Better Cities Film Festival 2023!

Better Cities Film Festival 2023!

What do better cities look like? Let’s talk about it!

The St Catharines Edition of the Better Cities Film Festival returns from Oct. 27th – 29th, 2023, curated Better Neighbourhoods Inc. and co-sponsored by Main Street Engineering. This film festival seeks to bring important discussions out of City Halls, academic lecture rooms and conference centres to bring planning, urban design and city-building conversations to the community. Join us for neighbourhood walking tours, film screenings, panel discussions and more! This pay-what-you-can event is designed to inspire and empower communities to collaborate in the project of city-building. Enjoy a series of films to complement locally-relevant city-building topics such as active transportation, housing, grassroots placemaking, and the economics of urban growth.

Festival programming has been planned for the whole weekend so you can take what you learned from the silver screen into the streets! Activities include:

Friday October 27th, 7PM – 11PM: Festival Kick-off with the Niagara GlowRiders

Light up your bike and the night with the Niagara GlowRiders for a cruise around St. Catharines. Costumes encouraged but not mandatory.

Saturday October 28th – Film Screening 3PM – 4:30PM, Panel Q&A 4:30PM – 5:30PM, After-Party 5:30PM – 9PM

The Festival’s main event! Topics include housing, active transportation, economic development, social equity, and designing for walkable neighbourhoods.

Screening will be followed by a moderated panel discussion with local builders, planners, and other urban experts.

Meet us down the street at the Niagara Artist’s Centre for the after-party!

Sunday, October 29th – Walking Tours (more details will be provided soon!)

Haig Neighbours and ArborSTC

“The Fitz”

Ontario Street is a Nightmare

Downtown St. Catharines: Rockpiles, Wrecking Balls, Rentals & Retrofits

Click for full tour descriptions and registration.


Tickets for the Better Cities Film Festival are now available through the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Film House.

Click to purchase tickets.


FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Film House

250 St Paul St, St. Catharines, ON L2R 3M2

Better Cities After Party

Join us for snacks and drinks at the Niagara Artists Centre, 354 St Paul Street, St.Catharines, ON
Free event with your film house ticket.


Press & Media Contact
Kahlin Holmes:

About The Better Cities Film Festival 
The Better Cities Film Festival collects, curates and presents the very best films on the theme of making better cities, towns, and neighbourhoods. We honour the top films and filmmakers with awards. (And applause!) And we screen those films to a vast audience around the world through our flagship event (a four-day film festival), and through satellite screening events in a growing number of host cities.

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