Prepare for the movie marathon of the year because the 2023 Kamloops Film Festival is taking over Kamloops from March 2nd to 11th! The KFF brings you the best of the big screen, from heart-warming family flicks to Oscar-worthy masterpieces. And this year includes the world premier of a film shot right here in The 'Loops!
But that's not all because the festival also showcases extraordinary BC experiences that will take you on a wild ride through our beautiful province and its history. And for those who love to belt out a tune, get ready for some family-friendly serious sing-along fun!
Get your tickets, grab your popcorn, settle into your seat, and prepare for an unforgettable cinematic experience you won't want to miss! Below are some of our favourite movies from the lineup, but check out all 20+ titles showing during the festival!
Playing March 5th, 6:50pm
Don't miss the touching and poignant film, Aftersun. The story follows Sophie as she reminisces about a vacation with her father, Calum, twenty years ago at a fading vacation resort. Through Sophie's eyes, we witness the struggles of Calum's life outside of fatherhood, making for a moving portrait of their relationship.
With standout performances and a touching storyline, Aftersun has garnered critical acclaim, including nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Outstanding British Film of the Year, and Best Leading Actor. Aftersun captures the essence of family and love in a truly unforgettable way.
Everything Everywhere All At Once
Playing March 11th, 6:00pm
Everything Everywhere All At Once takes viewers through multiple dimensions and time periods filled with jaw-dropping action sequences and laugh-out-loud moments. Directed by the passionate duo of Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, this heartwarming science fiction film follows a Chinese American woman, played by the radiant Michelle Yeoh, struggling to finish her taxes.
With a star-studded cast and a witty script, Everything Everywhere All At Once has already garnered critical acclaim and multiple award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards.
The Banshees of Inisherin
Playing March 9th, 8:00pm
Get ready to be swept away to a remote island off the coast of Ireland with The Banshees of Inisherin. The film follows lifelong friends Pádraic and Colm, whose friendship takes a sudden turn when Colm unexpectedly ends their bond. Determined to repair the relationship, Pádraic, aided by his sister Siobhán and troubled islander Dominic, embarks on a journey to mend their friendship.
With standout performances and a gripping storyline, The Banshees of Inisherin has already garnered critical acclaim and multiple award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards.
Playing March 9th, 6:30pm
Get ready for an unforgettable adventure with EO, the latest offering from legendary director Jerzy Skolimowski. This visually stunning film follows the journey of EO, a nomadic gray donkey who embarks on a trek across the Polish and Italian countryside after being removed from the traveling circus he's always called home. Along the way, he encounters both kindness and cruelty while observing the follies and triumphs of humankind.
EO is more than just a simple story about a donkey's travels; it's a powerful statement about society and the dangers of neglect and inaction. With nominations at the 2023 Academy Awards and a win at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, EO is a must-see film that inspires and moves you.
Playing March 7th, 7:00pm
Take a step back in time with Call Jane, the inspiring true story of a suburban housewife's fight for reproductive rights in late 1960s Chicago. When Joy's life is endangered by a life-threatening heart condition during pregnancy, she must navigate a male-dominated medical system unwilling to help her. Joy finds hope in Virginia, an independent advocate for women's health, and Gwen, a passionate activist fighting for access to safe abortions for all women.
As Joy joins forces with these valiant women, she puts everything on the line to fight for a future where all women have control over their own bodies. 2022 Beijing International Film Festival: Best Supporting Actress Winner; Best Film Nominee, 2022 Berlin International Film Festival: Best Film Nominee.
Finding Fred Lee
Playing March 9th, 6:00pm
Finding Fred Lee is a poignant and inspiring documentary that brings to light the incredible story of Private Frederick Lee. Through filmmaker Jack Gin's tireless efforts and thorough research, this forgotten hero is given the recognition and remembrance he deserves. The film takes viewers on a journey through history, traveling to the Western Front in France and tracing Fred Lee's footsteps from his hometown here in Kamloops, BC.
With insightful interviews and stunning archival footage, Finding Fred Lee is a testament to the power of never giving up on uncovering the truth and honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The film has received critical acclaim, including an Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2023 IndieX Film Festival for its powerful storytelling and emotional impact.
The Kamloops Independent Short Shorts (KISS) Film Fest
Playing March 5th, 1:00pm
Lights, camera, KISS! The Kamloops Independent Short Shorts (KISS) Film Fest is back and bigger than ever! We're talking about an explosion of creativity that brings together local amateur and professional filmmakers ready to push the boundaries of storytelling in five minutes or less. From heartwarming dramas to hilarious comedies, the KISS festival showcases a variety of movie magic that will leave you feeling entertained and inspired.
This year, the audience gets to be the judge and vote for their favourite films in both the amateur and professional categories. The winners receive cash prizes sponsored by the Thompson-Nicola Film Commission and the Kamloops Arts Council. Take advantage of the excitement of seeing local films on the big screen at this FREE all-ages event! The KISS festival is the perfect way to celebrate our regional talent's hard work and passion.
For movie buffs who want to add something more to your Kamloops Film Festival experience, over 20 other events are part of the festival lineup, from wine tasting to a Q&A with representatives of the Rocky Mountain Rangers or a Darkfest Punk Show! Or enjoy the ultimate date night out with a specially prepared menu paired with local wine features at participating restaurants as part of the Flavours and Flicks celebration, followed by your favourite film fest feature.