Film Fest returns to Fernie for another year of mountain movies

The Fernie Mountain Film Festival is back for another year.

The Fernie Mountain Film Festival is back for another year. Taking place this weekend, the seventh annual small town festival will entertain audiences with adventure-filled films for three nights at the Fernie Community Centre.

The festivities kick off this evening with Local Film night, giving Elk Valley natives a chance to show off their movie making skills.

Friday night’s feature film is Congo: The Grand Inga Project. Watch legendary kayaker Steve Fisher and his team battle the Congo River in their attempt to be the first explorers to survive the Inga Rapids. Hold on to your seat as they navigate Central Africa’s maddening politics and face their worst fears while accomplishing the greatest challenge of their lives.

Come back on Saturday night to experience Where the Trail Ends. The feature film tells the story of the world’s top free-ride mountain bikers as they trek around the world in search of the biggest and most insane terrain. The cast of colourful characters attempt the most progressive and ambitious mountain biking while learning about new cultures and pushing themselves to their limit.

Both Friday and Saturday evenings will also include a variety of short films, jam-packed with action and inspiration.

A new addition to this year’s festival is the Fernie Mountain Social. With the community centre doors opening at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, festival goers are welcome to come early to enjoy tasty snacks from a variety of Fernie restaurants, as well as beverages from Fernie Brewing Company.

Keeping in mind audiences of all ages, be sure to bring the whole family to Saturday afternoon’s free Kid’s Fest, happening at 4 p.m.

The films will begin all three evenings at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at Straightline, online, or at the door. For the full festival lineup and more information visit