ReFrame Film Festival Returns Jan. 22-29 (Win Tickets!)

Get a chance to discover the documentary festival that is quickly becoming Ontario’s best kept secret. Peterborough’s ReFrame Film Festival runs virtually January 22-29, offering Ontarians an opportunity to discover highlights from the festival circuit and a second chance to see some hot docs they missed on their first runs—a perfect way to keep busy during the second wave of stay-at-home measures! Get your chance to win tickets below in this post.

This year’s festival includes several titles that made POV’s list for the best docs of 2020. The Reason I Jump, an innovative study of the experiences of people with autism, and For the Love of Rutland, a compelling portrait of the polarisation of American politics and the division it breeds, both made Pat Mullen’s top ten. The latter is one of the hidden gems in the festival circuit after debuting at Hot Docs last summer. Two docs from Marc Glassman’s top ten, Hot Docs’ Best Canadian Feature winner Prayer for a Lost Mitten, and Wintopia, a poignant portrait of filmmaker and former POV editor Peter Wintonick, both continue their runs with encores at ReFrame. Other highlights from the festival circuit making a stop at ReFrame include the Canada’s Top Ten selections No Ordinary Man, a portrait of transgender musician Billy Tipton told through the perspectives of audiences he inspired, and Judy Versus Capitalism, an experimental portrait of author and activist Judy Rebick.

ReFrame 2021 gives Ontario audiences their first chance to catch 9to5: Story of a Movement, the latest doc from American Factory Oscar winners Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar. The film is a portrait of the women’s labour movement in the USA told by voices who were at the front of the fight. Also screening is Cheryl Foggo’s acclaimed John Ware Reclaimed, which offers new perspectives on the story of a Black Canadian cowboy and unpacks the history of systemic racism in Alberta and Canada. Another portrait of Canada’s systemic ills comes in No Visible Trauma, a hot-button doc from Marc Serpa Francoeur and Robinder Uppal that probes police brutality among the Calgary ranks.

Other notable Canadian docs at ReFrame include, but are not limited to, Kim O’Bomsawin’s poetic portrait Call Me Human, Jennifer Abbott’s poignant study of environmental grief The Magnitude of All Things, and Tiffany Hsiung’s award-winning Sing Me a Lullaby, which is generating some serious buzz south of the border in the Oscar race for best short doc. On the international front, ReFrame spotlights an essential voice from the civil rights movement in The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show, while Cecilia Aldarondo’s DOC NYC winner Landfall spotlights contemporary voices in Puerto Rico fighting against colliding storms threating their futures.

The full line-up of docs is available here. Films will be available for the festival run to Ontario residents.

Thanks to ReFrame Film Festival, POV has two all-access passes to give away to the virtual edition of the festival. All you have to do to enter is answer the following question:

Which film playing at ReFrame is a Sundance award winner and was selected to open Hot Docs 2020?

a) There’s No Place Like This Place, Anyplace
b) First We Eat
c) Dope Is Death
d) Softie

(Need a hint? Check the available links above for clues!)

Send your answer to with the subject “ReFrame.” Please note that this contest is open to Ontario residents only due to the geographic availability of the festival films.

ReFrame Film Festival runs virtually January 22-29.