Kamloops Film Festival sets record attendance; winners announced

The Kamloops Film Festival has a new all-time best attendance record.

A total of 5,252 attended the festival's 23 films and additional events, held this year from March 7 to March 16.

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The previous record was set at the 20th anniversary festival in 2016.

With 577 in attendance, the most popular film this year was This Mountain Life, the story of a mother and daughter’s six-month trek through the province’s treacherous Coast Mountains.

KFF audiences also had the opportunity to vote on each film. Coming in first this year was The Grizzlies with a rating of 9.68 out of 10 — the highest audiences have ever rated a KFF film.

Following up was Frozen: Sing-Along Edition (9.51), Capernaum (9.26), Finding Big Country (9.23), Never Look Away (9.19), This Mountain Life (9.19), Ben is Back (9.02), Sink or Swim (8.92), Sir (8.76), Kayak to Klemtu (8.57), Cold War (8.16), Edge of the Knife (7.86), Roma (7.85), Shoplifters (7.81), At Eternity's Gate (7.79), Anthropocene (7.75), The Bromley Boys (7.48), The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova (7.46), Wildlife (7.35), Suspiria (7.25), The House That Jack Built (6.64), Vox Lux (6.23) and Circle of Steel (5.73).

The winners of the Kamloops Independent Short Short (KISS) festival have also been announced. 

The Wolf in the Woods by Kora Vanderlip took first place, followed by The Truth About Jacko Lake by Michael P. Wright and Tomato by Todd Sullivan.

Special jury prizes were awarded to Truth is No Longer by Leon Racicot, The Line Between Us by Pandy Duplessis, Halloween 2018 by Russell Walton and Crop Bandit by Nikolai Jedyk.

The youth prize was awarded to Isabelle Sedlar for The Blue Apple, while the young adult prize went to Phoenix Guzzo for Perception of Existence

Frank Ritcey was given the TNRD award for Totally Natural Regional District.

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