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:
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.
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.
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.
The fun tale of a romantic Dutch farmer who, after losing his farm during the floods of 1953, cycles to Italy and grows tulips in the sweltering heat of Puglia.
Filmed in the Kamloops area and based on the Daniel Woodrell novel, the film follows a small town drifter who drives into town in search of his next cold beer and the bunch that’ll have him, but gets a lot more than he bargained for.
In Part One of the hilarious and gory WolfCop double feature, we begin with the Canadian cult phenomenon that started it all!
In Part Two of the hilarious and gory WolfCop double feature, Werewolf cop springs into action when an evil businessman seduces Woodhaven’s residents.
Sunday March 4 at 2pm
A drama, with a darkly comic bent, about a family in Calais with the European refugee crisis as the backdrop.
The Best Foreign Language Film winner at the 2018 Golden Globes, featuring a tour de force performance from Diane Kruger, will be our first of two female led films on International Women’s Day.
In 1971 Switzerland, a young housewife organizes the women of her town to petition for the right to vote.
Maria embarks on a journey of self-discovery by engaging with the world around her after finding out that her husband may not be the man she thought.
Friday March 9 at 9pm
A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments. Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL
Saturday March 10 at Noon
Starring Jamie Bell, Vanessa Redgrave, and Annette Bening, tells the true story of the romance that sparked between a young actor and a Hollywood leading lady.
ADVENTURES IN PUBLIC SCHOOL
Saturday March 10 at 3pm
A socially awkward home-schooled kid forces his way into public-school against his suffocating but loving mother’s wishes.
Saturday March 10 at 6pm
Based on the bestselling book by award-winning author Richard Wagamese, a Kamloops resident until his death last year, this film sheds light on the dark history of Canada’s Residential Schools and the indomitable spirit of the Indigenous people.