Call for amateur submissions


CALLING ALL ARTISTS: Successful Art Exposed exhibitions from last  year’s event.  - Photo by Katie Kershaw Photography
CALLING ALL ARTISTS: Successful Art Exposed exhibitions from last year’s event. – Photo by Katie Kershaw Photography

Two arts festivals in Kamloops are calling for creative filmmakers and artists to submit their work.

The Kamloops Independent Short Shorts Film Festival (KISS) and the Kamloops Arts Council’s Art Exposed are asking for submissions in February ahead of the festivals in March. They are both open to residents in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD), including Sun Peaks.

The KISS Film Festival is asking local filmmakers to submit a film of five minutes or less before Feb. 26. Selected films will be screened on March 6 at the Paramount Theatre as part of the Kamloops Film Festival.

“It’s a way of giving back to local filmmakers. It’s a good way to showcase your work. There’s nothing like watching your film on a large screen in front of an audience,” said Jon Fulton, chair of the KISS Film Festival. “We wanted to give people that wouldn’t have an opportunity to screen in an actual theatre that opportunity and really celebrate that local spirit.”

Prizes will be awarded for the best short films, as well as a youth award and audience choice. Films can be any style or genre, but Fulton said they have never screened a skiing or snowboarding film.

“We’ve had documentaries, quirky horror films, stunt films, dramatic films, a lot of really good artistic experimental films, protest films, the whole gamut. We will accept anything,” Fulton said.

Digital copies of the films can be dropped off at Moviemart in downtown Kamloops along with the $10 entry fee. The competition is open to all local filmmakers who were not paid to create their short. More information is available online at

Art Exposed is also calling for residents of the TNRD to submit their artwork. Registration for the open exhibition is Feb. 13, but artwork is not required to be submitted until the beginning of March.

The exhibition runs from March 11 to 19 at the Old Courthouse in downtown Kamloops and is open to 2D and 3D art in any medium. Artists can submit two pieces and the two pieces combined must not be more than 16 square feet.

“What’s unique about this show is we want to help people get their stuff out there,” said Kathy Sinclair, executive director of the Kamloops Arts Council. “A lot of the time it’s a big step to share your work with people.”

Prizes will be awarded in four categories, including emerging and established artist. Art Exposed featured more than 200 local art pieces in 2015. Artists can register at

“It’s a really awesome chance to sell your artwork too, not just to exhibit it,” Sinclair added.