Local Spotlight

Belleville Downtown DocFest is dedicated to fostering the art of filmmaking and as such seeks out and supports local documentary filmmakers. The festival provides them with an opportunity to present their films to an audience as well as interacting with filmgoers through Q&As, networking with other emerging filmmakers, attending professional development workshops, meeting established filmmakers and finding distribution for their work. We sincerely thank Vantage Point Media House for generously sponsoring DocFest’s 2019 Annual Filmmakers’ Reception.

The 2019 8th Annual DocFest featured 13 films created by local filmmakers with the goal of turning the camera lens on all that this area has to offer. The Quinte region is home to some amazing talent and DocFest is incredibly proud to be able to give these artists the platform they need and deserve to have their work seen, and to compensate them financially in accordance with the Independent Media Arts Alliance fee schedule.

DocFest is pleased to be offer an annual filmmaker workshop series to help further develop aspiring and established filmmakers locally and across the province.

The DocFest Award winners for Best Local Feature Documentary and for Best Short Documentary are presented below. Thanks to Signal Brewery for their sponsorship of the 2019 Best Local Film Awards.

Thanks go to Peter Paylor for designing the 2019 winner’s trophy!



Best Local Documentary Award Winners
Yoshi Aoki (As Long As They’ll Listen)
Sean Scally (Playing With Fire)


Best Local Feature Documentary Award Winner
Tess Girard (As The Crow Flies)

Best Local Short Documentary Winners
Angela Bell and Aaron Bell (Downforce, Street Luger)


1st Sean Scally (Heritage Cramahe Moment: Charles Smith Rutherford VC)

2nd Adam Grary (Ty Conn: My Brother the Outlaw)

3rd Doug Knutson (Hollywood of the North)


1st Loyalist Foursquared

2nd Ben Quaiff (Move for Inclusion)

3rd James A. Smith and Laura J.Forth (Lest We Forget)


1st Lenny Epstein (Til the Cows Come Home)

2nd Aaron Bell (Crawford: Family of Champions)

3rd Joel George (Vivacious)


1st Adam Gray and Andrew Gray (Fly Colt Fly)