NWF 2016Formerly known as the Global Visions Festival, Canada’s longest-running non-fiction film festival is evolving in a big way! Now rebranded as the NORTHWESTFEST, it runs from May 5 to 10, 2016 at the Garneau Theatre, Landmark Cinemas City Centre and NAIT Shaw Theatre in Edmonton.  Western Canada’s premiere doc-fest presents the hottest, most talked-about new documentaries from home and abroad with a focus on Canadian and Alberta artists and filmmakers.

Programming streams include LOCAL Visions (Alberta films), MAPLE Visions (Canadian films), GLOBAL Visions (International films), SOUND & Visions (Music Docs), RETRO Visions (retrospective screenings), and much more! As we have done throughout the festival’s 30+-year history, we are pleased to waive submission fees for Alberta filmmakers.

The festival presents numerous Special Event Screenings, and an extensive lineup of Industry Interactive panels and workshops!

On Opening night May 5, catch an encore presentation of Long Road Home, a 56 minute film featuring Edmonton musician Alfie Zappacosta who rose to fame in the 80’s as the leading man and face of the pop/rock ensemble, ZAPPACOSTA.

In 1987 his song “Overload” was featured on the highly successful Dirty Dancing Soundtrack; but it was only a matter of time before Alfie’s love/hate relationship with his career and fame came to a breaking point. With a wife and young children at home to support, simply quitting the business wasn’t an option. Believing success isn’t defined by your net worth and library of top singles, Alfie’s chooses to step away from the limelight and redefine himself as both a musician and a father. Nevertheless, multiple obstructions challenge Alfie’s journey to peace.

While the road has been scattered with bumps, barricades and detours, Alfie knows that genuine success is truly defined by happiness, which is a place that can take decades to finally arrive at.

See the rest of the festival lineup at: northwestfest.ca/2016-film-schedule

About the Global Visions Film Festival

Global Visions was Canada’s longest running documentary film festival. It began in 1983 as the Edmonton Learners Centre’s ‘Third World Film Festival’. The centre became the non-profit Global Visions Festival Society in 1998, with the newly re-named Global Visions Film Festival. In May 2014, they expanded the festival to 10 days, where Western Canada’s premiere doc-fest presented the hottest, most talked-about new documentaries from home and abroad. Since 2013, they have presented Exclusive Edmonton Premieres of films such as Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Made in Japan, Chasing Ice, How to Survive a Plague, The Act of Killing, Central Park Five, When I Walk, Jodorowsky’s Dune, and Call Me Kuchu, just to name a few.

They have also presented live performances by artists such as Jay Sparrow, Jr Gone Wild, Death by Robot, and more. And our 2015 IndustryActive initiative offered festival attendees a variety of exciting workshops and panels.

In May of 2015, immediately upon concluding the 2015 edition of Global Visions, they announced our name change, and NORTHWESTFEST was born! NWF will continue in the proud tradition begun by Global Visions – continuing to bring the best in non-fiction filmmaking, local music, and art of all kinds to Edmonton audiences.

See more info at: http://northwestfest.ca.