Ladies and gentleman! Guess what!
The 22nd annual Kamloops Film Festival is coming up next week at the Paramount Theatre and select venues around Kamloops. Not just a few films, oh no, TWENTY TWO FILMS, will be featured from March 1st to 10th, 2018. From documentaries to quirky comedies and even horror films, the festival will provide audiences with a selection that encompasses a full range of genres.
Festival Chair, Dušan Magdolen, says this year’s line-up is one of the festival’s best, “I know it’s tempting to say that each and every year, but for 2018 we truly have some incredible films that have a lot to offer audiences in Kamloops.”
Don’t forget that on Sunday, March 4th at noon, screenings will begin of the Kamloops Independent Short Short Film Fest. This event is free to attend and sponsored by yours truly, the Kamloops Arts Council, and the Thompson Nicola Film Commission – a trifecta of awesome-ness – for sure. Local film makers have been encouraged to submit short films under five minutes to win big cash prizes, showcase their talent, and just have some fun. Seriously, crossing off the days on the calendar impatiently over here.
A couple of the films that we’re stoked about include…
Shut Up & Say Something
The opening film of the festival follows acclaimed international spoken word artist Shane Koyczan, who erupted onto the scene during the Vancouver Olympics, on an emotional road trip to reconnect with the father he never knew.
Filmed in the Kamloops area and based on the Daniel Woodrell novel, the film follows a small town drifter who drives into town in search of his next cold beer and the bunch that’ll have him, but gets a lot more than he bargained for.
ALSO A FUN FACT: Once upon a time, Calvin and Neil filmed a behind-the-scenes look while this film was in production around Cache Creek and Ashcroft. It will be really cool to see it on a big screen!
Based on the bestselling book by award-winning author Richard Wagamese, a Kamloops resident until his death last year, this film sheds light on the dark history of Canada’s Residential Schools and the indomitable spirit of the Indigenous people. A definite MUST SEE!
The schedule comes complete with numerous complementary events including an opening night mingle, casual post-film discussions and a closing night party at Hotel 540, among others. “The parties and special events really heighten the festival experience. Carve out a little extra time for a beer-tasting in between flicks or a warm cup of tea at our Steeping Discussion event. We’re encouraging everyone to experience all that the festival has to offer,” says KFF Events Chair Alicia Ashcroft.
All of the events are free to attend, with the exception of the closing night party. Learn more about the events, film times, and ticket sales at www.kamloopsfilmfest.ca.
We can’t wait to enjoy some buttery popcorn and geek out over some films!
(PS. Thank you to Chris Warner and the Kamloops Film Festival for the use of these photographs)