Okanagan International Film Festival

The Okanagan International Film Festival is going to infuse downtown Kelowna with screenings of over 150 films, music videos, shorts, documentaries, and featured films starting Wednesday July 21st running until Sunday July 25th. The 5 day festival will feature screenings in traditional venues such as the downtown Paramount Theatre, the Kelowna Community Theatre, Black Box Theatre, and Okanagan College, with the addition of non-traditional venues such as the Royal Anne Hotel and Alternator for Contemporary Art located within the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Festival goers can expect to see a lot of film makers, directors, and actors attending the events and there will be plenty of opportunity to network and chat.

The Festival is put on by the Okanagan Film Festival Society which was founded in 1998 as a non for profit charitable organization. Their mission is to educate and promote the Canadian and International Film industry through film screening, competitions and professional industry workshops. The Society and Festival is run completely by a volunteer group of directors who have a passion for film and Canadian Film.

Films not to miss in this year’s festival include The Beast of the Bottomless Lake showing on Wednesday July 21st at 7:15pm at the Paramount, Greening the Cub: The 100 Mile House showing Friday July 23rd at 6:00pm and Strange Fruit at 8:00pm at Okanagan College, Hamlet, But You Didn’t Hear it From Me showing Friday July 23rd at 9;15pm at the Paramount, and Gunless showing Sunday July 25th at 6:45pm at the Paramount.

Tickets are available for individual screenings or a Festival Pass is available for $50 or students for $35 which gains you access to all screenings. A VIP pass is available for $175 which also includes access to all workshops, Galas, and after parties. Tickets are for sale through the website, Leo’s Video and the Paramount Theatre. For more information and to download the festival guide please visit OkanaganFilmFestival.com

Trailer for The Beast of Bottomless Lake

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