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7th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival- Virtual (Online Livestream)

Festival Event

For six years in a row, Wildsight Invermere has organized its popular Wild & Scenic Film Festival — a celebration of wildlife, adventure and the inspiring global efforts to protect and conserve the natural world.

While the 7th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival won't happen in its usual way (sitting shoulder to shoulder in front of a huge screen in Invermere’s Columbia Valley Centre), the show will go on. The live, virtual event at 7pm on Saturday, November 21 offers the same promise of engaging entertainment, thought-provoking films and door prizes, with all proceeds supporting Wildsight Invermere’s initiatives. While the audience won’t be physically together, the organizers hope that the community still feels connected.

"Our Wild and Scenic Film Fest feels more important than ever because it can draw us together across physical boundaries. You can be a participant, no matter where you live. The films depict universal stories, shared problems and solutions. They challenge us to ask, how can we work together to make a difference in our community? That’s why this year’s festival is as exciting as any other,” explains long-time MC and Wildsight Invermere Director, Cam Gillies.

The added bonus to a virtual event is that the two-hour program (streamed in high definition) will also be available as a Video On Demand option for an additional seven days. So,if you missed the original screening, you can watch it on your own time.

This year’s nine films offer a spectrum of stories -- from elephants and pangolins in Africa to a community in Alaska that struggles to protect its watershed, native salmon and local economy from a mining proposal. In the film, Confluir, a group of scientists and river experts embarks on an action-packed raft expedition down the Río Marañón, the Grand Canyon of the Peruvian Amazon. As the team navigates intricate whitewater, they connect with passionate local communities and learn about the environmental and social issues created bythe 20 proposed dams.

In the past, some of the Festival films have addressed the perennial issue of plastic pollution. This year, Every Nine Minutes calls attention through an artistic project to the fact that the weight of a blue whale (300,000 pounds) makes its way into our oceans as plastic every nine minutes. Wildsight Invermere’s Climate Change Resilience Coordinator, Kat Graves, appeals to viewers: “Many watching the film will know that on October 7, the Canadian Government announced a limited ban on single-use plastics by the end of 2021. However, if we wait another 405 days, over over 19 billion poundsmore of plastic will make its way into our marine ecosystems. For the wild spaces and species that we hold so dear, we need to do more and better.”

Not content to just offer films, the organizers have cooked up a Food and Film Combo Ticket with pizza from Peppi’s Italian Fuel in Invermere. Take it one electric step further and get your order delivered by the Wildsight Invermere team in Spark, our Electric Vehicle Share!

Get tickets HERE: https://wildsight.ca/events/wsff2020/