For a simple schedule of all events click HERE!.
Several events are ongoing throughout the duration of the Festival including Flavours and Flix and a KFF Signature beer at the Noble Pig check the deals out HERE!
Tickets and Passes are available for purchase at the Paramount Theatre, February 24th to March 14th, Noon to 4pm
Wanna become a viral sensation? Cheat the system by striking a pose on the official KFF Red Carpet, having your picture taken, and sharing the glam shot once it is posted online. Plus, our new KFF backdrop will be out for its maiden voyage.
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.
Friday, March 6 at 5:30pm
FILM FOR A CAUSE – KAMLOOPS FOOD BANK
Before Call Me Crazy: The Legend of Mike Wiegele
The KFF is encouraging our patrons to help out the Kamloops Food Bank by brining donations (top ten needed listed below) to our Double Feature screening of Call Me Crazy: The Legend of Mike Wiegele and the World Premiere of Six Days in December.
The Kamloops Food Bank was founded in 1981 and operates independently and is a member in good standing of the Food Banks of British Columbia and an affiliates member of Food Banks of Canada. Through the Food Bank, 60 community agencies receive food to support their meal programs; 7,000 individuals accessed their services in 2018; 32% of their clients are children under 18; 62% are adults; and 6% are seniors. The Food Bank’s vision is the belief in a hunger-free community.
Top Ten Needed Items (but they are happy to receive any nutritious non-perishable items and/or monetary donations):
• Tomato Sauce
• Canned Fruit
• Canned Vegetables
• Baby Food
• Peanut Butter
Director Andrea Wing and Mike Wiegele himself will be bringing their documentary to us along with film subjects/ MWHS employees Bob Sayer (Guide), Bob Rankin (Guide), Matic Vecko (General Manager), Daniela Aufschnaiter (Sales Manager), Deanna Kristensen (Marketing Supervisor) and more!!
Mike grew up in Lading Kärnten, Austria, where he developed his passion for skiing and racing. Inspired by his love for skiing, he moved to Canada in 1958. His dream of opening a heli-skiing operation was sparked after spending a winter working in Sugar Bowl California for legendary ski industry pioneer Junior Bounous. He returned to Banff AB, where he obtained his Canadian Ski Instruction Association Level 4 certification and went on to coach several national ski team members including Ken Read, Jim Read, Chris Kent, Bobby Allison, Cary Mullen, Mike Irwin and Bill Irwin. In 1970, he started his heli-skiing operation out of Valemount, BC and in 1974 he moved the operation to Blue River. In the late 1980’s he started the Canadian Ski Guide Association, which has since trained and certified hundreds of ski guides for the ski industry. In 1990, he received the
Bravery Award from the Governor-General of Canada for rescuing his wife from a helicopter accident. He also received the Marshall Award for Excellence from the Canada West Ski Areas Association for his outstanding contributions to the industry. Mike has been inducted into the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame, Canadian Rockies Ski Racing Hall of Fame, and the Banff Sports Hall of Fame. In 2019, he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.
Andrea Wing - Director
Andrea is an award-winning director and cinematographer with over sixteen years industry experience. Andrea began her career as a field director in television and has since created commercial content for brands like lululemon, Vans, The North Face, LLBean and Telus. Andrea also creates work outside of the commercial space, often telling stories that celebrate our natural environment.
Bob’s Wiegele story starts when he was 18 years old. After seeing MWHS featured in a Warren Miller movie he said to himself “that’s what I want to be when I grow up.” While ski patrolling, he entered and won the Canadian Powder Championships at Wiegele World in 1987 and never left. He is equally skilled on his Burton Fish snowboard as he is on his Atomic Ritual skis and guides on either. In the summer months, he can be found running and biking up mountains or swimming in lakes training for his next triathlon.
Bob grew up skiing in Banff and Lake Louise where he remembers often seeing Mike at the ski school. Bob’s love for skiing powder inspired him to pursue a career as a heli-ski guide. He followed Mike to Blue River in 1990. If you take a look at Bob’s resume, you’ll learn that his skiing and guiding has been featured in a number of Warren Miller movies and that he has stunt doubled in Hollywood films. Bob is also the four-time winner of Mt. Norquay’s “Mountain Smoker” 3 hour endurance race. He is truly humble when he speaks of these experiences and is happiest in the mountains skiing and sharing secret lines with guests.
The KFF is so excited to feature a World Premiere and one about our own town!! Demian LeClair has been generous enough to share his non-narrative poetic portrait of Kamloops with us. Demian will join us for an insightful Q&A post film.
Demian LeClair – Director/ Producer
Demian LeClair is a multi-media artist, screenwriter and filmmaker. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, he spent his high school years in Kamloops before returning to Edmonton to graduate from the AV Communication program at Grant MacEwan College. Since then he has lived in the Caribbean, Gibraltar, the Yukon and has traveled extensively through India, South America and Nepal— and always with a camera by his side. Now back in Kamloops, he has recently finished his first feature documentary Six Days in December and is editing his new film, a post-apocalyptic short titled The Decline.
Before you go on an adventure with Elsa, Anna, Olaf and the rest of the gang from Frozen 2, join us across the street for some FREE interactive fun. Meet some of your favourite characters courtesy of Kamloops Princess Parties and Kamloops Superhero Parties. Take your imagination on a wild ride through the pages of a storybook. Enjoy some healthy snacks and refreshments. This event will be fun for all ages!
Following the relatable Only in Nelson, about the BC town’s wild election campaign following a tragic event, join us for a Q&A with Amy Bohigian, a Nelsonite and filmmaker who wore many hats to make this film a reality.
Amy Bohigian - Director/Produce/Editor/Co-Writer
As an independent filmmaker Amy Bohigian has directed and produced award-winning films that include Love It and Leave It (2008) funded by the NFB, Conceiving Family (2011) distributed by Films Media Group, and Dreamers and Dissidents (2015) commissioned by Knowledge Network. Amy founded Watershed Productions Inc. in 2007, a production company based in Nelson, where she has directed and produced story-driven content for government, corporate, and non-profit clients looking to create social impact. She was awarded a fellowship in the Hot Docs Documentary Accelerator program in 2014. Amy’s work as a new media artist, which explores themes of community and transformation, has been exhibited in several galleries across British Columbia. She was named Nelson’s Cultural Ambassador in 2014.
In 2020 TRU is celebrating its 50th anniversary and putting on a number of FREE events to commemorate the occasion. We are excited to partner with the university to present this inside look at the last days of the Beatles. This Oscar winning documentary came out the year that Cariboo College began - 50 years ago!
Before our powerful screening of Shia LaBeouf’s meditation on his child years as an actor, we’d like to encourage our audience to help out a very worthwhile cause in our community by donating cash or items from the list below.
If you haven’t heard of it, the goal of Period Promise is to help end period poverty while also raising awareness about the profound impact it has on the lives of women and girls right here locally. The organization is helping by collecting feminine hygiene products as well as cash donations that will directly benefit those who struggle to achieve menstrual dignity. See www.periodpromise.ca to learn more.
• Menstrual Cups
• Menstrual underwear
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, Joy Factory Films, the Thompson-Nicola Film Commission, and the Kamloops Arts Council. This event is our way of celebrating the hard work and passion of our regional talent.
Movies and wine pair so well together. Join us for a glass and some cheese at the Tumbleweed Lounge in The Plaza Hotel to discuss the Golden Globe nominated Portrait of a Lady on Fire. There will be lots to chat about amongst KFF filmgoers after this powerful film.
Tuesday, March 10th at 8pm
WINE TASTING WITH PRIVATO, MONTE CREEK & HARPER’S TRAIL (19+ Event)
Kamloops Wine Trail is proudly sponsoring this year's wine tasting and bringing along three exceptional local wineries. Please enjoy a taste (or two) of what Kamloops wines have to offer right between the Tantoo Cardinal starring Canadian Drama, Red Snow, and the French/Tunisian comedy, Arab Blues.
The Elizabeth Fry Society has been a contributing member of our community for over 25. EFS will have information set up in the lobby and will give a brief talk prior to the screening of Sorry We Missed You.
The Kamloops & District Elizabeth Fry Society is an active community based non-profit agency that offers programs and services in the areas of housing and community justice to people in the Kamloops area, with a focus on women and youth. The society provides education, advocacy, capacity building and safe, secure, affordable housing within an environment of respect for each person’s right to self-determination and freedom from discrimination. Established in 1974, the Society is a member of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies.
There’s nothing like a good beer to get a good conversation going. After watching the powerful drama, Sorry We Missed You, pop on over to Red Collar for a beer and some snacks to discuss the themes of the film with other KFF filmgoers.
After the charming Canadian Drama, And the Birds Rained Down, join the discussion at Forno on 5th. Enjoy some whiskey samples and nibbles while discussing the themes of the film with other KFF attendees.
*Limited entry to this event so come by right after the film!!
The highly important Kamloops Cancer Connections (KCC) will be set up in the lobby with information as well as giving a brief talk before our screening of White Lie
KCC is group of health care professionals, support groups and community organizations that has developed an online community directory of care for cancer patients in Kamloops. It’s about creating support for people going through cancer - before, during and after their diagnosis. It addresses the physical well-being and mental-health aspects of the rehabilitation process to help complement the outstanding efforts of our oncology team at Royal Inland Hospital. The group was started out of a recurring theme expressed by patients who had a desire for more availability and access to rehabilitation treatment options and from health care professionals who had a desire to know who, or where, best to refer a patient within our community. Now, there are many different fields listed including massage therapy, physiotherapy, registered counselling, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, osteopathy, nutrition, support groups, exercise programs, certified fitters for garments, and much more.
Right after the intriguing Canadian Drama about an undergrad faking cancer, and before things get very Friday the 13thy with DarkFest, The Noble Pig will be in the house sharing some of their delicious brews with our patrons. Don’t miss out!
19+ need to show ID and a ticket to either White Lies or Darkfest
They’re baa…ack! Tristan Risk and Burns the Dragon are returning after last year’s fantastic performance for another breathtaking and titillating display of circus and sideshow magic. Join us before the final DarkFest screening featuring Amazon Hot Box. On Friday the 13th no less!
Make a Friday the 13th Night of it with DarkFest. Witness the Caravan of Curiosities Performance, take in the B-movie women in prison amazingness of Amazon Hot Box, then stick around for a Q&A with Amazon Hot Box (and Rabid) star Tristan Risk and producer David Aboussafy. Plus prepare for surprise guests!!
Tristan Risk - Actor
Tristan Risk is a Vancouver-based writer/actor/director. A professional weirdo with a penchant for strange cinema, she is also an alternative performing artist with a background in burlesque, sideshow and circus. She bills herself as a professional shape shifter and reptile enthusiast."
David Aboussafy - Executive Producer, Distributor & Zombie #1
Dr. David Aboussafy is a writer, producer, actor and film festival director based in New Westminster, BC. He is CEO of Generativity Productions, a Vancouver based film investment and production company with a focus on low budget genre film (and 56 IMDb producer credits since 2006), and Partner, Production and Development, Darkside Releasing, a Vancouver-based international film distribution company (darksidereleasing.com).
He is also founder and director of the Vancouver Badass Film Festival, an international genre film festival for short and feature films and scripts, whose sixth annual festival is March 27-29 in Vancouver: vbaff.com.
Saturday, March 14 at 3pm
After the film.
Shot locally in Westwold, Beyond the Woods is a taught drama from writer/ director Brayden DeMorest-Purdy who will be in attendance for a post film Q&A along with producer Nina Werewka and actor Jeff Evans. Who knows, we may even get some surprise guests as local crew and performers worked on the film.
Brayden DeMorest-Purdy – Writer/ Director
Brayden DeMorest-Purdy is a movie director, writer, and producer. He is originally from Toronto, Ontario and developed the passion for filmmaking at a very young age. Brayden started to write and direct independent films with his friends and turned this passion into his own production company, The Nerdy Kid Productions. He started his journey as an audio technician at a local television studio Rogers TV. Over the next two years at the TV station he began directing live TV shows, including a popular live breakfast television show called DayTime. He moved to Vancouver to follow his passion and his dream. Brayden graduated Vancouver Film School's Film Production Program, with honors, while majoring in Directing and Cinematography. Since then, Brayden has begun to expand The Nerdy Kid Productions, adding commercials, music videos, and feature films to the company's resume.
Nina Werewka - Producer
Nina was born in Katowice, Poland. In her teenage years, she traveled the world, living in Edinburgh, Scotland and Sydney, Australia. She attended the University of Silesia in Poland where she graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Film Production. She worked in the Polish film industry, doing short films, commercials and TV shows for one of the biggest Polish TV networks. After one year of gaining experience in her home country, she decided to move to Canada and attend the Film Production program at Vancouver Film School, majoring in Producing and Cinematography. Nowadays, she works as a Producer for the Vancouver based film production company - The Nerdy Kid Productions, which focuses on short films, music videos and feature films.
Jeff Evans - Todd
Born in Calgary, Jeff Evans-Todd was raised in multiple cities and towns across Canada's prairies. He moved to Vancouver shortly after high school, began his training at Vancouver Acting School, then soon began auditioning. Following that, it was only a few short months until he was giving voices to several characters in Lego's Legends of Chima. Since then, he has worked on several short films and other indie projects, SyFy's Olympus, A&E's Bates Motel, ABC's When We Rise, and Barbie's The Pearl Princess, to name a few, as well as performing in theatre productions of Bert V. Royal's Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, and Adam Pettle's Therac 25, among others.
Saturday, March 14 at 8pm
The Delta Hotel (540 Victoria Street)
Tickets available for sale in theatre lobby in advance.
That’s a wrap! Time to strike a pose on the red carpet and raise a glass to ten days of tremendousness. Rub elbows with VIPs, festival attendees, and organizers on the dance floor. (Beats courtesy of Common Sound, so you know this party will be on FIRE). There’s no better way to conclude a festival this magnanimous! 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.