Cam Gillies keeps audience in suspense as to who the raffle grand prize winner was at the end of Wildsight’s 3rd annual “Wild and Scenic Film Festival.” Photo submitted

Wild and Scenic Film Festival inspires adventure

The 4th Annual Wild and Scenic Film festival to be shown at the Columbia Valley Centre

The 4th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival is slated to arrive in Invermere to delight film buffs and festival enthusiasts. This highly anticipated event will inspire guests with stories honouring the spirit of adventure while telling the tales of individuals dedicated to making positive change in the world.

“As part of a world tour that plays in over 150 cities in North America, Wildsight chooses its own unique program,” said Wildsight Invermere Chair Baiba Morrow.

Thirteen films from across the globe are on the lineup this year, making for a diverse and culturally significant viewing experience. The selection of films ranges from places like Iran, Bangladesh, Ecuador, Nepal, Patagonia, Texas, Alaska and Alberta.

Each film covers a topic specific to that region, whether it be mountain climbing and skiing, land conservation “living forests,” agriculture and fair trade practices, climate change, saving salmon and celebrating Indigenous culture.

“We have a different mandate. It’s not just about watching great films, it’s about creating change on many levels and engaging the audience,” said Ms. Morrow, who hopes to attract people from all over to enjoy what has become a successful attraction in the Valley.

“We’ve had a great response from people so far and the festival is usually sold out, but this year we will be able to accommodate more people,” she said.

The festival will be held at the Columbia Valley Centre and promises to be bigger and better than ever. Celebrating films and fundraising for Wildsight Invermere are two worthy endeavours that go hand in hand, with the festival acting as the organization’s annual fundraiser.

As part of the cinematic experience a host of delicious treats will be available to guests including popcorn, pizza, a cash bar, door prizes and a silent auction. To top it all off the evening will be filled with mountain people, enjoying the mountain culture, while carefully nestled at a great venue in the heart of the East Kootenays.

The grand adventure will be happening on Saturday, November 25th at the Columbia Valley Centre. Tickets are for sale at Circle Health Food or online at http://wildsight.ca/events/wsff-invermere; they are priced as follows: General admission $25, Wildsight Members $20 and Youth (18 & Under) $10. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the first film starts at 6 p.m.

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