NORFOLK COUNTY, Ont. – August 13, 2018 – The second annual Routes to Roots Film Festival (R2RFF) will be held on September 21-22, 2018 at the Strand Theatre in downtown Simcoe, Norfolk County, Ontario.

For the 2018 R2RFF, four feature films and a variety of short films from around the world have been selected, including a fun sampling of family-friendly shorts appropriate for all ages. There will be a short pre-show talk before each film.

  • Friday, September 21: Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter: 6:45pm; Supa Modo: 9:20pm
  • Saturday, September 22: Family Friendly Shorts: 10:30am; Sami Blood: 11:45am; I Am Not A Witch: 2:45pm; Shorts: 6:45pm

The R2RFF Weekend Pass costs $50 per person and includes admission to all film blocks. Individual tickets for films cost $12. The Friend of the Festival Pass costs $100 and includes a complimentary glass of wine or tub of popcorn, choice of either an R2RFF hat or T-shirt, seating for all programs in the VIP area, and invitation to the R2RFF Wrap Party.

To purchase tickets, go to or visit one of the following retail locations: The Second Mouse Cheesetique, Delhi; The Urban Parisian, Port Dover; Cottage North Soapworks, Port Dover; Ritzy Cakes and Eatery, Waterford; Erie Music, Simcoe.

New to R2RFF in 2018 is the Norfolk Popcorn Party on Saturday, September 22. Norfolk County is home to the Ontario Popping Corn Company, Canada’s largest producer of popping corn, owned and operated by Livia and Blair Townsend. Events include Longest Popcorn String Contest, popcorn seasoning contests, Popcorn Fashion Contest, and much more.

For information about R2RFF and the Norfolk Popcorn Party, visit

2018 Sponsors of R2RFF are Burning Kiln Winery, Good Redden Klosler, KWIC Internet, Magnolia Hospitality Co., Norfolk County / Government of Ontario, Strand Theatre, RBC, and Tri-County Insurance.


Media Contacts:

  • Elana Post, Co-Curator, Routes to Roots Film Festival, Phone: 519-410-8940
  • Brian Reichheld, Chair, Norfolk Popcorn Party, Phone: 519-909-8600

Routes to Roots Film Festival – Background

The Routes to Roots Film Festival (R2RFF) is an annual showcase of local, national, and international film with an emphasis on themes of returning to roots, rural life, and connectedness. It exists to:

  • engage audiences with award-winning, thought-provoking storytelling that may be unavailable elsewhere
  • encourage new and emerging filmmakers
  • celebrate Norfolk County as a place to visit, live and work