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September 24, 25, 26, 2021

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The Vintage Film Festival

Twenty eight years ago (1992), a group of film enthusiasts involved in the restoration of the Marie Dressler house had a wild idea. Why not hold a festival showing the films in which Marie Dressler had starred? This seemingly fantastic idea grew into the present form in which we show a variety of films generally made before about 50-60 years ago.  We will often, although not always, include a film starring Marie Dressler.

For more on Marie Dressler and the Marie Dressler Foundation, please go to the Marie Dressler Foundation Web site here.

The weekend is best enjoyed as an event and not just a collection of great movies. We start with a featured movie, then there's our Gala Reception followed by two films.  Then on Saturday we show a collection of five movies that range from very old, silent films starring Mary Pickford, Erich von Stroheim or Douglas Fairbanks, to talkies and musicals. On Sunday we show four movies and include a lunch time seminar with a knowledgable speaker.

Bursaries by Marie Dressler Foundation

Money raised by the festival goes to the Marie Dressler Foundation and one of their activities is to provide bursaries for students in Northumberland High Schools. For more information, please go to the Marie Dressler Foundation Web site.  There will be no Bursaries in 2020 due to financial constraints because of the Covid-19 crisis.

Our Mission

To connect the public to the magic of early filmmaking,
and to support novice filmmakers of the future.

Our Vision

To be the destination for celebrating vintage films,
and to become a premiere resource for information and artifacts related to vintage film.

The Marie Dressler Foundation was established in 1989 to restore and preserve the house where Marie Dressler is believed to have been born. The Foundation, led by Bob Amsbury and Bill Patchett, raised about $400,000 to buy and repair the building, which now houses the Marie Dressler Museum.

Having restored the building, the Foundation convened a committee to organize a festival of Marie Dressler films to show the community why Dressler occupies a unique place in film history. The festival has continued in the following years and now shows films featuring Dressler's contemporaries. More on Marie Dressler. The Vintage Film Festival continues to be organized by a sub-committee of the Marie Dressler Foundation as a fund-raising event.   Apart from keeping the memory of Marie Dressler alive, the Foundation provides scholarships to Students in Northumberland who are planning further education in the arts. Go to the separate site for Marie Dressler and the Foundation for more details.

Festival costs are not covered by ticket revenue - continued funding depends on the generous support of our Sponsors.

VFF Festival 2006Capitol Theatre - VFF Festival 2006The Festival is held every year on a weekend in September or October and we show a variety of films generally made before about 1967. Usually, one film features Ms. Dressler, but others range from very old, silent films starring Mary Pickford, Erich von Stroheim or Douglas Fairbanks, to talkies and musicals. For a list of all films shown to date, click here.

For the last few years and into the future, the entire Festival will be at Port Hope's Historic Capitol Theatre starting on Friday with a bonus film followed by a Reception. (Venue location map here).

For more on previous festivals, see our news page. See the program page for information on the movies to be shown this year. Tickets for the coming season go on sale each year in early summer.

Contact

Marie Dressler Foundation
212 King Street West
Cobourg, Ontario, Canada

Mailing Address
Vintage Film Festival
c/o Marie Dressler Foundation
P.O. Box 673 Cobourg,
Cobourg, ON  K9A 4R5

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If you'd like to join our mailing list, we'll keep you informed of news and updates about our program. This mailing list is used strictly for updating you on the Vintage Film Festival and will not be made available to anyone else. Either send us an e-mail (above) or sign yourself up on the positive confirmation mailing list system available here.

2020 Committee

Name Portfolio
Atto, George Marketing Distribution
Bailey, Sital Promotion & Publicity Printing, Silent Auction Admin.
Benson, Leslie Treasurer
Cruickshank, Tom Programme Book Editor, Flyer/Programming Sub-Comm 
Draper, John Webmaster, Recording Secretary
Foord, Terry VFF Committee Chair, Programming Chair
Granger, Stewart Fundrasing Sub-Comm
Hardy, Lynn Reception/Venue, Brown Bag Lunch
Hill, Richard Programming, Promotion & Publicity
Houston, Cathie Promotion & Publicity Chair, Volunteer Coordinator/Fund
Miller, Rick Ticket Master, Treasurer Support
Williamson, Larry Promotion & Publicity 


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