The Festival

Vox Popular Festival Crowd

Vox Popular is a non-profit Media Arts Festival in Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada and is the evolution of the Bay Street Film Festival. We program Canadian and International films, multimedia installations, and media artists of all genres.  An annual film festival is held in September each year with the 15th year approaching for 2019. We also do event bookings for films, concerts, conferences, panel discussions, workshops, and more. If you are interested in hosting your event with Vox Popular, Contact Us today!

History of Vox Popular

Celebrating its 15th anniversary from September 12-15, 2019, Vox Popular helps professional independent artists show their work to audiences of all ages, interests and abilities to enrich their experience of media arts. 2017 marked the first year at the new location in Trinity Hall on Park Avenue.

The annual film festival is an integral part of Northwestern Ontario’s film history and since its inception in 2005 has celebrated the ongoing achievements of independent filmmakers. The Festival focuses on showcasing the latest films of emerging and established professional independent filmmakers working in remote and isolated communities around the world so the diverse stories and perspectives of the near and far North are given increased visibility and prominence.

In the past fourteen years, Vox Popular Media Arts Festival has screened over 600 films, hosted over 120 visiting filmmakers from Northwestern Ontario, Canada and around the world, held dozens of discussions and highly successful Master Classes. Our audiences are of all ages and interests including the Finnish, First Nations, Francophone and other specific communities in our region.

Location and Other Details

Vox Popular is located at Trinity Hall at 310 Park Avenue in downtown Thunder Bay. The hall is attached to the nearly 150 year old Trinity United Church. Our venue features a 300-seat auditorium, a high-quality BOSE sound system, a large format 24′ projection screen, a stage, and an accessible entrance off Algoma St.

Thunder Bay, Ontario is located on Lake Superior between Toronto, Ontario (1 hour and 40 minute flight) and Winnipeg, Manitoba (1 hour and 15 minute flight) and a 475 km flight distance north of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The city is serviced by an international airport. Check out www.thunderbay.ca for more information about Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario.

We pay screening fees to artists and distributors*, according to current CARFAC (Canadian Artist Representation/Le Front des Artistes Canadiens) rates. We provide several travel grants to help subsidize the expenses of filmmakers from around the world* traveling to Thunder Bay to present their film, participate in Q&A sessions after screenings, participate in panel discussions and most importantly, to interact and share film and film-making experiences with Northwestern Ontario communities.

* Some restrictions may apply.