NWF2017 is may 5-14, 2017


Formerly known as the Global Visions Festival, Canada’s longest-running non-fiction film festival is evolving in a big way!

Over the past 3 years, this festival has begun the process of reinventing itself, and our goal is a simple one: to be Western Canada’s premiere non-fiction film and arts festival.

We’ve developed great partnerships with a multitude of like-minded cultural organizations, bringing Edmontonians the best in non-fiction, music, and documentary filmmaking, while elevating the audience experience every step of the way.

And each step in our evolution has been with one goal in mind: To be lessexclusive, and more inclusive

About GVF

Global Visions was Canada’s longest running documentary film festival. In May 2014, we expanded the festival to 10 days, where Western Canada’s premiere doc-fest presented the hottest, most talked-about new documentaries from home and abroad.

Since 2013, we have presented Exclusive Edmonton Premieres of films such as Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Made in Japan, Chasing Ice, How to Survive a Plague, The Act of Killing, Central Park Five, When I Walk, Jodorowsky’s Dune, and Call Me Kuchu, just to name a few.

We have also presented live performances by artists such as Jay Sparrow, Jr Gone Wild, Death by Robot, and more. And our 2015 IndustryActive initiative offered festival attendees a variety of exciting workshops and panels.

In May of 2015, immediately upon concluding the 2015 edition of Global Visions, we announced our name change, and NORTHWESTFEST was born! NWF will continue in the proud tradition begun by Global Visions – continuing to bring the best in non-fiction filmmaking, local music, and art of all kinds to Edmonton audiences.


The festival began in 1983 as the Edmonton Learners Centre’s ‘Third World Film Festival’. The centre became the non-profit Global Visions Festival Society in 1998, with the newly re-named Global Visions Film Festival.


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