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The 9th annual Regent Park Film Festival, Toronto’s only free community film festival, begins this Wednesday, November 2. Devoted to showing local and international independent films, the festival schedule has programming for everyone, at any age.

Wednesday through Friday, the festival presents school programming during the day, for grades one through eight. On Thursday, November 3 at 6:00 pm, there will be a panel discussion called Questioning Canada after screenings of Beyond the Gardens’ Wall (2010) and My Father the Terrorist (2010). Film programs to be featured include Urban Roots, an afternoon Shorts Program, a Migration Program, and individual screenings of Bang Bang (2011), Hankering for a High (2011), and Ghetto Millionaires (2010). The festival opens with Community Stories, a youth media arts program made up of several short films made by local and international young people. You can read up on the entire film list here.

The festival runs from Wednesday, November 2 until Saturday, November 5 at Lord Dufferin Public School (350 Parliament St). Only the Galas will screen elsewhere; at the Dominion on Queen (500 Queen St E). Best of all, it’s a totally free event, and there’s even complimentary childcare on offer. For all the details, please see the Regent Park Film Festival website.