The third annual Cumberland Mountain Amateur Film
Festival was successfully held recently at the Riding Fool Hostel in Cumberland.
Tickets were quickly sold out to a eager crowd, who enjoyed a night of outstanding ﬁlms. Further, the festival helped to raise over $2,100 for the Cumberland Community Forest Society.
According to Andrew Nicoll, president of CCFS, “This, along with other recent donations, is very much appreciated as we are about to kick off a major fundraising campaign to expand the Cumberland Community Forest.”
The festival began with a ﬁlm by talented ﬁlmmaker Aaron Larocque, starring Jarret Moore and Dean Tennant as they mountain-biked the challenging trails of Victoria.
The ﬁlm festival included a wide range of ﬁlm topics for everyone to enjoy, including: mountain biking, kiteboarding in extreme weather, beautiful scenic paddling, talented trials biking, wet winter kayaking, high performance surﬁng, technical skateboarding, crafty artistic videos, ice climbing, handcrafted surfboard making and dangerous backcountry skiing. Various ﬁlms stood out as crowd favourites and the high calibre of quality ﬁlmmaking across the board was evident.
Filmmaker Mark Wyatt and artist Randy Weﬂen submitted a wonderful ﬁlm showcasing Randy handcrafting beautiful custom hollow cedar surfboards known as Weﬁ Surfboards in Lantzville.
Quebec connection Gabriel Cote Valiquette and Raphael Boudreault Simard took a break from their local environment and set out on a mission to kayak the cold, challenging rivers of Vancouver Island. They clearly enjoyed their three-week kayaking
trip and had a rare opportunity to take full advantage of the beauty Vancouver Island has to offer.
Local characters Mike Waters, John Waters and Curtis Lyon displayed their talented skills by creating a technical ﬁlm featuring ice climbing at Boston Falls near Mount Becher. Their experience and skills made for an ‘’on the edge of your seat’’ ﬁlm and the crowd was relieved to see they ﬁnished their day safely and successfully.
The closing ﬁlm, Here to There, was created by ﬁlmmaker Jan Erik Blomberg from Finland featuring himself, Arto Majava and Jani Nygard on an epic ski adventure visiting various ski locations around the world and local areas such as Mount Cain.
The Cumberland Mountain Amateur Film Festival team consisted of: Genevieve Burdett, Leon James Davies, Kevin McPhedran, Adam Silverstein, Rachael Black, Darcy Lefebvre, Mike Morris, Jane Podmore, Neil Borecky, and Emily Oriss.
For more information or to submit a ﬁlm for next year’s Cumberland Mountain Amateur Film Festival, contact cumberlandﬁlmfest@gmail.com.
— Cumberland Mountain Film Festival