Winterlude Web Series


Here at Winterfest we encourage you to get out of the house and enjoy the season, but we know that’s not always possible. Sometimes it’s the frigid temperatures or the sidewalks yet to be shovelled, sometimes you just need to hunker down and hibernate.

To bring Winterfest into your homes during these times we’ve commissioned local filmmaker Matthew MacFadzean to create a serial video project so you can engage in the festival the wherever you find comfort. Each week we’ll release a new episode giving you reason to pop your head out of the cave for few minutes to enjoy Winterlude.




A man wrestles with seasonal affective disorder in this odd little series about how winter can get into your head.

The Creators:


Matthew MacFadzean is an award-winning writer and actor. He’s had original shows in development with production companies and networks and written on Family Channel’s hit shows The Next Step and Lost and Found Music Studios. His first film, Dorothy’s Secret, played festivals in Canada and the U.S. and can be seen on CBC’s Canadian Reflections. He’s written and produced ten plays including the multi-Dora-nominated richardthesecond, and the multi-Dora-winning The Mill, both available from Playwright’s Canada Press. He’s won commissions, residencies and awards including New York’s prestigious William and Eva Fox Foundation Award. He is a graduate of McGill University, the National Theatre School of Canada and the Canadian Film Centre’s Prime Time Writing Program. He is a founding member of Hamilton’s Industry Theatre company.

Michael Penney graduated in 2002 from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Studies.He has worked as a writer, director, producer, cinematographer and editor. In 2005, he formed Afterlight Films, through which he has made a number of narrative and documentary shorts. Select works include the award-winning BravoFACT Yeah Rite (2011); the documentary shortKingdom of the Sun (2017), which explored conflict mining in Bolivia, Colombia and Peru; the comedy Game Night (2018); horror short Trespasses (2019), and the award-winning micro shorts Hellfie (2018) and Beat Nick (2019).