The 21st Annual Kamloops Film Festival returns bigger and better than ever, offering more comedies, more Canadian films and more fantastic events! The ten-day festival takes place in downtown Kamloops at the Paramount Theatre (503 Victoria Street), with events featured at our Partner Hotel, Hotel 540, and other venues in the downtown core. The KFF would not be possible without the tireless efforts of the KFF Committee. They are a committed team of film lovers who want to bring the best films, events, and industry guests to Kamloops audiences. Meet them below.
The KFF Committee
Alicia has a B.A in English Literature and Theatre Studies from Thompson Rivers University, where she is now Writer & Storyteller for the Faculty of Student Development. Alicia is a freelance writer for The Echo and Sun Peaks Independent News, and also writes the humour blog “Pin Up Picks Pen Up”, which has been read in over 90 countries. Alicia is involved with performance whenever possible. This is her fourth year with the Kamloops Film Festival; it is certifiably her favourite time of year. She appreciates a well-crafted film above most things in life—alongside travel, laughter, good friends, CBC 2, the company of two bears and a tasty tall latte.
This is Andrew’s third year with KFF and second year as Chair of Finance. He first discovered his love for movies, film and theatre while in high school where he got to test his chops as an actor. Andrew currently works as a Senior Accountant for KPMG and gives added insight to KFF’s financial matters. In his spare time, Andrew loves to golf with his wife Jennifer, spend time with friends and go for hikes with his dog Winnie.
Subcommittee: Volunteers (Co-Chair)
Cathy has been enjoying retirement for 12 years. She and husband Phil have been fortunate to indulge their passion for travel, visiting countries near and far. After a few years as a volunteer with the Kamloops Film Society and then the Film Festival, she wanted to become more involved. At the invitation of Dušan and Rheannon, and with the encouragement of Sharon, she did……and loved it immediately. After all, what’s not to love about movies? The characters, the plots, the scenery, the costumes; Cathy has especially grown to appreciate cinematography which, to her, can make or break a movie. When not attending the screenings of fantastic films, Cathy enjoys reading, NYT crosswords, card making, sewing, gardening, volunteering, socializing with friends and being a part of the Kamloops Choristers.
This is Chantal’s first year with the Kamloops Film Festival. She is a student at Thompson Rivers University, she has completed her Events & Conventions Management Diploma, continuing on to get her Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Marketing. Chantal has been a part of many events in Kamloops, volunteering, planning, or working with them in any capacity including Professional Conventions Management Association (PCMA) club at TRU, being the Co-Coordinator for the Mosaic Fashion Show, and being the Special Events Manager for the Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association.
This is Christine’s fourth year with the Kamloops Film Festival. Christine is a Content Specialist at TRU, where she has worked for the last 10 years in various student recruitment, marketing and communication roles. She is also a graduate of TRU and chair of the TRU Alumni Association. Her passion for learning, culture, storytelling and strategic communication led her to earn a master’s degree in intercultural communication. Christine enjoys being active in the community, and loves to appreciate the art of storytelling through film, which is why she volunteered for the KFF!
Born and raised in Kamloops and educated at TRU, Cory developed a passion for film early on. Conveying a message, changing culture, or educating are all accomplished through film and media. This and the experience that comes from sharing a film with someone, brought Cory to the film committee for his second year. He was involved in the Kamloops restaurant industry for many years, but is currently living in San Francisco.
David is a fan of all things entertainment, and film is no exception. David is a consultant, and a fourth year Tourism Management student. This is his third year with the Film Festival; he joined to be a part of a valuable community facet.
Although she remembers attending the first Kamloops Film Festival twenty-one years ago, this is Dianne’s first year volunteering for the festival.
This is Derek’s first year on the KFF committee, and he is thrilled to contribute to what he has always believed to be a really well-run event. He has attended the festival every year. He is a proud supporter of arts and culture in Kamloops, and has worked with several local theatre companies as an actor, director and producer.
Subcommittees: Sponsorship and KISS
Doug Andrews is a goldsmith and business owner in downtown Kamloops. Karateristics jewellery and design is a European rated studio with a unique retail. Community means a lot to Doug as it is important to the healthy lifestyle and family we enjoy.
Dušan graduated from Westsyde Secondary, attended TRU and Plymouth State University, and now works at the former. He originally became involved with the film festival when committee members were recruiting for people with marketing expertise. Three years ago, he took over as the Kamloops Film Festival Chair and he could not be more thrilled to be leading this passionate team once again. The 21st Festival marks the beginning of a new and exciting decade of growth and evolution so come out and see what we have in store. Dušan is a lifelong film lover who likes every genre of film, from dramas to comedies to dramedies. Even before he was a part of the KFF, Dušan had attended every film at the festival, so you know he’s committed! (Small shout out to his very cute girlfriend Skylar here).
This is Erin’s third year volunteering for the Kamloops Film Festival. Erin is an Early Childhood Educator and operates Seed To Apple Tree Learning Center, a Preschool/Daycare for children ages 1 to 5 years old. Erin grew up in Kamloops and has attended the Kamloops Film Fest for many years. She has a strong interest in films and is excited to be involved in the events committee for the festival.
Subcommittees: Film Programming, Ticketing & Theatre Relations (Co-Chair) and KISS (Co-Chair)
Heather is currently a TRU student in her last year of the interdisciplinary studies degree. Her focus in on urban studies, community development and event tourism. Her hobbies include travel, snowboarding, downhill biking, film festivals and music festivals. This is her third year with KFF and she joined because she wanted to be more involved with the Kamloops arts community and has enjoyed KFF.
Subcommittees: Secretary and Volunteers
Janet moved back to Kamloops after living in the Lower Mainland and now works at TRU. With her children all grown up, Janet wanted to get involved in the community. She loves movies because they are a way to escape and experience different people, places and situations. With this in mind, Janet joined the Kamloops Film Festival Committee.
This is Jenna’s first year volunteering for the Kamloops Film Festival after being recruited by Dušan. Jenna works from home for a Toronto based research company, and given her love of film and lack of face to face conversations, she looks forward to getting involved and being a part of the community!
Subcommittees: KISS (Chair) and Marketing
Jon is the current chair of the Kamloops Film Series. Born and raised in Kamloops he completed his BFA in Film from SFU and then returned to Kamloops to raise his two children. He currently works at TRU Open Learning creating visual media content for the distance courses. In 1994 he volunteered for the Moving Pictures Travelling Film Festival when it came to Kamloops prior to the creation of the KFF. Absolutely fell in love with watching films in a full size theatre.
Josh Sunderman is absolutely ecstatic about helping out with the Film Festival this year. Josh has been going to the film festival and attending film series screenings since he was a budding 15-year-old cinephile, and finds it very fitting that he gets to work with the very people that helped make him the film lover that he is today. Josh is currently enrolled in the Arts program at TRU, with a major in theatre, and hopes to be graduating in the spring.
Subcommittees: Events and Sponsorship
Katrina’s passion for giving back to the community and from viewing the fabulous films at the Festivals throughout the years is what encouraged her to volunteer for the Kamloops Film Festival. She is a mother of three young adults and has been a licensed Realtor for the past 18 years, as well as the co-owner of River City Realty with her husband Vince. In her spare time, she is an active participant in triathlons, and other running and biking events.
Subcommittees: Volunteers (Co-Chair), KISS and Film Programming, Ticketing & Theatre Relations
Kevin worked at the Cineplex Odeon for nearly 22 years. He has taken a variety of accounting courses at Cariboo College (now TRU). Kevin is currently single, and enjoys the company of his two brothers, a sister and several nephews, nieces (and great nephews!). He collects hockey cards and memorabilia for the Beatles and the Monkees. Kevin has been a member of the KFF Committee for twelve years. He joined for the love of people and movies; to be able to escape from the real world for a couple of hours, no matter the topic and to learn about different things, which is his favourite part of the cinematic experience.
This is Laurie’s third year with the Kamloops Film Festival. She works as the Marketing and Communications Director of ICEF and spends her days working with marketing professionals managing digital campaigns. Laurie has a MA in Intercultural and International Communication and is implementing cross-cultural web design techniques in all of her current projects (including this one). Laurie is a huge proponent of the arts and is thrilled to be contributing to the thriving Kamloops arts community. She loves movies in all genres and when she isn’t watching one, or in front of a computer, she is likely playing outside either mountain biking, skiing or kayaking.
This is Madyson’s second year helping out with the Film Festival. She got onboard to spend more time with her mom, Katrina. She is a Bachelor of Tourism Management graduate at TRU with a concentration in Events & Convention Management as well as Resort Experience.
This is Matt’s first year on the Festival’s organizing committee, though he’s volunteered with the Film Society in a variety of supporting roles for over a decade. He works at the North Shore office of ASK Wellness, and has also been a proud volunteer for the local St. John Ambulance brigade since 2008, as well as a variety of other local non-profits such as the BCSEA and Community Kitchens.
This is Nick’s first active year with the Kamloops Film Festival, but he has watched the inner workings of it for years as an employee of the Paramount Theatre. He has seen the impact that this festival has as an integral piece of the local arts community and is very excited to be a part of it now, and hopes this can transition him into being a more contributing member of the arts scene. Nick looks forward to a continued relationship with the Kamloops Film Society, giving people the opportunity to expose themselves to films and genres that they otherwise might not get the chance to see.
This is Sam’s first year with the Kamloops Film Festival. He studied Broadcast Journalism at BCIT and has worked as a video journalist and producer with Shaw TV Kamloops for the past five years. Through his job, Sam has helped countless community organizations tell their stories and is looking forward to being involved with the festival behind the scenes.
Originally from Ontario, Tammy moved to Kamloops a few years ago with her husband, Tyler. They are both optometrists and met at school back east. They are happy to have added an addition of their son in 2016, (and hope he loves movies too one day!). She has always loved movies so the Kamloops Film Festival has been the perfect way to become part of the Kamloops Community. It is hard to pin down exactly why she loves movies so much; perhaps it has to do with all the amazing ways there are to tell a story (but a little escapism doesn’t hurt either)!
This is Tanya’s third year on the film committee and she is loving every minute of it. Tanya has lived in Kamloops for 19 years and has worked in the insurance industry for 23 years. Her interests have expanded since moving to Kamloops, including finding a love of running, biking, theatre and volunteerism, not to mention Film Fest and Film Society. She and her husband Geoff are looking forward to this years line up.