2015/16 SEASON
The first annual summer art and film festival, Midnight Sun-2015 was a great success and we are grateful for all the amazing support we have received from the Sun Peaks community. We have received a very positive feedback from guests, artists, filmmakers and local residents, and as a result we are expanding our film screening events to a year-round program.
As a part of the GAFA’s profile building campaign, we have offered the following program to public

Wild Adventures with Dianne WhelanDecember 12, 2015, 8:00 – 10:00pm, “M Room” Morrisey Pub

Dianne Whelan is an award-winning Canadian photographer and filmmaker residing in Vancouver, BC. In April 2010, Whelan traveled to Nepal and Mt. Everest base camp to direct and shoot her documentary film, “40 days at Base Camp”, a film shot on Mt. Everest; she is the first women to shoot a film on the world’s highest mountain. Her recently released film, “The Land”, has won numerous awards, including Best Short Documentary at both the Planet in Focus Film Festival in Toronto and the Leo Awards for BC film and television.
Currently, Dianne is filming her adventure – “500 Days in the Wild: Hiking the Trans Canada Trail”; she attempts to hike, bike and paddle the Trans Canada Trail and make an indie doc about the adventure. Dianne took a short break in her journey in December to come to Sun Peaks to talk about her experiences and share some never before seen footage and images for the film planned to be released in 2018. Dianne’s film “40 Days in Base Camp” was screened after the talk on a 20-foot screen in HD quality.

Christmas on the Mountain, December 26 – 28, 2015, 8:00-9:30pm, Alpine Room @ Sun Peaks Grand Hotel and Conference Centre.

Nightly film screenings of award winning films and documentaries covering a variety of genres such as Extreme Sports and Adventure, Nature/Environment, and Family Interest. Viewed on a 20-foot screen in HD picture & sound, these films sure have enhanced the experience of Christmas on the mountain.

Icemaker-2016, February 12-14, 2016

Art exhibit, live music performances and film screenings showcasing the best of Canadian and International talent and new ideas inspired by our inseparability with Nature. The first annual winter art and film festival, Icemaker-2016,  provided a platform for a cultural dialog about the quality of life in small communities.


Midnight Sun-2016 & Outdoor Film Screening, June 24- September 9, 2016.

For one weekend every August the festival takes over the village with culturally rich activities; the program encourages an active and creative lifestyle through environmentally friendly initiatives including art, live music and outdoor film screening with emphasis on local talent.

The festival brings together diverse communities, artists, designers, and filmmakers to spark consciousness about environmental issues, engage in dialogue on the role of art in creating a sustainable future, and to fully immerse in the volume, quality, and variety of art. As a part of the summer festival’s profile building campaign, we’ll also offer a series of outdoor film screenings in a variety of genres; starting on June 24 and continuing all through summer until September 9, 2016 – there will be one film screening each Friday after sunset.

MIDNIGHT SUN 2016, August 5-7

A shipping container-turned-art gallery will hold this year’s exhibit showcasing the best of the TRU graduating fine arts students’ talent, together with local, regional and international art inspired by our inseparability with nature. Enjoy live music, art workshops, storytelling, and outdoor film screenings through out the weekend. All events are free to public.

JUNE 24: Fantastic Mr. Fox
Fantastic Mr. Fox is a story of an urbane fox that cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers’ retaliation. A visually stunning animation that dazzles us at every second especially because of the amazing attention that it pays to details, and the result is a delightful fun for all ages, with a clever, witty plot, great voicing and Wes Anderson’s trademark sense of humor.

JULY 1: Life in a Day
Director Kevin Macdonald and producer Ridley Scott team up to offer this candid snapshot of a single day on planet Earth. Compiled from over 80,000 YouTube submissions by contributors in 192 countries, Life in a Day presents a microcosmic view of our daily experiences as a global society. From the mundane to the profound, everything has its place as we spend 90 minutes gaining greater insight into the lives of people who may be more like us than we ever suspected, despite the fact that we’re separated by incredible distances.

 JULY 15:   Walking Camino
Since the ninth century, millions have embarked on the pilgrimage across northern Spain. This 500 mile journey leads each pilgrim to Santiago and most importantly, to their true selves. Following the journeys of six modern-day pilgrims as they cope with blisters, exhaustion, and loneliness, Walking the Calmino explores this physically challenging, spiritually nourishing, and profoundly enlightening journey. While each of the six pilgrims walks the Camino for different reasons and with varied backgrounds, they each experience personal triumphs over their own doubts and fears. The film not only illustrates the importance of following our own path in life, it encourages and inspires us to do so wholeheartedly.

JULY 22: UnReal
UnReal is for those of us who escape. A film that celebrates breaking free from the confines of reality and venturing into a boundless world. Here, glacial walls transform into mountain bike trails, rain and snow aren’t the only elements to fall from the sky and thousand pound mammals become riding partners. Breathtaking visuals conjure feelings of awe and pure joy; feelings that only those of us who venture outside can truly understand. This film is dedicated to you—the dreamers, the rule-breakers, the ones who never grow up.

JULY 29: Out There
Out There takes viewers to a variety of breaks around the world, showcasing the cutting edge surfing of today. Through the eyes and experiences of surfers and locals, the film takes a thought-provoking look into the environmental destruction threatening key surf spots such as Trestles in Southern California, surf in Southern Chile threatened by pulp mills, Teahupoo and its growing popularity, mainland Mexico, North Shore Hawaii near the Turtle Bay development and beyond.

 AUGUST 5:   Watermark
Watermark is a visually stunning documentary from multiple-award winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky. The film brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. We see massive floating abalone farms off China’s Fujian coast and the construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world – the Xiluodu, six times the size of the Hoover. We witness how humans are drawn to water, from the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach to the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, where thirty million people gather for a sacred bath in the Ganges at the same time. We speak with scientists who drill ice cores two kilometers deep into the Greenland Ice Sheet, and explore the sublime pristine watershed of Northern British Columbia. Shot in stunning 5K ultra high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terraforming element, as well as the magnitude of our need and use.

AUGUST 6:   Art & Copy
A thoroughly entertaining documentary about the art in ad industry and the people who make it sparkle. From the creative revolution of the 1960s, artists and writers have brought a surprisingly rebellious spirit to their work in an industry known for pandering and manipulation. Featuring the brilliant campaigns behind everything from cars to presidents, Art & Copy takes us inside the powerful machine of advertising and brings to light the profound influence the industry enjoys by tapping into the zeitgeist of popular culture.

AUGUST 19:   Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven
Phyllis Ellis’ documentary is equal parts mystery, history and adventure. Algoma’s tangled wilderness and Lake Superior’s North Shore inspired The Group of Seven in their formative years; young artists searching to articulate the Canadian landscape. Now, three modern-day adventurers, bushwhack through forests and seek out the vistas that inspired these artists. Seeing the iconic paintings side by side with the locations that inspired them is a reminder of art’s power and this land’s beauty.

AUGUST 26: 40 Days at Base Camp
With 40 Days at Base Camp, Canadian award winning filmmaker Dianne Whelan captures a fascinating, intimate portrayal of life at the base of Mt. Everest, the ‘goddess’ to the local people and a place of staggering physical and spiritual beauty. The film sheds a provocative light on a community of people that are brought together in their quest to reach the top of the world and the challenges that journey brings.

 SEPTEMBER 2: Jeremy Jones’ Higher
Ten-time Big Mountain Rider of the Year winner Jeremy Jones revolutionized backcountry snowboarding with his film Deeper. His 2012 sequel, Further, took him to the planet’s most remote mountain ranges, and his environmental advocacy work with Protect Our Winters won him recognition as one of President Barack Obama’s 2013 Champions of Change. Higher traces Jones’ snowboarding journey from hiking Cape Cod’s Jailhouse Hill as a child to accumulating several generations’ worth of wisdom and expertise about thriving and surviving in the winter wilderness.

The best climbing film ever? This exhilarating, immersive documentary showcases three extraordinary climbers’ efforts to be the first to scale the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru, the Himalayas’ most daunting challenge. Directors Jimmy Chin, a top climber, and E. Chai Vasarhelyi, a celebrated documentarian, detail the perils of this 1,500-foot wall of sheer, smooth granite and delve into the



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