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Mountain film festival in Chilliwack

Photo from “The Last Great Climb,” directed by Alastair Lee—one of the finalists in the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival.  - Submitted
Photo from “The Last Great Climb,” directed by Alastair Lee—one of the finalists in the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival.
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Get an adrenaline rush that will blow your usual night at the movies clean out of the water when the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival brings its “Best of the Fest” to Chilliwack.

The best-of format showcases some of the winners from this prestigious outdoor film festival in an extra special program at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on March 28.

Experience sights, sounds and cinema that will leave you astounded, and treat your senses to the spirit and majesty of the great outdoors in a way usually reserved for the most daredevil of adventurers, all from the comfort (and safety) of comfortable theatre seats.

Whether you are an intrepid extreme sports enthusiast, or prefer to experience the great outdoors from a more secure location than a sheer cliff face, this selection of award-winning cinema is sure to get your heart racing. Prepare to witness jaw-dropping extreme exploits and all manner of adventures in some of the most dramatic and thrilling environments around the world. Soak up these experiences in some of the most visually striking and challenging cinema to ever be produced.

Now in its 17th year, the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival came to life with the intention of bringing the unique and active lifestyle of the outdoor enthusiast to an urban environment, and provide North Vancouver with a forum for adrenaline junkies to revel in their passion. Growing every year and gaining momentum as the premiere event in the Lower Mainland’s extreme sports calendar, the festival has evolved from a three-day event to a nine-day extravaganza of film, speakers and activities, that then takes its “Best of the Fest” selection to 30 communities across Canada. Beginning with an audience of 1,700, the event now attracts 20,000 viewers, touching the inner-adventurer in hearts around the country.

Adding a local touch to this celebration of the great outdoors will be Chilliwack’s own Sam Waddington, owner of Mt. Waddington’s Outdoors and ambassador for the astonishing landscapes we admire in the valley every day. Sam has been working on making the most of our area’s incredible natural environment, and increasing Chilliwack’s profile in the extreme sports world as a hotspot for mountaineering, kayaking and more. Waddington will select films from the winners of the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival awards as curator of the local event.

The showing is March 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the main theatre at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. For tickets, $18, call the centre box office at 604-391-SHOW (7469), visit in person or purchase online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca.

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