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Celebrate English through cinema at Canada’s top film festivals

For an amazing cultural and immersive English language experience in Canada, head to one of the country’s many highly acclaimed film festivals. We’ve selected just a few of the best:


Toronto Film Festival - Canada’s most famous film festival is on a par with Cannes, Berlin and Sundance. Toronto Film Festival (or TIFF), presents the best of international and Canadian cinema to film lovers of all ages and backgrounds.

Hot Docs, Toronto - Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America’s largest documentary festival, showcasing around 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world. 

Fantasia, Montreal - Quentin Tarantino calls Fantasia “The most important and prestigious genre film festival on this continent.” Let the Right One InThe Blair Witch ProjectShaun of the Dead, and Ghost World all had their Canadian premieres here.

St John's International Women's Film Festival - Established in 1989 to support and promote women filmmakers, this annual celebration of female filmmaking in Newfoundland is one of the longest running women's film festivals in the world.

Ottawa International Animation Festival - This 41 year-old festival is North America's leading celebration of animation. Filmmakers present their cutting-edge, funny, heartfelt and rabble-rousing stories to film and animation buffs from around the globe.

Calgary Underground Film Festival - CUFF brings visitors a taste of films rarely seen in North American cinemas. From feature films and shorts to documentary and animation, films showcased here are selected for ‘defying convention’.

If you love the idea of combining a film festival with your English language learning experience, EC English Language Centres have schools in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, plus a school specifically for more mature students, Toronto 30+.

Young students can take advantage of language learning opportunities with the Newfoundland International Student Education Program or the Canadian Association of Public Schools (CAPS-I).