OVERVIEW

Co-founded in 2018 by Creston-area filmmakers Mark Wolfe and Kerrry McArthur, the KFS quickly earned success by joining forces with local artists Richard Reeves, Alison Masters and Gary Deatherage in launching the first 7th Siding Festival of Film – an event that attracted short and feature-length films from across western Canada.  In 2020, 7th Siding attracted more than 1000 films nationally and internationally and in 2021 gave strong indication of becoming an established international film festival, attracting almost 2000 entries.

 

Membership in the KFS is automatic with the purchase of a ticket for any viewing event of current 7th Siding Festival of Film season, which usually starts in August.  

 

 

MANDATE

Our mandate is to promote the awareness, enjoyment and education of the cinema arts, including but not limited to:

Encouraging cinema arts as a personal and/or professional pursuit 

Advancing cinema arts and related activities (eg. video production) via workshops, film festivals and related activity

Supporting cinema arts work generally in the community through the activities of the Society’s elected representatives

Engaging like-minded groups and individuals throughout the Kootenay region via web-based, social media and/or print communication vehicles

Positioning and promoting the Kootenay region as a natural home for cinema arts development and appreciation.

CONSTITUTION

 

Section I – NAME

 

The name of this Society is Kootenay Film Society

The Society will operate as a non-profit organization with no personal financial benefit accruing to members.

The business of the Society will be unbiased in respect of race, religion, gender, politics, sexual orientation, and physical or mental ability.

 

 

Section II – PURPOSES OF THE Society

 

 

The purposes of the Society shall be to promote the awareness, enjoyment and education of the cinema arts, including but not limited to:


Encouraging cinema arts as a personal and/or professional pursuit 

Advancing cinema arts and related activities (eg. video production) via workshops, film festivals and related activity

Supporting cinema arts work generally in the community through the activities of the Society’s elected representatives

Engaging like-minded groups and individuals throughout the Kootenay region via web-based, social media and/or print communication vehicles

Positioning and promoting the Kootenay region as a natural home for cinema arts development and appreciation.

 

 

Section III -- INTERPRETATION OF TERMS

 

“cinema arts” means any personal and/or public exploration and/or exhibition of moving picture production

 

“professional pursuit” means any effort to produce and/or advance awareness/appreciation of the cinema arts at an industry-standard level and/or in a publicly edifying manner

 

“like-minded groups” means any formal or informal collection of cinema arts scholars, patrons, proponents, producers and/or fans/consumers interested and active participants in the advancement of any one or combination of cinema arts awareness, understanding, communication, production, dissemination and appreciation.

 

“Kootenay region” refers to the established geographical and electoral territories of British Columbia, extending roughly from the Alberta border with southeast B.C., along the U.S. to Grand Forks and the Paulson Pass to the Arrow lakes at Galena Bay

 

“a natural home” is as defined as a municipality, area or region where the cinema arts already comprises – or has the potential to flourish as – a vibrant set of interests and activities contributing to the cultural fabric and overall socio-economic well-being of the community.