For a number of years the Kelowna Film Society has enjoyed great success presenting independent, foreign and Canadian film selections to grateful local audiences.
The society is now excited to announce the establishment of a series of scholarships and grants aimed at promoting film studies and filmmaking by Okanagan residents.
In the world of arts and culture, money isn’t everything, but its presence certainly helps and its absence definitely hurts.
When governments at all levels are balancing the books and cutting discretionary spending items, the “softer” arts, those vital nice-to-have areas which often define a culture, are frequently in the centre of the budget cutting target zone.
Fortunately, Kelowna has a strong community of arts supporters who know the importance of financing the creative workers in our midst.
Strong and steady attendance at the Kelowna Film Society’s regular Wednesday evening showings has now allowed the organization to address some of the gaps in arts funding.
The society wants to support those individuals who choose creative life paths less travelled to the benefit of the wider community.
To this end, the Kelowna Film Society has created a scholarship, bursary and grants fund to support students normally resident in the Okanagan who are registered in an approved post-secondary film program and to aid established Okanagan-based filmmakers with viable projects.
Interested people should review the requirements listed on the Kelowna Film Society website. Deadlines in this initial funding year are fast approaching.
Audience members and the many volunteers who assist the society will be pleased to know that their ticket dollars and supporting efforts will now foster future film careers and projects which will give pleasure to film lovers in the years to come.
The film society has been in existence for only a few years, but its Wednesday evening showings draw on the wide range of film offerings, many that originated at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival.
The KFS selections have consistently delighted large and loyal audiences.
Kelowna viewers have enjoyed important feature films, powerful documentaries, animated offerings, subtitled gems from China, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and elsewhere, including many small budget, hard-to-catch independent films.
The films cover a wide area of subjects and film styles: Canadian director Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies, Mike Leigh’s thoughtful Another Year, the French film joy The Concert, a documentary on the financial troubles of Wall Street (Inside Job), David Suzuki in full throat (A Force Of Nature), very different Oscar contenders—Winter’s Bone, I Am Love, and Broken Embraces, little known treasures such as Mao’s Last Dancer, Micmacs and The Boys Are Back, and crowd pleasers like Nowhere Boy, Barney’s Version, Made in Dagenham and Amreeka.
In the modern world,you can crawl into a digitally linked man-cave or camp by yourself in front of a Netflixed computer to watch the movie of your choice that is available online.
But for a different film viewing experience, join the Kelowna Film Society’s discerning audiences in front of an old-fashioned full-sized silver screen and then adjourn for a cappuccino-fuelled confab and film dissection.
But none of this would exist without the efforts of hardworking and often under-funded filmmakers, so adding your patronage to the society’s efforts also indirectly supports our scholarship scheme which will pay entertainment dividends well into your viewing future.
Films show Wednesdays at the Orchard Plaza 5 Cinema, Cooper Road, starting at 7 p.m.
For more information on the Kelowna Film Society and its scholarship/grants program, search online at www.kelownafilm.ca.