DocFest for Schools

The DocFest for Schools program encourages students to engage with current critical issues and to explore new ideas.

BEE NATION, directed by Lana Šlezić, screens Tuesday, February 27 and Wednesday, February 28 at 10:30am, at The Empire Theatre. (78 min)

This year we have an amazing critically acclaimed film to show on The Empire Theatres big screen. Expertly directed by Loyalist alumnus, Lana Šlezić,  Bee Nation is an extraordinary film that shows the power and spirit of Saskatchewan First Nations youth competing in their first provincial and national Spelling Bee. A highly favoured film at Hot Docs, Bee Nation is a pure delight! Free admission is limited to pre-registered students, their teachers and chaperones.

There is no charge to attend and admission is limited to pre-registered students, their teachers and chaperons.

Contact info@downtowndocfest for more information or to register.

The film will be shown again on Sunday, March 4 at 12:00pm at The Empire Theatre for all Festival Pass-holders.


Directed by Lana Šlezić

  • Canada
  • 78 min


Lana Šlezić’s Bee Nation is a heart-warming and inspiring film about the First Nations youth and their families in Saskatchewan who compete at their first-ever provincial and national Canadian Spelling Bee. Bee Nation was selected as the opening night film for the 2017 Hot Docs Film Festival and placed in the Top Ten for the Audience Choice Award.


Loyalist College,
CVS Midwest Tape,
Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation,
Elementary Teachers’ Federation, Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association,
Canadian Union of Public Employees 1022