Frequent Asked Questions about Canadian and alternative Films:
Where can one find Canadian and alternative films in Kamloops?
To Rent or Borrow:
1. Both the TRU library and the local public library (at 465 Victoria Street) have Canadian videos in their collections.
2. The Kamloops Film Society owns a collection of current and historical alternative film videos, including some Canadian. In a venture called Film Hound Videos, the Film Society works in cooperation with the Kamloops Art Gallery to rent these videos to the general public. Inquiries should be made at the Gallery Store, 465 Victoria Street (phone 828-3543).
3. Kamloops video stores have some Canadian videos, sometimes located in the "Foreign Film" section, believe it or not. MovieMart Home Video, with locations in the Fortune Shopping Centre (phone 376-2211 ) and Westsyde Shopping Centre ( phone 579-2233) is a locally-owned store with a relatively substantial collection.
4. The National Film Board has its extensive collection available for sale. Check the website at www.nfb.ca
5. Videomatica, a store based in Vancouver, has a wide selection of Canadian videos for sale. Their website is www.videomatica.com
6. Most major film festivals - the Toronto International Film Festival and the Vancouver International Film Festival, for example - showcase Canadian films.
7. The Kamloops Canadian and International Film Festival has traditionally featured at least 50% Canadian content in its offerings.
8. Occasionally, the Kamloops Film Society will show a Canadian film.
9. The Salmon Arm Film Society, in both its regular season and its film festivals, offers some Canadian work.
10. As the number of Canadian television stations proliferates, so does the number of Canadian offerings on those stations. In addition to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Showcase, Bravo, and the Independent Film Channel regularly offer domestic cinema.
How can I access videos and books on film at the TRU library?
Use the TRU Library Catalogue Search - an online search for books on film and other subjects, or enquire at the UCC library.
What is the Kamloops Film Society?
A Brief History of The Kamloops Film Society
This society runs film features on select Thursdays from September to May, 7 PM, at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Kamloops.
Admission is $6 at the door. The yearly membership is available at the door for a $1 fee. The society requires proof of membership for admission to all showings.
The Kamloops Film Society also runs the annual Kamloops Canadian and International Film Festival on the first weekend in March. Many dedicated volunteers work to ensure that current and challenging alternative, international and independent films are made available to Kamloops audiences.
How do I find the Kamloops Film Society schedule?
The printed schedule is posted around Kamloops and is and is left in various cafes, shops and public locations as a folded flyer. The downtown library usually has a supply of the current season's flyer and, in February, the festival flyer. You can also click this link: Spring 2007.
When is the Kamloops Canadian and International Film Festival?
The Kamloops Canadian and International Film Festival is held the first weekend of March. The Festival features current Canadian and International films that are challenging, thought provoking, and/or creative. They are usually films that appeal to a more 'alternative' (non-mainstream) audience.
How can I become involved with the Film Festival?
A contact person and his or her phone number is given on every film society poster and flyer. This person will be able to answer questions, or put those wishing to volunteer (either by sitting on the Festival committee or by working at the shows) in touch with Festival organizers.
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