Inspired by the popularity of Indie Films Fernie monthly screenings, a dedicated group of volunteers decided to plan a festival in honour of Canadian Film. The first Reel Canadian Film Festival was held in Fernie in 2009 with 4 feature films and a sold-out opening night.
Over more than a decade, the Reel Canadian Film Festival has remained firm in its dedication to showcase the talent, skill, diversity, and independence of the Canadian Film Industry. The festival features the year’s best Canadian productions, International films with Canadian locations, and any feature that celebrates the talents of Canadian actors, directors, cinematographers, and supporting crew-members. REEL is proud to work with major Canadian Film Festivals including TIFF, CUFF, CIFF, EIFF and independent film houses.
The Reel Canadian Film Festival was first held in 2009, and organised by a committee of the The Arts Station. The Reel Canadian Film Society was founded in 2018 to continue the legacy and present an exceptional festival on an annual basis. REEL will continue to showcase award-winning feature films, shorts and children’s programming, gala receptions and special guests.
We have been proud to welcome many celebrated guests, including:
- Michael McGowan
- Stephen Lobo
- Jay Brazeau
- David Lawrence
- Su-An Ng
- Sean Garrity
- Miriam Needoba & Jim Lawrence
- Image Nation Films – Philip, Terry & Caitlin
- Josh Epstein
- Florence Barrett
- David Ray
- Emma Grabinsky
- Andrew McNee
- Siobhan Williams
- Russ Sheppard
- Craig Pryce
- Jonas Chernick
Recognized as a destination event, REEL is now a firm favourite on the Fernie events calendar, attracting a passionate local and visiting audience.
2020-2021 Reel Canadian Film Society Board of Directors
- Rebecca Hall | President
- Jim MacKinnon | Vice-President
- Lynn Rogers | Treasurer
- Deborah Patrick | Secretary
- Kevin Allen
- Debbie Boulton
- Hilary Deluca
- Suzanne Champagne (March – September)
- Susan Lee
- The Board is supported by a number of committees and volunteers