The 22nd annual Kamloops Film Festival will feature twenty-two films from around the world at the Paramount Theatre March 1st to 10th. From documentaries to quirky comedies and even horror films, the festival will provide audiences with a selection that encompasses a full range of genres. Festival Chair, Dušan Magdolen, says this year’s line-up is one of the festival’s best, “I know it’s tempting to say that each and every year, but for 2018 we truly have some incredible films that have a lot to offer audiences in Kamloops.”
Shut Up and Say Something, a Canadian-made documentary that profiles well-known spoken word artist Shane Koyczan will kick-off the festival on Thursday, March 1st. The film will be one of four throughout the festival that is followed by a Q&A with special guests from the film’s production. “We’re ecstatic to have the writer and director of the film, Melanie Wood, joining us for the Q&A” said Magdolen, “This is what the festival is all about – seeing films that are challenging and make you think, then being able to discuss them and learn more. That’s the festival experience.” Other films of note include the Kamloops-shot Tomato Red, Golden Globe winning German thriller In the Fade, and Indian Horse, a film based on the late Kamloops Aboriginal writer, Richard Wagamese’s, novel of the same name, which will close out the festival on Saturday, March 10th.
The schedule comes complete with numerous complementary events including an opening night mingle, casual post-film discussions and a closing night party at Hotel 540, among others. “The parties and special events really heighten the festival experience. Carve out a little extra time for a beer-tasting in between flicks or a warm cup of tea at our Steeping Discussion event. We’re encouraging everyone to experience all that the festival has to offer,” says KFF Events Chair Alicia Ashcroft. All of the events are free to attend, with the exception of the closing night party. A full schedule of films and events (as they are finalized) can be found at www.kamloopsfilmfest.ca.
Passes and Tickets are now available ONLINE and tickets will soon be available at Moviemart (367 St. Paul Street).
ALL 22 KFF 2018 FILMS:
SHUT UP AND SAY SOMETHING
Thursday March 1 at 7pm
The opening film of the festival follows acclaimed international spoken word artist Shane Koyczan, who erupted onto the scene during the Vancouver Olympics, on an emotional road trip to reconnect with the father he never knew.
Friday March 2 at 6pm
While recovering from a suicide attempt, Ben Layton accidentally falls in love with a girl who was very nearly, almost his sister – and then things start to get weird.
Friday March 2 at 9pm
The first of three DarkFest features in 2018 follows a group of survivors in this twist on the zombie genre taking place in upstate Quebec.
CONTEST ALERT: We have a pair of tickets to giveaway for Great Classics with the Kamloops Symphony at the Sagebrush Theatre this Saturday. Leave a comment below to enter. Winner will be chosen Thursday, March 8th at 9pm. For an extra entry, leave a comment on the Facebook post below:
CONTEST ALERT: We have a pair of tickets to giveaway for Great Classics with the Kamloops Symphony at the Sagebrush…
Join the Kamloops Symphony for Great Classics, featuring the music of two giants of the Classical period, Mozart and Beethoven, on Saturday, February 10 at 7:30 pm in Sagebrush Theatre.
The program is bookended by two works of Mozart, a youthful piece and a more mature work, proving that the only composer to surpass Mozart’s skill is Mozart himself. Starting the concert is the little-known overture to his opera Lucio Silla, composed when he was just sixteen years old. Concluding the concert is Mozart’s brilliant Symphony #41, his final symphony, nicknamed “Jupiter” for its creative majesty.