Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2018 in Invermere

Event Date:
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Columbia Valley Centre

646-4th Street, Invermere, BC

The 5th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival returns to Invermere on Saturday, November 24, from 5 – 9:30pm. SOLD OUT!

10 inspiring films, pizza and popcorn, cash bar, door prizes, 50/50 draw (a chance to win up to $500) and an awesome SILENT AUCTION (items are listed below). Here’s a chance to bid on a 3-night stay at Talus Lodge this winter!

This is one of the largest environmental film festivals in North America. Our carefully selected program features uplifting and diverse films from around the world: from Canada’s Arctic and our sacred headwaters of northwest BC to  Nepal, Norway, Zanzibar, Alaska, and Utah. See the full program below.

This is Wildsight Invermere’s annual fundraiser, and the proceeds from this event are crucial to supporting the continuation of our environmental initiatives, now with a 30-year long history. Our strong grass roots support in the East Kootenay drives our collective dedication to foster environmental stewardship and to protect the wild places we love.  Check out our Invermere branch page here.

Want to support what we’re doing? 

Become a Wildsight member. Not only will you receive $5 off your Festival ticket price but all new memberships purchased during October through November 24th will be entered to win a $100 MEC gift card at the film festival!

Become a new monthly donor before December 31st for a chance to win a Patagonia jacket (value $239)!

 SORRY, SOLD OUT!!     Get Your TICKETS here –  $20 Wildsight Members  |  $25 General Admission  |  Youth FREE [must still order a ticket]
[Buy one of the first 150 tickets online to get a free Canadian Rockies Annual magazine at the Festival!]

More info: invermere@wildsight.ca or call 250-341-6898






Evening Program 

5-6pm     Pizza, Beverages, Silent Auction, 50/50 draw and a pre-event slide show.

6pm         Films begin

My Irnik    
A young father teaches his son about the value of shared adventures, exploration and his ancestral Inuit heritage. (15 min)

Kokota: The Islet of Hope     
Mbarouk Mussa Omar is from a small island in Zanzibar. When he visited the neighbouring islet of Kokota and saw it teetering towards collapse, he knew that climate change and deforestation were the culprits. He desperately wanted to help, but what can one poor man possibly do? (29 min)

Blind Sushi     
A Vancouver travel writer (who is also blind) goes foraging and diving with the world’s first sustainable sushi chef and surprisingly, finds a new way to see the world. (17 min)

Naturally Selected     
Sam Van Leer’s organization rescues native habitat and fights for Miami’s most vulnerable residents. In this fun yet moving documentary, Sam’s unique charm and inspiring dedication is on full display as we learn what it’s like to run a volunteer powered organization in the country’s most threatened but least civically-engaged city. (10 min)

Mothered by Mountains     
Nepal’s leading female mountain guide, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita, is no stranger to high places. When she teams up to make a first ascent with an unlikely partner – local punk-rock icon, Sareena Rai – they both find that the paths to the greatest summits lie within. (16 min)

INTERMISSION ……….. then Door Prizes

Follow Through    
In this age of hyper-connectivity, which voices do you choose to hear and which do you ignore? When Caroline Gleich set out to complete Utah’s 90 most dangerous and difficult ski lines, she was met with laughter. Some considered her more model than athlete, a shallow social media star. This film shows a ski mountaineer who does what she does because she loves it — not in spite of the naysayers nor because of them.  (22 min)

Chasing Wild: Journey Into The Sacred Headwaters
Three friends set off on a 400km bike and pack raft expedition through the heart of the sacred headwaters in n.w. British Columbia, the source of three critical salmon rivers and home to the Tahltan people. In the wake of the devastating Mount Polley Mine disaster, the team’s goal is to understand what is at stake as a wave of new mines are developed across this remote corner of the province. (13 min)

Valve Turners
What would you do if you had tried all avenues of protest but no one listened? On October 11, 2016, in solidarity with Standing Rock and in response to the climate emergency we are facing, a team of activists took direct action, shutting off the five pipelines carrying tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada into the United States. (7 min)

Nobody Dies in Longyearbyen
It’s rumored that nobody dies in Longyearbyen. In this northernmost city in the world, the filmmakers find the macabre machinations of science colliding with tourism and our inscrutable emotional draw to the polar regions. (9 min)

Life Coach
When conditions became unfavorable for a first ascent in Alaska’s Ruth Gorge, Alex Honnold turns the camera on the more veteran Renan Ozturk for a strangely beautiful discussion about life’s big questions. (13 min)


Silent Auction
1.    Talus Lodge  Value: $1,036  – 3 night stay for one person. Includes helicopter, guiding and all meals.  Min. Bid: Value: $800
2.     Hybrid Landscapes  Value: $500 – Large beautiful tree of choice —  delivered, planted and mulched 
3.     Dietje Hagedoorn, jeweler  Value: $325 – silver pendant ( Mt Nelson) Min. Bid: Value: $150
4.     Dietje Hagedoorn, jeweller Value: $325  –  silver pendant (Chisel Peak) Min. Bid: Value: $150
5.     Peak Design  Value: $325  – Everyday Messenger 15″ Bag for travellers, photographers, and everyone in-between
6.     Patagonia  Value: $269 – Women’s Down Sweater (Large)
7.     Patagonia Value: $239 – Men’s Tough Puff Shirt (Medium)
8.     Patagonia Value: $239  – Women’s Stretch Rainshadow (Medium)
9.     Greywolf Golf Course  Value: $258    2 x $129 rounds of golf
10.   Paintbox Lodge, Canmore  Value: $163        one night stay in the Painter Valley or Studio Room during our midweek quiet season
11.   Columbia River Paddle    Value: $119        Columbia River, Invermere to Radium, self-guided trip for 2 by canoe, kayak or SUP with pick-up in radium
12.   Rocky Mountain Books       Value: $100    Hiker’s Bundle of Books: Hiking Canada’s Great Divide Trail; Mountain Footsteps – Hikes in the East Kootenay of Southeastern British Columbia; The Pipestone Wolves – The Rise and Fall of a Wolf Family
13.   Rocky Mountain Books       Value: $77       Explorer’s Bundle of Books: Lines on a Map – Unparalleled Adventures in Modern Exploration; Inner Ranges –  An Anthology of Mountain Thoughts and Mountain People; Searching for Tao Canyon
14.   Rocky Mountain Books       Value: $118        Climber’s Bundle of Books:  More Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies; The Bold and Cold – A History of 25 Classic Climbs in the Canadian Rockies;  Freedom Climbers
15.   Columbia Valley Hut Society   Value: $90  One night stay at Jumbo Pass Cabin on Saturday, July 20, 2019
16.   Columbia Valley Hut Society   Value: $90   One night stay at Jumbo Pass Cabin on Saturday, Sept 21, 2019
17.   Circle Health Foods      Value: $95            Gift Basket
18.   Edibles Farm Cafe Catering   Value: $75     Food Basket of yummy organic produce
19.   Flourishing Health  Value: $95       Health package: 30 min. Aromatherapy reflexology treatment, aromatherapy bath salts, weekend warrior liniment and “cold chaser herbal honey”
20.   Vic Panei    Value $90      Framed photograph x 2
21.   Fubuki Sushi  Value: $50       gift certificate
22.  Om Organics   Value: $38       Gift Basket