Variety to spice up a moviegoer’s life

Load up on buttery popcorn and an extra large Coke for one of the best movie marathons you’ll have this year. Movie buffs are in for a treat as the Kamloops Canadian and International Film Festival gets in full swing March 4 to 11.

The Kamloops Canadian and International Film Festival is the biggest event in town celebrating movies and bringing together like-minded film lovers of all ages. Screening will be held at Paramount Theatre on Victoria Street.

On its 14th year, the Film Festival offers a selection of 13 films that were specifically picked to appeal to a diverse movie going crowd. filmfest

Expect to see four Canadian films, three documentaries and international films from eight different countries this year.

“We live in the B.C. Interior but that doesn’t mean we should be cut off from the exciting world of filmmaking,” said Mark Wallin, board member of both the Film Festival and Kamloops Film Society. “It’s part of our cultural heritage in Kamloops because we do have, for our size and location, a pretty vibrant arts community. The Film Festival plays a part in that arts community.”

Whether it’s A Shine of Rainbows, a family-oriented story about a boy finding acceptance or Sita Sings the Blues, an animated film described as the “greatest breakup story ever told”, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste.

As for Wallin’s pick? “I’m definitely looking forward to Damned United but that’s because I’m a football fan.”
Films appeal to a wide audience because they offer “multiple avenues of meaning-making and expression,” said Wallin. “With a little bit of ingenuity, an individual has an incredible power to express different types of meanings, sometimes personal, sometimes universal.”

Not only that, filmmakers are still discovering endless possibilities with this medium. “We’re watching a new art form develop and grow and change right in front of us, and that’s
exciting,” he added.

A free opening reception will kick things off on March 4 at the Plaza Heritage Hotel after the showing of the first film. Closing reception will be on March 11 at Rocksalt Restaurant. For $10, you can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine and a side of live music by the Old Man’s Beard band. Tickets to the closing reception must be bought in advance.

Participants can also vote for their favourite film through the People’s Choice Award and enter their name to the Festival Draw, where the winner will receive two free passes to next year’s Film Festival.

The Film Festival also includes a charity film with a second screening of A Shine of Rainbows on Saturday, March 6. All net proceeds will go to the Kamloops Immigrant Services’ computer fund.

Tickets are $8 for a single admission (discounted for multiple ticket purchase) available at Moviemart or the theatre lobby.

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