Samburu warriors stand on the edge of the Matthews range inside Namunyak Wildlife conservancy in Northern Kenya. (Photo Contributed by Ami Vitale)

Samburu warriors stand on the edge of the Matthews range inside Namunyak Wildlife conservancy in Northern Kenya. (Photo Contributed by Ami Vitale)

Wildsight Invermere’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival goes virtual

Nine films will be screened at the annual festival on Nov. 21

Wildsight Invermere’s seventh annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival is going virtual this year, hoping to attract a larger audience unrestricted by geography.

The festival, which kicks off Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., celebrates wildlife, adventure, and global environmental conservation efforts through a series of nine films of varying length.

“Our Wild and Scenic Film Fest feels more important than ever because it can draw us together across physical boundaries,” said Wildsight Invermere Director, Cam Gillies.

“The films depict universal stories, shared problems and solutions. They challenge us to ask, how can we work together to make a difference in our community. That’s why this year’s festival is as exciting as any other.”

The films participating in this year’s festival touch on a variety of topics including pangolins and elephants in Africa, protecting Alaskan watersheds, the dangers of plastic pollution, and the effects of local mining.

“While the stories may be about distant communities, the issues are often familiar to us here in the East Kootenays,” added Gillies.

According to Gillies, this year’s virtual event promises continued entertainment via an emcee and door prizes, with all proceeds going towards Wildsight Invermere’s initiatives.

To purchase tickets for the festival, head to Wildsight.ca/wsff2020. Tickets run at $15 for students, $20 for adults, and $40 for a household.

The virtual festival will also be available as Video On Demand for the week following the showings.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

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