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6pm RED CARPET

Thursday, March 7 at 6pm

RED CARPET
Thursday, March 7 at 6pm
Outside the Paramount Theatre (503 Victoria St.)

Everyone gets their moment in the spotlight on the official Kamloops Film Festival Red Carpet. Bring friends and family, or strike a solo pose, in front of the KFF backdrop. Immortalization on social media awaits! KFF on Flickr

9pm OPENING MINGLE

Thursday, March 7 at 9pm

OPENING MINGLE
Thursday, March 7 at 9pm
Forno on 5th (120 5th Avenue)

After the Opening Night Q&A, head straight to this nearby whiskey bar for some warm, atmospheric upscale elegance. Enjoy a tasting, order a signature cocktail, and settle in for the evening. The kitchen will be open so feel free to order a post-movie meal if you need more than just a nibble.

9pm Q&A – THIS MOUNTAIN LIFE

Thursday, March 7 at 9pm

Q&A - THIS MOUNTAIN LIFE
Thursday, March 7 at 9pm
Paramount Theatre

Tania Halik, the mother of the mother/ daughter duo that are the subjects of this film will be in attendance for a Q&A along with friend of the festival, Rudy Buttignol, CEO of Knowledge, who were sponsors of the film. Find out from the source how cold things really got.

Tania Halik Biography
Born in the Czech Republic in 1956 and growing up under the Russian communist occupation Tania found respite from the oppression in the outdoors; rock climbing iconic Czech sandstone towers, competing at the national level nordic skiing, trail running and kayaking. She dreamed of joining what was then Czechoslovakia’s Mountain Rescue Service the Horska Sluzba. She was unfortunately a couple decades ahead of her time as they refused to accept women into the service at that time. Together with her husband, while two months pregnant, they hatched a daring escape by foot from behind the Russian communist controlled Iron Curtain. Their plan worked, (although the hair raising adversity they encountered along the way is a story in itself), and they were able to start a new and unoppressed life and family in the free democratic country of Switzerland. Two years later they came to British Columbia and never looked back. Now after 28 years in Canada; after years ski patrolling, avalanche forecasting, and paramedic work, training 3 avalanche rescue dogs and raising two daughters, she is ready for her biggest challenge yet. A lifetime of skiing, canoeing, mountaineering, rock climbing, mountain biking and all-round adventuring in the mountains has worked to steer her to this first step across the Coast Mountains.

Rudy Buttignol Biography

Rudy Buttignol is the President and CEO of British Columbia’s Knowledge Network Corporation, and President of BBC Kids, a national channel operated as a joint venture with BBC Worldwide.

Buttignol was born in Pordenone Italy, and immigrated to Canada at the age of four via Pier 21 in Halifax. Buttignol attended York University in the Faculty of Fine Arts. Throughout his forty year career, he has been an independent producer, director, writer and editor of documentary and children’s programs, commissioning editor, television programmer, and broadcast executive. Known as the “Canadian broadcasting and documentary guru” and “friend of the auteur in Canada and abroad”, Buttignol has been an active participant in the development of Canadian cultural policy, as well as the advancement of the funding and broadcasting of documentary film.

5:30pm FEATURED NON-PROFIT (VOLUNTEER KAMLOOPS)

Friday, March 8 at 5:30pm

FEATURED NON-PROFIT – VOLUNTEER KAMLOOPS
Friday, March 8 before Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
Paramount Theatre

Back again this year; our Featured Non-Profit events will shine the light on worthy organizations in our community. March 8 Volunteer Kamloops will be in attendance to share information and bring awareness to their important organization and the work they do.

The Kamloops Community Volunteer Services Society, operating as Volunteer Kamloops, is committed to the concept that volunteerism improves the quality of life in the community and, therefore, supports and strengthens volunteerism through promotion, recruitment, education, orientation, and referral services for volunteers and organizations in our community and surrounding areas.

Since 1985, Volunteer Kamloops has recruited and refereed volunteers to our members who could be a non-profit organization or anyone taking on a volunteer project in the community.

We currently provide three main programs. The Link Program, Focus Program, and Snow Angels Program. The Link Program works with community organisations and individuals looking to volunteer. The Focus Program helps link or integrates mental health consumers with community organizations in a way that promotes their involvement and enhances community awareness about various mental health issues. The Snow Angels Program gears up every November to help seniors and individuals with mobility challenges by removing snow from their driveways and sidewalks. Each year, Snow Angels volunteers assist over 100 seniors and individuals with mobility challenges in Kamloops with snow removal services.

8pm WINEING DISCUSSION

Friday, March 8 at 8pm

WINEING DISCUSSION
Friday, March 8 at 8pm
Tumbleweed Lounge

After the globally significant and award-winning Canadian feature Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, join the discussion at the Tumbleweed Lounge in The Plaza Hotel. Enjoy a glass of wine and some cheese, which discussing the themes in the film with other KFF attendees.

10am FAMILY PARTY

Saturday, March 9 at 10am

FAMILY PARTY
Saturday, March 9 at 10am
Kamloops Art Gallery & the TNRD Library (465 Victoria Street)

Before you sing your heart out at the Disney Frozen Sing-Along megahit, join us across the street for some FREE interactive fun. Make a creative craft, read a storybook, and spend time with your favourite characters courtesy of Kamloops Princess Parties. Refreshments will be provided by David's Tea. This event will be fun for all ages!

11:30am FILM FOR A CAUSE(STARFISH BACKPACK PROGRAM)

Saturday, March 9 at 11:30am

FILM FOR A CAUSE – STARFISH BACKPACK PROGRAM
Saturday, March 9 before Frozen Sing-Along
Paramount Theatre

The Starfish Pack Backpack Program is an important initiative in our community and we encourage our patrons to bring listed items to the theatre before our screening of Frozen Sing-Along so we make sure that all children in Kamloops are fed. Representatives from Feeding the Future will be on hand to collect your donations and to speak to their impactful activities. See more about program here.

NEEDED ITEMS:
• Canned soup
• Canned pasta
• Canned tuna
• Macaroni & Cheese
• Cash donations are always appreciated

“Feeding the Future” was created to fill the gaps for local kids in need of food in Kamloops, both over the weekends during the school year and through the summer months. This unique initiative is a partnership between the Kamloops Food Bank, United Way and School District #73 that includes the Starfish Backpack program, school snacks, summer food for various programming, and also food programs in rural communities throughout the district.

Thanks to “Feeding the Future” and a group of dedicated volunteers, 122 kids receive a backpack full of food before the start of each weekend. Throughout the 2017/2018 school year a total of 4,880 backpacks were filled and distributed to local kids in need. The program has grown exponentially from 10 pilot packs the first year that the late Christopher Seguin brought the initiative to Kamloops.

4:30pm FEATURED NON-PROFIT (Food Policy Council)

Saturday, March 9 at 4:30pm

FEATURED NON-PROFIT – FOOD POLICY COUNCIL
Saturday, March 9 before Edge of the Knife
Paramount Theatre

The Kamloops Food Policy council will be in the lobby before our screening of Edge of the Knife. The themes of hunger in the film align with the work this council does so it’s appropriate that they’ll be able to let our audience know about their far reaching initiatives.

The Kamloops Food Policy Council is an organization that aims to grow a regenerative food system in Kamloops by building community capacity through programs, partnerships, and policy. Our flagship program is the Gleaning Abundance Program (GAP), where we harvest excess fruit from local trees and distribute it to volunteers, social service agencies, and the tree-owner. Building on the energy of our GAP volunteers, we also now offer food-skill building workshops and host a seed library. We foster partnerships at our monthly networking potluck, where individuals and other organizations involved in the food system gather to learn and share. Finally, we aim to influence policy by initiating discussions between local government and community partners on implementing key goals related to food, and hosting events like Nourish, which is a one-day forum for the community to consider how to address the root causes of household food insecurity. Find out more about KFPC here.

8pm Q&A – FINDING BIG COUNTRY

Saturday, March 9 at 8pm

Q&A - FINDING BIG COUNTRY
Saturday, March 9 at 8pm
Paramount Theatre

The woman with many hats; Director, Writer, Executive Producer and subject, Kat Jayme, along with Producer, Michael Tanko Grand, will join us for a Q&A post film. We’ll get to ask her directly what she REALLY thinks of Big Country.

Kat Jayme
Kathleen Jayme is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC, who is passionate about telling meaningful and personal stories. Her latest project “Finding Big Country” has been a resounding success and has energized sports fans both in Vancouver and across North America. It was the winner of the Vancouver International Film Festivals (VIFF) prestigious Audience Choice Award as well as the Must see BC award as voted by the VIFF audience.

She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Film Production Program and also worked at the National Film Board of Canada where she coordinated and oversaw over thirty documentaries, animations, and digital projects through all stages of production. She is a fellow of the 2016 Inspirit Foundation’s Story Money Impact program, the 2017 Hot Docs Documentary Channel Doc Accelerator program, and the 2017 Telus Storyhive Banff World Media Festival program.

Michael Grand
It was fateful summer night in June 2017 when Michael Tanko Grand found himself at a sparsely attended party at a western themed bar during the Banff World Media Festival. While contemplating his place in this world, and more specifically the film and television industry, he spotted a young woman in a Vancouver Grizzlies Big Country Bryant Reeves jersey. Her name was Kat. Little did Michael know, but his purpose in life, at least for the next calendar year, was written.

While producing Finding Big Country is obviously the most important thing to know about Michael, there is more to his story. He was the Writer and Story Producer on the 10 part documentary series Abandoned for VICELAND, and the Writer of CBC’s documentary Unbroken: The Snowboard Life of Mark McMorris. Most recently Michael has been producing comedy content for Kelly&Kelly who produce CBC’s This Is That among other hilarious video and podcast content.

9:30pm CARAVAN OF CURIOSITIES CIRCUS & SIDESHOW

Saturday, March 9 at 9:30pm

CARAVAN OF CURIOSITIES CIRCUS & SIDESHOW
Saturday, March 9 at 9:30pm
Paramount Theatre

Before our second DarkFest screening, we’re bringing you something a little (well maybe a lot) different. The Caravan of Curiosities Circus & Sideshow will feature horror film star Tristan Risk and Burns the Dragon performing to the music of Suspiria. You won’t want to miss this.
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12pm (Noon) KISS FEST

Sunday, March 10 at Noon

Sunday, March 10 at Noon
Paramount Theatre
kissfest.ca

A celebration of the short film format, the KISS competition creates opportunities for local filmmakers to tell (5 minute) stories and experiment with movie magic. The Kamloops Film Society has been encouraging TNRD filmmakers through the KISS Festival for many years. This year, talented local directors will once again experience the excitement of seeing their films on the big screen at the Paramount Theatre.

Winners will receive cash prizes that are awarded by the KISS Committee, the Thompson-Nicola Film Commission, Mastermind Studios, the Kamloops Arts Council and Joy Factory Films. This event is our way of celebrating the hard work and passion of our regional talent.

7pm Q&A – THE DANCING DOGS OF DOMBROVA

Sunday, March 10 at 7pm

Q&A - THE DANCING DOGS OF DOMBROVA
Sunday, March 10 at 7pm
Paramount Theatre

Douglas Nyback, who stars as Aaron Cotler in the film, will join us from Toronto to take part in a Q&A post film. Did they actually shoot in Poland? Was his relationship with actress Katherine Fogler similar to the relationship their characters share? Get answers to these questions and more by sticking around after the film.

Douglas Nyback
Douglas Nyback is an actor screenwriter, and producer. A graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, Douglas’ list of credits is extensive. He has recently wrapped two features “Skin” and “The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova” as well as recurring guest stars on SyFy’s “Incorporated”, “People of Earth”, “Carter”, and Amazon Prime’s “American Gods” among many others. Douglas has written and co-written multiple screenplays and has worked extensively as a script advisor and story editor, most recently on Peter Cousin’s “Freedom” produced by Production One and starring Cuba Gooding Jr. His most recent feature film as a producer, “Nose to Tail”, just had its world premiere at the Whistler Film Festival, and its American premier at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. He his thrilled to be here in Kamloops to screen the Dancing Dogs of Dombrova and support this wonderful and growing film festival.

8pm BEER TASTING WITH RED COLLAR (19+EVENT)

Monday, March 11 at 8pm

BEER TASTING WITH RED COLLAR (19+ Event)
Monday, March 11 at 8pm
Paramount Theatre

Between a close-up look at a world famous artist and a ragtag group of Indigenous athletes searching for lacrosse glory, join us at the theatre for a beer tasting by Red Collar Brewing. Taste for yourself why Red Collar is on of Kamloops’ best known social spots.

8pm BEER TASTING WITH BRIGHT EYE BREWING (19+EVENT)

Tuesday, March 12 at 8pm

BEER TASTING WITH BRIGHT EYE BREWING (19+ Event)
Tuesday, March 12 at 8pm
Paramount Theatre

On Tuesday night we’re going from French synchronized swimming hilarity to US pop star drama, but in-between Bright Eye Brewing will be treating our patrons to some of their delicious beer. Come find out what one our newest breweries has in store for you.

8pm BREWING DISCUSSION – RED COLLAR BREWING

Wednesday, March 13 at 8pm

8pm: EVENTS – BREWING DISCUSSION
Wednesday, March 13 at 8pm
Red Collar Brewing (355 Lansdowne Street)

There is discussion and beer to be had! What more does one need to know? After the star-studded drama, WILDLIFE, pop on over to Red Collar to discuss the themes of the film over a beer and some munchies with KFF Committee members and audience members alike.

8pm WINE TASTING (19+ Event)

Thursday, March 14 at 8pm

WINE TASTING WITH PRIVATO, MONTE CREEK & HARPER’S TRAIL (19+ Event)
Thursday, March 14 at 8pm
Paramount Theatre

Three wineries means three times the tasting goodness for you! After a fun and warm-hearted UK comedy, and before the film that is winning every award in sight, you can see why our local wineries are putting Kamloops on the wine trail map.

5:30pm FILM FOR A CAUSE – A WAY HOME

Friday, March 15 at 5:30pm

FILM FOR A CAUSE – A WAY HOME
Friday, March 15 before Circle of Steel
Paramount Theatre

Our second Film for a Cause in the festival will be helping A Way Home Kamloops, who are looking to end youth homelessness in our city. Please bring any of the listed items or cash donations with you to our screening of Circle of Steel and representatives from the organization will be in attendance to receive them.

NEEDED FOOD/ITEMS:
• granola bars
• boxed drinks/ juice
• individualized packets of oatmeal
• canned/boxed soup
• pancake mix
• trail mix
• dried fruit
• frozen veggies
• peanut butter
• chocolate
• individualized chips
• pudding cups
• apple juice
• fruit cups
• any kind of pasta
• pasta sauce
• pop tarts
• individualized cheese or peanut butter crackers
• mac and cheese
• beef jerky
• individualized fruit snacks
• any non-perishable food item
• soup
• bottled water
• big ziplock bags

A Way Home Kamloops is a society of over 200 supporting members from all sectors, including representation from youth, non-profits, landlords, businesses, students, ministries, and community members. We are implementing Kamloops’ Community plan “A Way Home: A plan to end youth homelessness." This plan has transformed our community towards ending homelessness and provided a model for other communities to adapt to their unique context. A Way Home Kamloops provides community coordination to reduce gaps in services and ensures there are no wrong doors for homeless youth. A Way Home Kamloops provides a continuum of housing options for youth and the supports they need to sustain housing. Our community collective ensures every sector and member has a pivotal role to play in ending youth homelessness.
Find out more here.

8pm Q&A – CIRCLE OF STEEL

Friday, March 15 at 8pm

Q&A - CIRCLE OF STEEL
Friday, March 15 at 8pm
Paramount Theatre

First time feature film writer/director, Gillian McKercher, will be on hand for a Q&A to let us know how much of the story is based on her career in the oil/gas industry and to provide insight on the development of film in Canada.

Gillian McKercher
Gillian is a Calgary¬‐based filmmaker and an Alberta Foundation For the Arts Young Artist Prize winner. She completed a BSc in Chemical Engineering at the University of Calgary while she practiced filmmaking at the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers. After she worked concurrently in film and engineering, she decided to focus on cinema and has since directed music videos, short documentaries, and interdisciplinary pieces. Her most recent work is the feature film Circle of Steel, which has shown at festivals throughout Canada and the United States, and won an Audience Favourite Award at the 2018 Calgary International Film Festival. Her experimental film work on Super 8 and 16mm film is often incorporated into her projects, and heavily informs her aesthetic.

5pm STEEPING DISCUSSION

Saturday, March 16 at 5pm

STEEPING DISCUSSION
Saturday, March 16 at 5pm
Zack’s Coffees Teas & Gifts (377 Victoria Street)

Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges deliver powerful performances as a mother and son in Ben is Back. We deliver hot beverages and tasty treats for your enjoyment at Zack’s after the film, where we can dissect the feature together as a community of filmgoers.

8pm CLOSING PARTY

Saturday, March 16 at 8pm

CLOSING PARTY
(Tickets Needed)
Saturday, March 16 at 8pm
The Blackwell Hall at The Plaza (405 Victoria Street)


Put a celebratory cap on 10-days of film festivities! Strike a pose on the red carpet. Dance the night away with VIPs, festival attendees, and organizers. (Beats courtesy of Common Sound, so you know this party will be on FIRE). There’s no better way to conclude the festival!

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door ($5 less for students). Ticket price includes drink tickets, refreshments and access to a delectable spread.