This year's Golden Film Festival is just one night and takes place at the Mount 7 Rec Plex on Saturday (February 2).

Golden showcases global films in a small town setting

The filmmaking talents of a few Invermere locals will be on display this Saturday (February 2) at the 5th annual Golden Film Festival.

The filmmaking talents of a few Invermere locals will be on display this Saturday (February 2) at Mount 7 Rec Plex for the 5th annual Golden Film Festival. And this year’s festival, organized for the second year in a row by the Gentlemen’s Leisure Club of Golden, will feature films not only from the East Kootenay, but also from further afield in Canada and beyond.

“We have received entries in our Short Film class from countries as far away as Serbia, Spain, Slovenia and Israel,” said club member Brian Coles. “These will compliment the mix of Canadian films we have received, from amateur films from Golden, Invermere and all the way from Halifax to a yet-to-be-released Salomon FreeskiTV production out of Whistler, the films will appeal to everyone.”

The all-ages festival is comprised of two categories: under 10-minute Short Films and a new category called The Pure Golden Award.

“Our sponsor, Golden Area Initiatives, was looking for a tourism promotion video

so we created another category, 90 seconds or less, about why you love Golden, to essentially create that commercial,” said Coles.

The total run time of the evening will be roughly 2.5 hours with an intermission, and at the end of the night, prizes will be given out for the best films in different genres such as action and comedy, with $500 cash going to first place for The Pure Golden Award.

“It’s not just mountain; it’s anything, any genre,” said Coles. “It’s not just the winning ones that get played; it’s everything that’s worthy.”

In the past, the festival has attracted upwards of 600 people and Coles said the club is hoping to achieve a similar turnout again.

The Gentlemen’s Leisure Club of Golden is a non-profit organized by a group of friends with the mandate of animating Golden and the surrounding area. Each event  goes into subsidizing the next, said Coles. Any surplus at the end of the year is donated to  various community groups.

“We’ve made donations to the local women’s centre, the Avalanche Centre, to different organizations around town that will have some sort of effect on kids and recreation,” Coles said. The club also distributes donated skis to children in the community.

Admission is $10, doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information on the Golden Film Festival, visit www.gentlemenofgolden.org/filmfestival.

 

Just Posted

The end of an Echo

Invermere Valley Echo shuts down operations in Columbia Valley

Creating a new narrative for Canal Flats

Economic development consultant hired, lists vision for next 90 days

UPDATE: Crews battle as wildfires rage in B.C. Interior

Crews brace for another day on B.C. firelines as no let up is likely

VIDEO: B.C. wildfires by the numbers

Wildfires continue to engulf regions of B.C.’s forests and communities.

VIDEO: More than 180 wildfires burning across B.C.

Firefighters from other provinces called in to assist

DTSS Grad March 2017

DTSS Grad March 2017

59 cats seized in Chase

59 neglected and injured cats were seized from a property in Chase

Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dead at age 52

The singer/songwriter passed away early Thursday morning in Detroit

Paying tribute to a primeval passage

Uninterrupted celebrates the Adams River sockeye run in an extraordinary way.

UPDATE: Pemberton Music Festival cancelled, no automatic refunds

In the past, the music festival located in Pemberton drew large crowds last year of 180,000 fans

Medical wait times cost B.C. patients $2,300 each

New Fraser Institute report places B.C. at second worst in costs associated with long wait times

UPDATE: 22 killed at Ariana Grande concert

Witnesses reported hearing two loud bangs coming from near the arena’s bars at about 10:35 p.m.

One in three Canadian high school students have rode with drinking drivers, study reveals

Nearly one in five rode with a driver who’d been smoking pot

Top court to hear federal government’s appeal on residential school records

A lower court judge ruled to destroy the stories after 15 years unless consent is given to preserve

Most Read