Opening Gala

Belleville Downtown DocFest’s 2021, 10th Annual, Gala Event Friday March 5.

2021 Gala Event

DocFest’s Gala is a much-loved community celebration and while it can’t be the same this year, we will be safely celebrating our resilient community and our 10th Annual Festival!  We have a special virtual opening night planned and in keeping with tradition, we are kicking off the festival with a remarkable music documentary, paired with a special not-to-be missed music performance. You can stream the Gala feature documentary and the concert straight to your living room. 

Gala Film

We are thrilled to present the acclaimed film, Meeting the Beatles in India by two-time Canadian Emmy Award-winning film and television producer-director, Paul Saltzman.

Gala Concert

We’re proud to present Mark Rashotte & Andy Forgie: “Music From Rishikesh. After the Gala film, audience members will be treated to the Festival’s virtual music performance. The show will be coming to you from the historic Empire Theatre in downtown Belleville, home to DocFest’s past Galas.

2021 Gala Sponsor

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Docfest’s Gala sponsor since our first year.
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Get Passes

Passes are on sale now for the 2021 Festival, find out more about the different types of passes and ways to watch on our Tickets and Passes page.

Gala Film Selection

Meeting the Beatles in India

In the Spring of 1968, Paul Saltzman travelled to India to study transcendental meditation at the same ashram where the Beatles were guests of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Saltzman spent a week with the band during a pivotal moment as they wrote songs for the forthcoming The Beatles (aka The White Album). Interpersonal tensions were surfacing that would soon tear the group apart. Saltzman, an award-winning Toronto-based director/ producer, returns to India to reflect on the impact of those remarkable days on his own life and those of the Beatles themselves.


Paul Saltzman


Morgan Freeman

Film Details

2020, USA, 82 min

Gala Concert

Mark Rashotte & Andy Forgie: “Music From Rishikesh”

Deconstructing & re-imagining selections from The Beatles White Album

Mark Rashotte & Andy Forgie began their life long friendship &
musical journey together, as 7th Graders …The year was 1968, the
very year that The Beatles released, what has come to be known as,
“The White Album”!

Many of the songs from this iconic double lp, were composed during
the band’s journey to Rishikesh, India… in search of the answer, the
reason, the meaning of all…

For the past 20 plus years Andy & Mark have become recognized
internationally, (from England to Belgium, throughout The USA and
right here at home), for their performances with “All You Need Is Love:
Celebrating the Music Of The Beatles”

Mark is also the owner & visionary of Belleville’s Empire Theatre…as
well as being the lead guitarist and manager for Jake Clemons: of
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band fame!

Andy is known for bringing joy to the young & young at heart, as both
a children’s performer, and providing musical therapy for the elderly,
and those struggling with Alzheimer’s.

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