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The Reel Artists Film Festival is the only film festival in North America to focus exclusively on documentaries about contemporary art. RAFF presents a selection of international feature-length and short documentaries that address topics and challenges present in today’s art world. These films create an accessible point of entry for general audiences to consider the key personalities and philosophies in contemporary art.

For 2015, RAFF will take on the theme of risk-taking. Three films will be screened, each addressing the theme from a unique perspective. After each screening, a special panel discussion or keynote speaker will lead a deeper investigation into the ideas presented in each documentary. RAFF 2015 will take place from March 26 to 28 at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West.



RAFF 2015 – 12th-Annual Reel Artists Film Festival

Three exceptional films take on the theme of risk-taking in the arts. Join us for the Opening Night Celebration, Weekend Festival screenings and special panel discussions.

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RAFF 2015 – Opening Night Screening and Celebration

The festival opens with a cocktail dinner reception, the Toronto premiere of Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery and a panel discussion.

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RAFF 2015 – Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery

Wolfgang Beltracchi pulled off the biggest art-forgery scandal of the past 100 years. Winner of Best Documentary at the 2014 German Film Awards.

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RAFF 2015 – Patron Saint

The world premiere of Michael Kainer’s story of Janusz Dukszta, who has commissioned nearly 100 portraits of himself over the past 60 years.

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RAFF 2015 – Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy

Director Stéphanie Valloatto investigates 12 international artists who risk everything for freedom of expression.

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Video: Germano Celant on When Attitudes Become Form

Sometimes the most exciting new exhibitions come from deep in the past. This truth was evident during the 2013 Venice Biennale, when the Prada Foundation’s exhibition “When Attitudes…

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Video: Richard Deacon on Sculpture, Film & More

On February 21, 2014, UK artist Richard Deacon joined German film director Claudia Schmid in Toronto for the world premiere of the documentary Richard Deacon — In Between. The screening was…

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Jeff Dupre Wins Goethe Reel Audience Director Award

The Goethe Reel Audience Director Award at Canadian Art’s Reel Artists Film Festival has gone to Jeff Dupre for Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace. This film had its world premiere at RAFF on…

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Slideshow: RAFF 2014 Opening Night with Kehinde Wiley

The Reel Artists Film Festival opened in Toronto last night (February 19) with a world-premiere screening of Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace, the first major film focusing on the work of renowned…

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Michael Landy Q&A: On the Art of Destruction

The idea of wiping the slate clean reaches new levels in the work of UK artist Michael Landy. For his 2001 piece Break Down, Landy systematically destroyed all his worldly possessions after…

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Kehinde Wiley Q&A: On Race, Representation and Reality

If portrait painting has a long tradition of idealizing the rich and powerful—from popes to kings to war heroes and beyond—then American artist Kehinde Wiley might best be known for his ability…

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Richard Deacon Q&A: On Film, Fabrication and Failure

Richard Deacon is one of Britain’s greatest living sculptors. Winner of the 1987 Turner Prize, he is best known for his grand, “open” structures that stress material as much as the space it…

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