The last act of the Revelstoke Spirit Festiva was played out on stage at The Roxy as the Friends of Mount Revelstoke and Glacier presented the awards for what was their very first film festival.
“We learned a lot,” said Neills Kristensen, executive director of the Friends. “We’ve started out small and now we’ll see where it takes us.”
The Mountain Roots Film Festival offered movie-goers 20 films, including entries from as far away as Quebec, that showcased different aspects of mountain culture.
The films shown were not just extreme skiing or mountaineering flicks. This year’s grand prize winner was Fold and Unfold directed by Rob Buchanan, Parks Canada and Francois Desrosiers. The film featured the story as countless school children and people in communities across Canada and countries as far away as Japan and Australia folded cranes to commemorate the victims of the 1910 Avalanche Accident in Rogers Pass. Over 17,000 cranes were folded and within these cranes was the wish to never see such a tragedy again.
This year’s award winners include:
Best Feature-length Mountain Culture Film: 2 Frogs in the West directed by Dany Papineau Best Professional Film: La Vie de Guy Lacelle directed by Alex Lavigne
Best Short Mountain Culture Film: Our Bus directed by JoAnne Alaric
Best Novice Film: Squatter Man directed by Glen Kaleka
Best Youth Film: Stopping to Smell the Glacier Lilies directed by Alex Burr, Parks Canada
Best Short Film: Extreme Tobogganing directed by Florina Beglinger
People’s choice Film: Our Bus directed by Joanne Alaric
Jury Special Mention—
The Fallen Feather directed by Randy Bezeau & Jannica Hoskins
Flying WithoutWings directed by Rob Buchanan, Parks Canada
All ThingsGo directed by Kaleb Weston & Cam Kaegi
That wasn’t the only thing going on Sunday. The Revelstoke Museum and Archives held its third annual Chinese New Year’s Luncheon, this time at the Hong Kong Restaurant.
And there was a snowman-making contest and chili cook off downtown. You can see a few images from the day’s event below: