6th Annual Reel Canadian Film Festival Set to Awe Fernie Crowd

Get ready to celebrate the Canadian Film-making industry at the 6th Annual Reel Canadian Film Festival on January 17-19, 2014. The Organizing Committee is thrilled to showcase five stunning Canadian Films as well as offer National Film Board shorts for the kiddies. This year they have decided on the Kootenays for the popular film shorts screenings ‘Focus On’ city. Bookending all of these stunning feature films and amazing shorts is an opening gala and closing reception.

The Reel Canadian Film Festival is an off-shoot of The Arts Station’s Indie Films Fernie series. Inspired by the popularity of this series, a dedicated group of volunteers embarked upon creating a festival that would have a more specific focus, Canadian films, and that celebrates the dedication, skill, talent and diversity within the Canadian film industry.

The opening gala, held at the Central next door to the Vogue Theatre, features Miriam Needoba and Jon Lawrence. Eyes in the Forest is an amazing short film by West Kootenay experimental filmmaker Miriam Needoba. This film is a rare view of British Columbia’s remote Selkirk Mountains as seen through the eyes of wildlife photographer Jim Lawrence. Interweaving the startling imagery of Lawrence’s still photography with Needoba’s sublime cinematography, Eyes in the Forest: The Portraiture of Jim Lawrence is both a restrained study of landscape and wildlife, and a conversation between two artists and their art forms.

The feature film Saturday evening is drawing a lot of attention, especially after winning Best Actor and Supporting Actor last weekend at the 2014 Golden Globe. The Dallas Buyers Club airs Saturday at 9pm, here is the full schedule:

Friday, January 17

7pm Eyes in The Forest (Short)
9pm Art of The Steal (Sponsored by Teck)
Opening Reception at Central

Saturday, January 18
10am Little Reels at The Arts Station
7pm The Indy (Ryan Radchenko short)
Sunday Funday (Dylan Siggers short)
Cas & Dylan (Sponsored by CP Catering)
9pm Dallas Buyers Club (Sponsored by the Fernie Free Press)

Sunday, January 19

5pm Our Man In Tehran (Sponsored by Finning
6:45pm Closing Reception
7:15pm Gabrielle (Sponsored by Finning)

Festival Passes and Opening Night tickets are available at The Arts Station or online at www.theartsstation.eventbrite.com. For a complete schedule and more info please visit www.reelfilmfest.ca.