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Posted: November 4, 2019

CBCB film festival stopping in Fernie

With a nod to the highly-successful Big Rock Brewery Film Festival’s ‘Eddies’ awards, the Craft Brews of the Columbia Basin (CBCB)  Film Competition was developed as a program within The Nelson Civic Theatre Society’s, Kootenay Screen-Based Industry initiative, which seeks to develop the professional film sector in the Kootenays.

Supported by craft breweries from the East and West Kootenay, CBCB was designed as a fun and low-pressure prompt for local emerging and professional filmmakers to practice their craft with creative control with a chance at some great cash prizes. Simultaneously, CBCB brings great exposure for regional tourism and the craft brewery industry in the Kootenay East and West Rockies.

CBCB is a competition for emerging or professional filmmakers, plus emerging or professional beer enthusiasts. They’ve all been asked to create an ‘outside of the box’ beer commercial or short film featuring one of the 10 participating Columbia Basin craft breweries, including: Angry Hen Brewing; Backroads Brewing; Fernie Brewing Co; Fisher Peak Brewing Co; Mt Begbie Brewing Co; Nelson Brewing Company; Rossland Beer Company; Torchlight Brewing; Trail Beer Refinery; Whitetooth Brewing Co.

Films premiered at the second Annual Craft Brews of the Columbia Basin Film Competition gala screening in Nelson on October 10, before touring to theatres in the communities of participating breweries throughout October (BC Craft Beer Month) and November.

Remaining tour dates:

  • Fernie – November 7 at The Vogue Theatre;
  • Trail – November 14 at The Royal Theatre;
  • Kaslo – November 28 at The Langham Cultural Centre;
  • Revelstoke – November 29 at The Roxy Theatre.

A Cranbrook show is also being organized with details to come.

The top three films will be determined by jury and will receive cash prizes provided by the breweries. First Prize: $1,750; Second Prize: $1,000; Third Prize: $750.

The top pick for audience choice (the ‘Growler’ award) will be given out at each screening along the tour, with the filmmaker receiving the most Growlers to be awarded the ‘Golden Growler’ Audience Choice Award and an additional cash prize valued at $1,500.

“The energy level of audiences getting to see their community’s creative talent making fun of grassroots commercials for their own local watering holes on the cinema big screen is contagious and hugely fun.” Said Nelson Civic Theatre‘s Programming Director Jason Asbell.

We’d like to thank Columbia Basin Trust, Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism, our neighbouring British Columbia destination marketing organizations, the BC Craft Brewers Guild and of course, all of our wonderful participating breweries for their continued support.

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