Category: Film Festival

World Community Film Series – Silent Land: The Fight for Fair Food

View more info on World Community's website World Community Screens “Silent Land: The Fight for Fair Food” Monday, June 5th – 7 pm at the Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC In Cambodia, more and more fertile land is taken over by large-scale farming industries while farmer families are fighting to keep the ownership of their land in order to maintain local food security. Who has the sustainable answer to feed the ever-growing world population? Silent Land tells the stories behind this conflict. Director Jan van den Berg will be in attendance for a Q&A session. You can view the trailer...

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Music Film Back by Popular Demand!

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (96 min.), from the creators of the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, is being re-screened by World Community at 7 pm on Tuesday, May 16 at the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College.

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World Community Film Series – The Music of Strangers – Tuesday March 21, 7pm, Stan Hagen

Music Film Transcends Borders The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (96 min.), from the creators of the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, is being co-presented by World Community and the Immigrant Welcome Centre at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 21 at the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College. The film event opens with some local live music from Sweet Santa Fe featuring the blended talents of Michel Rivero and Christine Baxter. Rivero and Baxter met and fell in love under the Cuban sun, and soon after began writing music that drew on their...

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Reel Youth Film Festival – Cumberland, Saturday March 4th

On Saturday, March 4 th , the Reel Youth Film Festival, in partnership with the Cumberland Community Schools Society (CCSS) will provide a stage for young filmmakers to showcase their work. The event takes place at 7pm, at Cumberland Community School, Beaufort Gym and is a fundraiser for the CCSS Youth Centre. The Reel Youth Film Festival pulls together an insightful, diverse, compelling and humorous collection of short films from across the globe – all made by youth under 20. Chosen by a youth jury from over 1,300 submissions and 20 countries around the world, this collection will show you the world through the eyes of an incredibly gifted emerging group of filmmakers. Whether it’s a zombie musical, an ode to ageing from Taiwan, a Russian animation on how-to-fit-in, or an over-zealous house painter drama from Denmark, laughing and learning are guaranteed at the Reel Youth Film Festival. Included in this year’s festival are three films submitted by local Comox Valley Youth. Sienna Orbell is an 18 year old from Courtenay, BC. What she loves most about filmmaking is the ability to tell a visual story in a short amount of time. Her film documents the lack of education on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in elementary schools. Kat Craats is a 19-year-old photographer and filmmaker from the Comox Valley. Kat is currently in her second year of a...

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Filmmaker opens World Community Film Festival

Filmmaker Nettie Wild will be joining the World Community Film Festival audience for the screening of her award-winning film Koneline: Our Land Beautiful which opens the 26th World Community Film Festival Friday Feb. 3rd at 7:30 pm in the Sid Williams Theatre. This film, a sensual, cinematic celebration of northwestern BC, and all the dreamers who move across it, is winning awards at festivals across Canada, including “Best Canadian Feature” and “Best Cinematography” awards at the Hot Docs festival in Toronto. “I think there’s a huge loud polarized debate happening right now about sustainable development. And I think there’s a lot...

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Programmer picks for World Community Film Festival

Programmers for the 26th World Community Film Festival have spent hundreds of hours selecting a diverse and dynamic programme that will move and inspire festival-goers. The festival is held in four venues in downtown Courtenay. Here are a few of the programmers’ favourite films from Saturday’s line-up: Long time programmer, Wayne Bradley, comments “in my opinion Angry Inuk is one of the most impactful films in this year’s lineup” (10am Sid Williams Threatre). Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril uses her anger at the injustice flowing from the European boycott of Canadian seal products to illustrate the disparate cultures waging war over the...

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Early Bird Tickets for 26th World Community Film Fest

Give a gift of travel and treat yourself to savings before Dec. 31st with Early Bird passes to the 26th World Community Film Festival to be held Feb. 3 and 4, 2017. Over 30 of the most inspiring documentaries from Canada and abroad cover a myriad of social justice topics. Many of the uplifting and entertaining films have received rave reviews and awards at festivals such as Hot Docs, and Vancouver International Film Festival. Opening night feature, KONELĪNE: Our Land Beautiful, set deep in the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation, is a sensual, cinematic celebration of northwestern...

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Best of the Film Fest

After clocking hundreds of hours watching a variety of documentary films, the programmers for the 25th World Community Film Festival, held Feb. 5 and Feb. 6 in downtown Courtenay, have chosen a diverse and dynamic programme that is bound to provoke and inspire festival goers. Here are a few favourite picks from Saturday’s film line-up: A favourite film by programmer, Ardith Chambers, is Academy Award nominee, Facing Fear – the story of a neo-Nazi Texan skinhead who nearly killed a gay man. 26 years later the two meet and go through a forgiveness process and eventually form a strong...

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Give the gift of film

An opportunity to travel the world and experience first-hand the challenges, triumphs and hopes of others living in the global village awaits you! Tickets are now on sale for the 25th World Community Film Festival held Friday and Saturday, February 5 & 6 in downtown Courtenay. Deemed ‘the longest running social issues filmfest in BC’, the film festival hosts over 25 of the finest documentaries from around the world exploring themes such as food security, environmental issues, social justice and human rights, labour issues, art and music.  These films are guaranteed to entertain, inform, and inspire you. From Friday’s...

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Book your table at the Film Festival Bazaar now!

Dear Friends, I am writing to invite you to once again have a table at the Annual World Community Film Festival Bazaar, to be held on Saturday February 6th, 2016 at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay. The Bazaar is a great way to inform the hundreds of Film Festival attendees about issues, your organization or your business. To offset the costs of the event we are charging a small fee of $10 for a non –profit group for an 8 foot table and $5 if you are sharing a table. If you are a business that is making sales,...

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Aug
15
Tue

“And Now for Something…” by Deborah Wachter

Aug 15 – Sep 2 all day

Campbell River artist Deborah Wachter’s work is more about the act of painting rather than the image. Her work is created by juxtaposition and using elements of composition and design to bring a piece to completion, sometimes using subtraction of elements to bring focus. Deborah earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Victoria with painting as her major area of study. After university Deborah sat as a board member of the Kelowna Art Centre Society assisting in the development of the Rotary Centre for The Arts in Kelowna BC. As part of the building committee she worked with city planners to establish a venue for artists to create and showcase their work.

Deborah took a hiatus from painting after university, instead using photography to focus her visual knowledge. She has now combined her love of painting, together with her enhanced vision to create a body of work which feels familiar, with a touch of surrealism and irony thrown in. Working in her home studio it often takes many months to complete a piece as they need to evolve through time. Her work is influenced by artists such as Rene Magritte, Alex Coleville, Edward Hopper and many others who have come before, as well as her own life experience.

Recently Deborah has had a piece selected as part of the juried show “Salt Spring National Art Prize 2017”. Her work was selected from 2160 entries from across Canada to be part of a group of 51 artists whose works will be displayed. The show runs from sept 22 to oct 22 at the Mahon Hall on Salt Spring Island.

Deborah’s current work will be on display at the Pearl Ellis Gallery in Comox, BC from August 15, 2017 to September 2, 2017. There will be a reception on Saturday August 19, 2017 at the gallery from 1-4 pm. Please come by to meet the artist and see her show titled “And Now for Something…”

Aug
18
Fri

Evergreen Club Friday Night Dance

Aug 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Evergreen Club is a 55+ active social hub! Grab your friends & neighbours and come on out for a night of fun dancing. Enjoy the live music in the lower Rotary Hall at Courtenay Recreation’s Filberg Centre! $7.00 members, $9.00 non-members at the door. Dancing is from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. With a break at 9pm. FMI call the Filberg Office at 250-338-1000.

AUGUST
4…. CROSSTOWN EXPRESS
11…. AMIGOS
18… DOUBLE PLAY
25… DAN HUGHES BAND

Aug
24
Thu

Ashley MacIsaac LIVE! IN FILBERG PARK

Aug 24 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Gate 6:30/Show 7:30

Tickets are currently available online via Filberg.com or our FaceBook page @LIVEinFilbergPark

Aug
25
Fri

Evergreen Club Friday Night Dance

Aug 25 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Evergreen Club is a 55+ active social hub! Grab your friends & neighbours and come on out for a night of fun dancing. Enjoy the live music in the lower Rotary Hall at Courtenay Recreation’s Filberg Centre! $7.00 members, $9.00 non-members at the door. Dancing is from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. With a break at 9pm. FMI call the Filberg Office at 250-338-1000.

AUGUST
4…. CROSSTOWN EXPRESS
11…. AMIGOS
18… DOUBLE PLAY
25… DAN HUGHES BAND

Aug
28
Mon

Mens Singing Workshop

Aug 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Do you like to sing in the shower? You’re the tops at karaoke? Want to sing but not sure what to do? Sing now, but would like to figure out what this harmony singing is all about? Like a safe place to try out your voice?

Why not take in this free (yes, free) 1 ½ hour workshop and have a try at singing with a group of men? Starting at 7:00 p.m., running for 1 ½ hours, we’ll finish at 8:30 p.m. and can then return to our families or take a swift pint at a local pub!

We will learn some harmony songs that we can sing together. There will be no music to read, you do not have to have sung in a group before. The event is open to men of all ages, and prior choral singing experience is not required.

The session is sponsored by Celebration Singers and will be led by Jenn Forsland, well-known local performer and choir director in the Comox Valley. She will be aided and abetted by Sean Mooney, the go-to piano accompanist in the Valley. There are some basics to learn, if you haven’t done singing before, and we will start with those. Very quickly the group will be singing together in harmony.

Group singing is on the rise in the Comox Valley, with a wide variety of choirs to choose from. The Celebration Singers are sponsoring this workshop in the hopes that the experience will encourage some men to think about joining our male singers in the tenor and bass sections of the choir. But there is no obligation, this workshop is all about having fun, singing together and learning in this one-time workshop environment.

Sep
9
Sat

Project Watershed’s Second Annual Salmon BBQ

Sep 9 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Project Watershed Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at 40 KNOTS Vineyard & Estate Winery for the second annual salmon BBQ.  

Starting at 4pm, this wonderful event features  Cory Frank’s Catering of a salmon BBQ, a tasting from 40 Knots Winery and some sampling of locally brewed beers.

TICKET PRICES:
To August 15 – $55.00
After August 15 – $65.00

Contact Project Watrshed via email at info@projectwatershed.ca to reserve your tickets.

Sep
12
Tue

Strathcona Wilderness Institute Nature Camp @ Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Centre

Sep 12 – Sep 15 all day

Strathcona Wilderness Institute Nature Camp 2017

September 12th to 15th

SWI announces its annual fundraising “Nature Camp”, being held this year at Paradise Meadows/Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Centre from September 12th to 15th. This SWI retreat event features two full-day field trips (on the Wednesday and Thursday) and three evening presentations, plus the possibility of additional half day walks from the
Paradise Meadows Trailhead on the Tuesday and Thursday.

Full day Field trips will visit a) Croteau Lake and b) McKenzie Lakes & Meadows. Pace will be slow, stopping to observe plant and animal life en route. On the field trips there will be instruction in Basic Mushroom Identification. Evening Presentations include the History of the Park and SWI (Marlene and Steve Smith), First Nations Foodways (Sharon Niscak) Subalpine Ecology (Loys Maingon) and the Vancouver Island Marmot ( Adam Taylor/ Cheney Jackson).

The Strathcona Wilderness Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire awareness, appreciation and stewardship of the natural world through education and participation. The Institute works through a cooperative agreement with BC Parks at two locations in Strathcona Park – the Wilderness Centre at Paradise Meadows and the Buttle Lake Information Hut – offering a range of programmes and publications for visitors to the Park. All activities are conducted by volunteers, with some help from students employed through the Canada Summer Jobs for Students programme, so this Nature Camp is intended as a Fundraiser to support SWI’s programmes and the operation of the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre.

The Registration form is downloadable from our Website: http://strathconapark.org/nature-camp-2017/

Please note that the Deadline for Registration is August 28th 2017.

For more information, contact Alison:
strathconawilderness@gmail.com or 250-331-0143.

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