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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Community Calendar

May
16
Tue
Comox Valley Photographic Society Showcase
May 16 @ 10:00 am – Jun 1 @ 4:00 pm

While Spring has been taking its time arriving in the Comox Valley, members of the Comox Valley Photographic Society (CVPS) have been busy creating images for their upcoming Spring Showcase, which runs from May 16th through June 1st at the Pearl Ellis Gallery of Fine Arts in Comox.

Over 50 prints will be on display, showcasing the work of 21 CVPS members. Visitors can expect to see powerful colour and black and white images that cover subjects ranging from landscapes, to wildlife, cityscapes, portraits and abstracts. The display is an eclectic collection that will be sure to impress visitors to the Gallery.

Many of the images were taken on local club field trips, but others were shot across Canada and as far away as Africa and South America. “This Showcase may well be the best yet,” said CVPS President Kerry Dawson. “Each year the talent on display just gets better and better.”

With over 110 members, the CVPS has photographers of all skill levels who meet twice a month at the Little Red Church in Comox. The CVPS Education meeting night, as well as the Competition nights, encourage members to reach beyond their comfort zone, and to learn and grow as photographers.

A reception for the show will be held Saturday, May 27 from 1-4 pm at the Gallery. Everyone is welcome to attend to meet the photographers, enjoy light refreshments and view the fine display of local talent. Learn how the images were created, what advice the photographers may have, and how their photographic skills have evolved. Artists will be available throughout the show to answer questions.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, and 1-4 pm on Sunday. It is closed Mondays. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
The Gallery is at 1729 Comox Ave. in Comox. Tour the virtual gallery at www.pearlellisgallery.com.

For more information about the Photographic Society, visit the CVPS website at www.cvps.ca

May
25
Thu
WELCOMING COMMUNITIES COALITION PROJECT FORUM 3 – Learnig the Basics of Google Suite & sharing calendars
May 25 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
WELCOMING COMMUNITIES COALITION PROJECT FORUM 3 - Learnig the Basics of Google Suite & sharing calendars

This third and final forum in the series will focus on learning the basics of Google Suite and specifically using/sharing calendars, with facilitator Pieter Vorster, owner of Pod Creative, on Thursday, May 25 from 4:15-6:15pm @ The Tyee Hall, North Island College*

*5:15-6:15pm Optional question period & networking opportunity

TO JOIN THESE FORUMS, PLEASE CONTACT JORGINA LITTLE AT JORGINA.LITTLE@IMMIGRANTWELCOME.CA OR (250) 830-0171.

Please note that Jorgina is currently on personal leave. In her absence, please contact:
Margot Brunt
Interim L.I.P.S. Coordinator
Immigrant Welcome Centre Campbell River Office
A114-740 Robron Road, Campbell River, BC, V9W 6J7
Tel: 250-830-0171 Fax: 250-830-1010
margot.brunt@immigrantwelcome.ca

Aimed at raising awareness of the work being done mobilizing local actors in support of set goals, and report on the accomplishments of the community, this forums will serve to help staff and volunteers understand the value of online tools when it comes to spreading information, collaboration, and gaining support.

May
26
Fri
Evergreen Club Friday Night Dance @ Rotary Hall at Courtenay Recreation’s Filberg Centre
May 26 @ 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 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.

MAY
5….RIES VINK
12….CROSSTOWN EXPRESS
19… AMIGOS
26… DAN HUGHES BAND

Lush Valley Benefit Concert @ Roys Towne Pub
May 26 @ 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Free Cover

All Ages

Come on out to Roys Town Pub for a LUSH Valley fundraiser concert! Amazing food and drinks. Music by Strange Creatures and Kai Voltage. Art Sale by local talent, Anna Hemmerich. Donation jar and raffle prizes!

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May
27
Sat
CVPS Showcase Reception
May 27 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A reception for the show will be held Saturday, May 27 from 1-4 pm at the Gallery. Everyone is welcome to attend to meet the photographers, enjoy light refreshments and view the fine display of local talent. Learn how the images were created, what advice the photographers may have, and how their photographic skills have evolved. Artists will be available throughout the show to answer questions.

Amnesty in Action @ Comox Library
May 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

“Write a letter, save a life.”

CV Amnesty International Action Circle invites community members to join local Amnesty International members to write a letter and to celebrate the 56th Birthday of Amnesty International (founded May 28, 1961).

Since June 1 is International children’s Day our action letters will focus on Amnesty child cases. For more information about the work of Amnesty International go to www.amnesty.ca.

May
28
Sun
Jukebox Saturday Night
May 28 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

The Evergreen Club presents the ‘Best Musical Extravaganza Ever’ featuring all your favorite jukebox hits from the 40’s, 50’s, & 60’s!!! Don’t like staying up late on a Saturday Night? But feel like you are missing out? Well then, this Sunday afternoon event is for you! Everyone Welcome! Come on out and support this fundraiser for the Sonshine Lunch Club, Soup Kitchen. $10Tickets at the Filberg office (250-338-1000) or at the door.

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