Another successful year for Kamloops Film Festival

Mike Davies, Editor-in-Chief Ω

Devon Coyote and a couple of friends popped into town from Kelowna to play the closing party of the 2013 Kamloops Film Festival, held at The Noble Pig on Victoria Street March 16. - PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIES

Devon Coyote and a couple of friends popped into town from Kelowna to play the closing party of the 2013 Kamloops Film Festival, held at The Noble Pig on Victoria Street March 16. – PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIES

Kelowna musician Devon Coyote brought his driving acoustic sound to the Noble Pig downtown on Victoria Street March 16 for the closing party of the 2013 Kamloops Film Festival.

“We thought he was going to be solo, but he brought a couple of friends up,” said Dusan Magdolen, who will chair next year’s festival. “The Noble Pig has been so great to us. The food was great, they make us the festival beer and it’s nice and close [to the theatre]. I think it was a big hit.

“It’s all about engagement of people; ultimately what we’re there for. It’s all about people coming in and celebrating their enjoyment of films together.”

Looking forward to taking the lead on the progression of the festival after being involved in various aspects of it for the past six years, Magdolen says one key aspect of growth will be reaching out further into the region.

“Eventually we’re going to hit a ceiling in Kamloops,” Magdolen said, as there are a finite number of people interested in film here. He added that because the festival only happens once a year, they hope to make it a destination for people in the region, which they could use to highlight the city and its arts scene.

“Kamloops is in a very unique position. The arts community in Kamloops is really, really strong … it’s important for the greater community to have access to all these things, and the film festival as part of the arts community is just another facet of that.”

Magdolen seems to have his work cut out for him if he intends on sustaining the rate of growth the festival has seen over the past few years.

“We don’t have the full numbers yet, but it looks like it was the best attended ever,” he said, adding that they’re at the point where they likely need to recruit more volunteers.

“The festival has grown, but really the group of people putting it on hasn’t, they’re just doing more. If we can get 20 people, it’s really not that much work for each person,” he said.

If you would like to be involved with the film festival as a committee member and organizer, contact Magdolen at dmagdolen@tru.ca. If you’d like to help out with the festival itself (ushers, guides, etc), the committee will start organizing those people in the fall for the 2014 event.