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Shadows of the Mind Film Festival regretfully announces the cancellation of our February 2021 festival due to COVID-19. 


The Shadows team extends a special message of hope to the many people living in isolation during this time.  We have compiled a list of our recommended best 10 films over the past decade and invite everyone to check out these titles.

You can also find all of our other previous films by going into our Film Archives.

If you are interested in accessing other great movies and documentaries check out these two sites.

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Shadows 2020 lineup includes two local films

The Shadows of the Mind Film Festival is excited to announce the 2020 lineup: 29 select films from around the world, set to screen Feb. 22 to March 1 in Sault Ste. Marie. The 21st season kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 22 with the gala film Arab Blues at the Grand Theatre and catered after party at the Sault Ste. Marie Museum featuring a ‘Through the Lens’ exhibit.

Starting Feb. 24, each weekday will be filled with meaningful theme-focused documentaries and dramas, many with panel discussions, and by donation/pay what you can admission.

Evening and weekend lineups will feature internationally acclaimed cinema. Dark Waters, La Belle Epoque and Tel Aviv on Fire are just a few of the highlights. A strong Canadian selection includes And the Birds Rained Down, White Lie and the hilarious comedy Menteur (Compulsive Liar).

Filmgoers will be able to see scenes of northern Ontario in screenings of Castle in the Ground, shot in Sudbury; The Bet, shot in Sault Ste. Marie with producer David Gordian in attendance; and Brotherhood, shot in Michipicoten First Nation with a question and answer with guest filmmaker Richard Bell.

The shorts program, Reel Northern Flicks will be on hiatus this year and in its place, organizers have programmed an Oscar-nominated surprise movie.

Tickets go on sale on the website and at the Shadows Box Office on Feb. 10, 2020 in the Station Mall, Dennis Street entrance. It will be open from Monday to Friday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 12-5 p.m. through the festival. Cost-saving five movie vouchers are also available for purchase online.

For a complete listing of titles, times, locations, ticket and Gala information, please visit our website or follow us on Facebook

About Shadows of the Mind
Shadows is a not for profit, volunteer run film festival in Sault Ste. Marie that focuses on providing insights into mental health, addictions and current social issues through the lens of exciting, unique and entertaining movies and documentaries.


Brotherhood gets screening at Shadows

This article was posted originally in the Sault Star on December 28, 2019 10:10 AM EST by Brian Kelly reposted with permission.


A historic drama based on a true story, and shot in Michipicoten First Nation, is part of the 21st annual Shadows of the Mind Film Festival.

Brendan Fletcher (Cardinal, Air Bud) and Brendan Fehr (CSI: Miami, Roswell) star in Brotherood, directed by Richard Bell (Eighteen, Two Brothers and Two Others).

Bell’s film, shot in September 2017, is based on a 1926 incident involving a group of teen boys attending an Anglican summer camp who get caught in a storm during a canoeing expedition.

Brotherhood joins more than two dozen titles expected to be screened between Feb. 24 and March 1. The festival’s mandate is to show movies that deal with mental health, addiction and other social topics.

The Grand Theatre hosts a gala screening of Arab Blues on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. An after party follows at nearby Sault Ste. Marie Museum where a film-related exhibition will be featured.

Manele Labidi’s feature directing debut was nominated for best film at Stockholm Film Festival and Vaddadolid Film Festival.

“It’s a light comedy with a little bit of a bite to it,” co-director Bill MacPherson told The Sault Star.

Tickets to the film and social cost $45. A gold pass, selling for $220, includes Arab Blues and after party.

The festival box office opens Feb. 10 near Station Mall’s Dennis Street entrance. Single admission is $14. Vouchers for five films for $60 can be purchased at The vouchers must be exchanged for tickets on the festival’s website or the box office.

The 2020 lineup also includes The Bet, also shot in the Sault, Castle in the Ground, a Canadian film about opioid addiction starring Neve Campbell (Party of Five) and Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey), and the sexual abuse documentary Rewind. With about a third of titles confirmed, MacPherson is still trying to firm up the screening of five to six shorts nominated for Academy Awards in 2020. Seven films with be shown at Galaxy Cinemas, with most screened at The Grand Theatre.

Additional movies to be shown will be announced starting the third week of January.

“You don’t want to be too dark, but you want to be real,” said MacPherson of the lineup, as festival brass plan to “entertain, but educate at the same time.”

The festival, for the first time, sold more than 4,000 tickets in 2019. The program included Giant Little Ones and The Guilty. MacPherson called the amount of box office traffic “a milestone.

The 21st Annual Shadows of the Mind Film Festival

The 21st Annual Shadows of the Mind Film Festival is set to run Feb. 24 to March 1, 2020 in Sault Ste. Marie with a gala film and after party planned for Saturday, Feb. 22. The Festival committee is pleased to announce this kickoff event will be in partnership with the Sault Ste. Marie Museum and that the film Arab Blues has been confirmed for the gala screening. This modern comedy set in Tunisia has an irresistible charm that does not sidestep the bigger questions of culture and gender.

The gala film screening will take place at The Grand Theatre on Queen followed by the after party at the Sault Ste. Marie Museum. The catered event will be held amidst the Museum exhibit Through the Lens: A History of Film and Photography in Sault Ste. Marie.

While titles are still in the process of being selected and confirmed, several films shot in the North have been secured for the 2020 lineup, The Bet, filmed in Sault Ste. Marie in the summer of 2017, will make its Canadian premiere at Shadows. This is the first screening of a film by director Joan Carr-Wiggin, who has shot five movies in the Sault since 2012. The film Brotherhood, based on a true story, was shot in Wawa and plans are in the works to have director Richard Bell in attendance at the screening.

Cost saving five movie vouchers are currently available online by visiting the Shadows of the Mind website. Movie tickets will go on sale online and at the Shadows Box Office in the Station Mall starting Feb. 10.

The volunteer committee invites the community to come out of the cold for this long standing winter festival. Shadows has grown from a three-day to a seven-day festival featuring Oscar buzz and critically acclaimed films and documentaries from around the world. Over 4,000 filmgoers attended last year.

Movie buffs are encouraged to follow on Facebook and Instagram as the film titles are confirmed and to keep checking here for updates.