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September 24, 25, 26, 2021

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We’re very proud to announce that the Marie Dressler Foundation Vintage Film Festival will be a Community Partner with TIFF Cinematheque for one of the films in the Restored! Program in the spring of 2016 to be presented at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.  

The film is the 1925 German silent, Varieté, (variously known in world release as Variety, Vaudeville or Jealousy) directed by Ewald Andre Dupont, and featuring Emil Jannings. (Paul Rotha in his 1930 book, ‘The Film Till Now’ puts forward the notion that the producer of the film, Erich Pommer, made a strong, uncredited contribution to the direction of the Film.) [Restored! information on Varieté here]

Although sales were brisk, particularly on the first night of the Festival, not all posters were sold.  Therefore, a limited number are now available for sale.

The posters are 18" x 23" and are approved by the Artist for Sale in conjunction with the 2015 festival.

The price is $30 and includes all taxes but does NOT include Shipping and Handling (S & H).

At the 2015 Festival, patrons were asked to fill out an audience survey to help us with our marketing effort. A draw was held from surveys submitted - the prize for three lucky winners is a Free pass to next year's Festival.  Surveys were drawn from entries by a person who was not a member of the committee and the lucky winners were:

  • Lisa Irving - Cobourg
  • Lisa Allicock - Toronto
  • Geoffrey Allen - Toronto

All winners have been notified.


Posters painted by Peter Doig will be available for sale to patrons of the Festival starting Friday, October 23, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at Victoria Hall, Cobourg.  Posters are 18" by 23" and are priced at $30 including tax.  Two inch tubes will be available for $2.00.  There will be a limit of 3 per person.

If any posters are available at the end of the festival, they will be available online for the same price although there will be an additional charge for shipping and handling.

There are no advanced sales or reservations.

Each year, the Marie Dressler Foundation awards one or more bursary/Scholarships to grade 12 students at Bursaries 2015l-r Kieran Yates, Connor Dobos, Sabina LitherlandWest Northumberland High Schools (Cobourg & Port Hope). The scholarships are worth $1000 and applications are submitted via the schools in the area. The money is primarily raised from the proceeds of the Vintage Film Festival but also from sponsors, yard sales and other events.  On June 27, 2015, the three winners for 2015 were congratulated and given their awards - see photos below.

On Saturday July 19, the Marie Dressler Foundation was pleased to present $1000 cheques to each of the four scholarship winners for 2014.  The money is raised primarily through the activities of the Vintage Film Festival and its sponsors.

As usual, the presentation was made at Marie Dressler house but this year there was more ceremony than usual.