From the grassroots of rock n’ roll to hip-hop and folk and everything in between: Music on Screen showcases the best of movies where music plays the starring role.

Music accompanies us through all the journeys of our lives. It ebbs and flows and it conveys entire character arcs without having to utter a single word. From chance meetings that lead to decades-long collaborations, to legendary road trips to play the perfect gig, these are the stories of the stories inside the music itself.  

Below are the films announced to play as part of CIFF 2019's Music on Screen series. Playing at Studio Bell - National Music Centre, Eau Claire and Globe Cinema this festival. 

AFTER SO MANY DAYS webafter so many days

September 27 at 6:30 PM at Studio Bell - National Music Centre + September 28 at 2:15 PM at Eau Claire

Singer-songwriters Jim and Sam attempt to play one show every day for a year, putting their music and marriage to the ultimate test! 

After a decade spent touring and making music, recently married singer/songwriter duo Jim and Sam had not yet found the 'success' they'd hoped for - at least, not by traditional standards - so they make a pact, to play one show per day - EVERY day - for an entire year. With suitcases in hand and guitars slung over shoulders, they embark on a journey across 14 different countries, a journey that will change their lives, bringing the pure emotion and passion of their music to audiences around the world. 

Filled with humour, pathos, humanity, and the glorious, gorgeous music of LA-based duo Jim and Sam, AFTER SO MANY DAYS is a raw and intimate front row seat to the highs and lows found in any relationship, let alone one where both parties are pursuing dreams of a life in music!

FIDDLER webfiddler : A Miracle of miracles 

September 22 at 7:45 PM at Eau Claire + September 28 at 4:45 PM at Globe Cinema

FIDDLER is the exhilarating origin story behind the beloved Broadway musical, Fiddler on The Roof, and its creative roots in 1960s New York.

Opening on Broadway in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof held the record for the longest running musical for nearly a decade, won nine Tony Awards, saw five Broadway revivals, toured the country, and spawned a much-loved, Oscar-winning film. This classic musical is still performed at theatres around the world - from middle schools in inner cities to high schools in rural America, to grand state theatres in Japan and Mexico City. FIDDLER is the exhilarating, in-depth documentary that chronicles the path - and influence - of this iconic piece of American culture.



September 26 at 6:30 PM at Studio Bell - National Music Centre + September 29 at 5:15 PM at Eau Claire

Celebrate the artist whose voice defined a generation, while breaking the established rules of the game and opening doors for women in the music industry along the way.

Since bursting onto the music scene in 1967, Linda Ronstadt’s extraordinary vocal range and ambition created unforgettable songs across rock, pop, country, folk, standards, Mexican, and soul. As the most popular female recording artist of the 1970s, she filled arenas and produced an astounding eleven Platinum albums. She was the first artist to top the Pop, Country, and R&B charts simultaneously, winning 10 Grammy Awards®, and attaining a level of stardom the Tucson native never could have imagined.

In LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE, Ronstadt is our guide through a childhood, singing Mexican canciones with her family; her folk days with the Stone Poneys; and on to her reign as the undisputed “queen of country rock” in the ‘70s and early ’80s until her singing voice was stilled by illness, forcing her into early retirement. But her music - and influence - remain timeless. 

With moving performance footage and appearances by friends and collaborators including Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne, LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE celebrates an artist whose desire to share the music she loved, made generations of fans fall in love with her — and the sound of her voice.


Mystify: Michael Hutchence 

September 21 at 7:45 PM at Eau Claire + September 27 at 9:00 PM at Studio Bell - National Music Centre

This intimate portrait of internationally renowned INXS frontman, Michael Hutchence, transports us through the looking glass to reveal a multifaceted, intensely sensitive and complex man.

Michael Hutchence had a charisma and a raw sex appeal that few performers have ever been able to duplicate. But at the height of his fame, Michael’s life was irrevocably altered, leaving him a shell of his former self. From his fractured family life to the peaks of rock stardom, to his downfall after the violent accident that changed everything, MYSTIFY incorporates vintage performance footage and never-before-seen personal archives, along with intimate interviews with friends, lovers, family, colleagues and Michael himself, giving us a profound and unforgettable portrait of a young man’s life journey.


September 25 at 6:30 PM at Studio Bell - National Music Centre + September 25 at 9:00 PM at Studio Bell - National Music Centre

Director Daniel Roher and Executive Producers Martin Scorsese, Brian Glazer and Ron Howard team up to bring this career-spanning documentary about Canada's own Robbie Robertson.

From his early days in Toronto and the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve, to his time backing up Bob Dylan, to the formation of The Band. ONCE WERE BROTHERS doesn't miss a beat of the life and career of Robbie Robertson.

The highly anticipated screening of ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND will be the Festival's first Centrepiece Gala event. Hosted at Studio Bell -The National Music Centre, the Centrepiece Gala will take place on Wednesday, September 25 at 6:30pm and kicks off the Music on Screen Series. Tickets for the Centrepiece Gala are $25 and include one drink ticket. 

An encore Headliner screening of the event will take place the same day at 9pm. Tickets for this screening will be $17.


September 24 at 6:30 PM at Eau Claire + September 26 at 9:00 PM at Studio Bell National Music Centre

For 20 years, indie record store Other Music was THE influential hub of music culture in New York City. This is their story.

Located in the heart of Manhattan's East Village, New York City's Other Music was more than just a record store. It was a place where bands were formed, record labels were born and careers were launched. And it's where a generation of New Yorkers gathered to discover groundbreaking new music by artists like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, The National, Arcade Fire, and countless others.

As record stores continue to close and community hubs like Other Music struggle to remain in existence, OTHER MUSIC celebrates what spaces like this have meant to so many people over so many years, and the importance of finding community in an increasingly digital world.