The annual North Valley Mountain Film Festival is back. It’s just going to look a little different this year. This year’s festival will be hosted online and will be available for viewing from March 5th through March 12th. “We weren’t sure we could pull it off this year”, said event coordinator Myles Berney”, but we had an excellent response to our Call for Submissions and we are pleased to announce that we have another exciting and diverse festival lineup to share with our community.”
Petra Hekkenberg, one of last year’s People’s Choice Award recipients, partners with Whitney Taylor and Sam Harrison to bring us Frank’s Sandon Ski Report. Every morning as the sun peeks over the Selkirks, people of the North Slocan Valley wake up to Frank’s Sandon Ski Report. Frank Barnes, a Sandon local, calls from his remote mountain home to New Denver village to report conditions of the cross country trail he tracks and maintains during the snowy winter months. Through the lens of one man’s commitment to connecting others with the outdoors, we gain insight into the labour of love of volunteer trail maintenance.
It is often said that the hardest part of any adventure is getting out the door. Planning and packing are tedious and time consuming. But the moment you cross over the threshold from the distractions of the real world to the freedom of the hills, everything seems to just fall into place. (Said no mother ever.) Motherload, a Lynch Sisters Film follows professional skiers and mothers Izzy Lynch and Tessa Treadway as they carry the load of loss, life changing events, and the love of their children into the mountains where they find the moments of peace, growth and healing that help them carry on.
Without a Paddle is an adventure film that blends the history of the upper Columbia River with a 140 km paddle from the foot of the Mica Dam to the top of the Revelstoke Dam. Four intrepid snowboarders seek to retrace a portion of David Thompson’s footsteps down the Columbia River, in the middle of January, during one of the coldest snaps in recorded history in Revelstoke. Surreal frozen landscapes, epic paddling, deep powder riding and a lot of pain, Without a Paddle produced and directed by Johan Rosen and Nick Khattar is a canoe film about snowboarding.
Enjoy these shows and more starting at 5 pm on Friday March 5th on the festival Vimeo page. Tickets and more information will be available through our websites ONLINE festival page starting February 25th. Proceeds from this year’s festival will go towards the North Slocan Trails Society and their work to maintain local trails.
The North Valley Mountain Film Festival organizing committee would like to recognize our 2021 sponsors the Columbia Basin Trust, Ambler and Valhalla Mountain Touring. Thank you for your continued support and making this event possible.