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When Wildsight Invermere first organized the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in 2014, its mission was simple. 

As the Columbia Valley’s long-standing, environmental non-profit group, it wanted to inspire community engagement and a connection to nature through a night of documentary films. 

Now in its 10th year, the festival is still a call to action, a celebration, and Wildsight Invermere’s annual fundraiser. It’s taking place on November 18 at the Columbia Valley Centre. Tickets go on sale on October 13. As an early bird perk, the first 50 ticket buyers will be entered into a special draw for a gift basket from the Trading Post. Tickets are $25 for members, $30 for non-members, and $10 for youth age 15 and under.

Doors open at 5 p.m., with the films films starting at 6:30 p.m.

The evening program features 10 films that span the globe—from Baffin Island to Brazil and beyond — with stories of epic adventures and passionate people committed to community activism and environmental conservation. This will be Invermere’s first film festival to feature the CV Centre’s brand new 36-foot screen and high-resolution projector that will “wow” the audience. As usual, a cash bar, pizza, popcorn, and other goodies will be on offer. 

As part of the fundraiser, an online auction goes live on November 4 with coveted items like two-night stays at the Jumbo Hut and Radius Retreat.

“By bringing our community together with a fun evening, good conversation, and a shared purpose, we strengthen our connection to each other and to this place we call home,” said Baiba Morrow, the festival’s director and Wildsight Invermere’s past president. “And what is our home? It’s a sanctuary for wildlife, internationally significant wetlands, sensitive grasslands, the source of the mighty Columbia River, and two mountain ranges that cradle our water towers. Everyone has the power to protect our natural world and ensure our global well-being. This is what the festival is all about. Passion to action!”

Check out wildsight.ca/events/2023wsff-invermere/ for more information and tickets. Or call 250-409-5708.