a haunting film about the impression we leave on others, the details we remember, the stories we re-craft and the lies we tell ourselves.


What could be better than a paring of food AND film! New Chefs on the Block is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at two dedicated chefs where one becomes the most famous new restaurant in America and the other redefines his definition of success. This film, paired with the opportunity to taste the creations of one of Windsor’s newest restaurants Downtown Pizza – we say Bon Appétit!

Midnight Madness

Midnight Madness is back this year bringing you horror and thriller flicks, cult classics, and some major nostalgia. See you when the clock strikes 12!

Halloween Night Films

Including ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW interactive screening. 

Get your props and accessories ready! This is an exceedingly grand visual and musical camp satire of the golden days of the B-movie horror and science-fiction genres. Projected along with a musical soundtrack to give audience participation a new meaning in dimension, time and space, this shall be a night that both Brad and Janet will remember for a very long time in the sexually kinky, rock 'n roll, rock-opera world of a gender-bending scientist - and his time-warped plans.

Free Screening - PICTURE OF LIGHT, Peter Mettler

Yes - Free! Twenty-three years after it’s making, this film remains as modern and relevant as ever.  To commemorate Canada 150, this film was digitally restored by TIFF, Library and Archives Canada, The Cinémathèque québécoise, and The Cinematheque in Vancouver.

Live Reads

A different type of WIFF experience! Enjoy a live staged reading of a classic film script:



Please Note: There is no film screening during this time, only a live table read.

Grease: Sing-A-Long

Sit back, relax, and sing your lungs out to a classic! The host will show you how to use your free, interactive prop bag throughout the film and suggest some appropriate heckles and accompanying actions while you sing along to tunes such as ‘Summer Lovin’” and “Greased Lightning”. Enjoy a nostalgic 1950’s evening, and dress for the occasion. Wear your poodle skirts, jeans with turned up cuffs, leather jackets or come “as you are.”  Saddle shoes and bobby socks are optional. Most importantly, make sure you’re on time to take part in our hosted, interactive vocal warm-up prior to the showing of the film. Go Grease Lightening!

WIFF Virtual Reality (VR) Installation

Virtual Reality (VR) experiences are back! Patrons will have multiple VR experiences to enjoy at both The University of Windsor and Capitol Theater. More details to come. 


WIFF Next Wave, Junior Programmers

This year marks the second year that WIFF programming includes the perspectives of a group of youth programmers. Our WIFF Next Wave Junior Programmers are young film lovers from Windsor/Essex. Look for their programming picks noted throughout the program as “WIFF Next Wave.” These selections highlight films that may be of special interest to teens and highly anticipated, buzzworthy movies for WIFF audiences of any age.