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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Pearl Ellis Gallery: Landscapes & Other Things 2
Jun 6 – Jun 24 all day

The Pearl Ellis Gallery in Comox will be displaying a new show on June 6th entitled “Landscapes and Other Things – 2”. The show not only has oil and acrylic paintings of landscapes, but also includes elements from the fishing aspect of life on the West Coast.

It will showcase works by Lorna Welch, who has resided in Zeballos on the West Coast of the Island with her husband Larry for over 20 years, and David Netterville, who retired with his partner Louise to the Comox Valley from Europe about 10 years ago.

Many of Lorna Welch’s paintings depict the historical settings around the picturesque village of Zeballos, which was first populated in the early 1930s when gold was discovered in the surrounding hills. Logging came to the Zeballos area in the early 1950s and an iron mine operated for a while after being opened in 1962. It was logging along with the budding tourism industry, however that offered the most jobs and hope for the future. In addition to capturing the rustic energy of the early buildings, Lorna has also painted works of wildlife on paddles and fishing floats.

David spent many holidays in the Zeballos area and around Vancouver Island for nearly 30 years while living overseas before retiring to the Comox Valley in 2008. Since locating to the Island he has taken up painting and says that he still struggles to find a style and learn more about composition. While working primarily with oil paints and doing landscapes from photographs, with the occasional sojourn into painting with his eyes closed, he considers painting sessions to be therapeutic.

The art show and sale will be from Tuesday, June 6 until Sunday, June 24. The Pearl Ellis Gallery is located at 1729 Comox Avenue in Comox and the show is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A reception will be
held at the Gallery on Saturday, June 10 between 1 and 4 pm when it will be possible to meet both of the artists and discuss their work.

Miners’ Memorial Weekend
Jun 21 – Jun 24 all day

Miners’ Memorial Weekend welcomes hundreds from across the west coast for a weekend filled with passionate exchange and respectful remembrance in the Village of Cumberland, June 21 – 24. This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the event.

The week kicks off with a film double header presented by the Cumberland branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library, 5:30 – 7:30pm on Wednesday, June 21. Learn about the rise and fall of the Dunsmuir family and the legacy of Hatley Park in ‘Whatever the cost: Hatley Park and the Dunsmuirs’, and the life and death of labour activist Ginger Goodwin with contemporary conversations in ‘Goodwin’s Way’. These two documentaries highlight the stark difference between the opulent wealth of the Dunsmuir family, and the atrocious working conditions of the Dunsmuir mines in Cumberland which led to labour unrest in the area.

On Thursday, June 22, the Cumberland Museum and Archives is pleased to present author, activist, and stand-up comedian Charles Demers at the Cumberland Cultural Centre. Demers has performed for national television and radio audiences, and at the Just for Laughs Festival. He is one of the most frequently returning stars of CBC Radio’s smash-hit comedy show The Debaters. Local poets Shayne avec i grec and Comox Valley Poet Laureate Natalie Nickerson open the show at 7:30pm.

The Songs of the Workers is Miners Memorial Weekend’s Friday night tradition. This classic pub night welcomes local and visiting musicians to share songs and poems in the working class tradition from past to present. Locally brewed beer, pizza, and fantastic company in the OAP Hall starting at 7pm.

Saturday morning’s pancake breakfast from 9-11am at the C.R.I. is by donation, and welcome to all. Following breakfast, join Karver Everson, K’omoks and Kwakwaka’wakw artist, and Keisha Everson, teacher and member of the K’omoks First Nation, as they present on the history of the region. At 1pm the graveside ceremony begins at the Cumberland cemetery where tributes are shared and flowers are laid at the grave of Ginger Goodwin and the many Cumberland fallen miners. From there, the ceremony moves to the Japanese cemetery for the laying of roses and a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the uprooting of Cumberland’s Japanese-Canadian communities. Saturday concludes with a community supper at the Cultural Centre including guest speakers, music, food and drink.

Most events are free, or by donation, with proceeds supporting exhibits and programs at the Cumberland Museum and Archives. Find the full schedule plus tickets for the Charles Demers show and Community Supper at

FMI: 250-336-2445

Miners Memorial – Comedian Charles Demers
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Miners Memorial – ‘Songs of the Workers’ open mic
Jun 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘Songs of the Workers’ open mic cabaret style entertainment – by donation

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Miners Memorial – Pancake Breakfast
Jun 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

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Miners Memorial – K’omoks First Nation workshop with Karver and Keisha Everson
Jun 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

K’omoks First Nation workshop with Karver and Keisha Everson.

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Miners Memorial Day graveside vigil @ Cumberland Cemetery
Jun 24 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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