Like most film festivals this past year, the Milton Film Festival is going virtual, streaming all films and guest Q&As online. This new format has allowed the Festival to expand to five days – January 27-31 – and have fourteen screenings, each available for viewing for 3-5 days.

The 8th annual event marks the return of some old friends, including Milton director Jawad Mir, whose documentary ONLY 78 had its Ontario premiere at the 2018 Festival. Now Mir is back with co-director Ahmad Ebrahimi with a new documentary. CITIZEN OF MORIA follows Ahmad after he is forced to leave Afghanistan by the Taliban and winds up in Europe’s worst refugee camp – Moria.

Another returning filmmaker is the festival’s first guest, Paul Saltzman. His new documentary, MEETING THE BEATLES IN INDIA, retraces his journey of over 50 years ago when he spent a life-changing time with the Beatles at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram.

Former host Ron Base will also be returning to conduct some of the livestreamed, interactive Q&A sessions scheduled with the Festival’s many guests.

The director and cast of JASMINE ROAD will be on hand to discuss their heartwarming film about a clash of cultures between a family of Syrian refugees and the recently widowed Alberta rancher who takes them in.

ANOTHER ROUND reunites Danish director Thomas Vinterberg and actor Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt, Hannibal) in an award-winning comedic drama about the benefits and pitfalls of perpetual inebriation.

NO ROSES ON A SAILOR’S GRAVE is a Canadian documentary about the friendship between a WWII Navy veteran, and a young archaeologist trying to fulfill a promise to find his lost ship. A Q&A with director Daniel Orton will follow the film, and donations made will go to Royal Canadian Legion’s Milton Branch.

NADIA, BUTTERFLY is a compelling drama from Quebec filmmaker Pascal Plante about an Olympic swimmer making a painful decision to leave the sport that she loves. Plante will be joining former Olympic kayaker and Milton MP Adam Van Koeverden to discuss the film.

Other feature films to be screened are BLACK BEAR, GIRL, NO VISIBLE TRAUMA, HONEYLAND, THE CLIMB, NO ORDINARY MAN, and UNDINE.

The Festival will also be presenting 17 short films from Milton, Halton and beyond, screened with the features as well as together in a single ticket screening.

More information about the Festival and its films, as well as passes and tickets, are available at www.miltonfilmfest.com.

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