Brock University Film Society

Dear Friends of BUFS,

After a hiatus of nearly two years, BUFS is back!

Already at the time, the film that turned out to be our final screening of our abbreviated 2019-2020 season seemed like a momentous choice. The film in question was A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Marielle Heller’s biopic of Fred “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” Rogers, and the actor who played Rogers, Tom Hanks, had just been diagnosed with Covid-19. 

Now, looking back at our publicity materials for that screening, and finding the following quote from Ann Hornaday, the film critic for the Washington Post, the occasion seems even more ironic:  “In an era that seems fatally mired in fear, anger and mistrust, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood arrives as something more than a movie. It feels like an answered prayer.”

May we have many more answered prayers — cinematic and otherwise.

Anyway, as many of you know, the Brock University Film Society has been in existence since 1975, and for 45 years — until the spring of 2020 — it had run without interruption. We’re so glad that we will be back at the Film House in downtown St. Catharines hosting a pared-back 2022 season as a warmup for what we’re hoping will be a regular BUFS schedule when our 2022-2023 season gets underway in September.

And we’re especially glad to be celebrating the return of BUFS (and the return of the Film House) with a screening of Pedro Almodóvar’s latest triumph, Parallel Mothers, starring Penélope Cruz. Almodóvar is certainly one of the greatest talents world cinema has witnessed over the last 50 years (his career got underway in 1974!): a master stylist and an immensely creative and compassionate director.

Bon cinéma!

Anthony Kinik
Associate Professor


The final screening of our highly abbreviated 2021-2022 season takes place Thursday, April 7, at 7:00 p.m. The film in question is The Souvenir: Part II, Joanna Hogg’s follow-up to her extraordinary The Souvenir (2019). Like the original, it stars Honor Swinton Byrne as “Julie,” a young filmmaker based in part on Hogg, and co-stars Tilda Swinton, Byrne’s real-life mother, as “Julie”‘s mother “Rosalind.” 

“How do you follow a film that seemed perfect in itself, a model of compression and self-containment about a ravaging love affair and the growing pains of a young artist at a pivot point in her life?,” Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal asks. “The answer,” according to Morgenstern, “turns out to be daringly intricate and beautifully simple. Ms. Hogg has outdone herself with an even stronger film about grief, self-discovery, the daunting uncertainties of the creative process and, before and after everything else, the mysterious power of the movie medium.”


The Brock University Film Society (BUFS) has been bringing the best in independent and art house cinema to St. Catharines and the Niagara region for well over 40 years. The society is supported by the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Brock.

BUFS screenings take place in the state-of-the-art facilities of the Film House inside the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (250 Saint Paul Street). These screenings occur on Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m. throughout the school year, and they often feature introductions, short presentations, prize giveaways and other surprises.

“BUFS is a pillar of the Niagara cinephile scene, and it has been since 1975. BUFS screenings have a wonderful energy to them, one that comes from the combination of artful, thought-provoking films, eager, savvy audiences, and a premium theatre experience. This is film culture the way it was meant to be, with animated discussions continuing long after the credits roll, and spilling out onto the streets of St. Catharines.”

Anthony Kinik, Film Professor

Tickets and information

Tickets are available at the Film House on the evening of screenings. General admission is $9.50 or $7 for Film House members / 13 and under.

Memberships are available through the Film House website.

BUFS kicks off Thursday, March 3, 2022. 

Chance to win film-related prizes every BUFS screening.

Ticket sales will be subject to enforcement of Ontario Film Review Board ratings. Please have photo identification ready.

BUFS is proud to be part of Brock’s university-wide commitment to provide facilities, programs, and services in a way that respects the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities. Learn more about accessibility at BUFS.

Anthony Kinik
Associate Professor

previous seasons

  • Downton Abbey
  • Parasite
  • Frankie
  • Joker
  • Honey Boy
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Little Women
  • The Good Liar
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  • A Hidden Life – cancelled
  • Dark Waters – cancelled
  • BlacKKKlansman
  • Suspiria
  • Destroyer
  • The Old Man and the Gun
  • Widows
  • Shoplifters
  • A Star is Born
  • Cold War
  • Stan & Ollie
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Vice
  • The Farewell
  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco
  • Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette
  • David Crosby: Remember My Name
  • The Souvenir
  • The Dead Don’t Die
  • Judy
  • Pain and Glory
  • The Lighthouse
  • Mister America
  • C’est La Vie
  • The Divine Order
  • Human Flow
  • The Square
  • Beach Rats
  • The Florida Project
  • Oscar Shorts – Live Action
  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Don’t Talk to Irene
  • Human Flow
  • Meditation Park
  • First Reformed
  • Let the Sunshine In
  • Sorry to Bother You
  • Madeline’s Madeline
  • Papillon
  • Three Identical Strangers
  • The Wife
  • Fahrenheit 11/9
  • Juliet, Naked
  • The Happy Prince
  • Anthropocene: The Human Factor
  • Dark Horse
  • Tale of Tales
  • Captain Fantastic
  • The Dressmaker
  • It’s Only the End of the World
  • Neon Demon
  • Maggie’s Plan
  • Our Little Sister
  • Weiner
  • Things to Come
  • Mia Madre
  • The Light Between Oceans
  • 20th Century Women
  • The Salesman
  • Weirdos
  • The Handmaiden
  • American Honey
  • Paterson
  • Moonlight
  • Toni Erdmann
  • A Man Called Ove
  • I, Daniel Blake
  • I’ll See You in My Dreams
  • Slow West
  • Eden
  • The Second Mother
  • Coming Home
  • Best of Enemies
  • Samba
  • Court
  • Labyrinth of Lies
  • Sleeping Giant
  • Grandma
  • Trumbo
  • Macbeth
  • 45 years 
  • This Changes Everything
  • Son of Saul
  • Mountains May Depart
  • Into The Forest
  • Mustang
  • Lady in the Van
  • Theeb
  • Rams
  • The Immigrant
  • Ida
  • Tracks
  • Bright Days Ahead (Les beaux jours)
  • The Rover
  • We Are The Best! (Vi är bäst!)
  • Calvary
  • Land Ho!
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (Hundraåringen som klev ut
  • genom fönstret och försvann)
  • Venus In Fur (La Vénus à la fourrure)
  • Boyhood
  • Pride
  • Whiplash
  • The Overnighters
  • Force Majeure (Turist)
  • My Old Lady
  • Rosewater
  • Mommy
  • Still Alice
  • Red Army
  • Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit)
  • Mr. Turner
  • Before Midnight
  • Blue Jasmine
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Blancanieves (Snow White)
  • 20 Feet From Stardom
  • The Way Way Back
  • Fruitvale Station
  • The Hunt
  • Wadjda
  • All Is Lost
  • Museum Hours
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Siddharth
  • The Broken Circle Breakdown
  • Good Vibrations
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Nebraska
  • Watermark
  • The Selfish Giant
  • Le Week-end
  • Gabrielle
  • Cas & Dylan

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