The Salt of the Earth

The work of social photographer Sebastião Salgado

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Crossing continents

A lifetime travelling through 100 countries

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Lives through a lens

Capturing humanity - in conflict, on the move

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A voice to the people

Never voyeuristic, always empathetic

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Welcome to the start of our 17th film festival season. We're excited to be bringing another high quality series of features and documentaries to Salt Spring Island in the months leading up to the 2016 festival. To whet your appetite for the wonderful films we'll be showing next March, our pre-festival season launches with The Salt of the Earth. This stunning and award-winning documentary is about the life and work of Brazilian social photojournalist Sebastião Salgado.
Join us at ArtSpring on Wednesday October 21st, 7.30pm. Tickets are $10 and you can buy them in advance here.

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2016 festival

The 17th annual Salt Spring Film Festival will take place March 4th-6th, at GISS (Gulf Islands Secondary School). We welcome free submissions from fimmakers, and film suggestions until October 15th. Complete our online Submissions form.

Social Justice Bazaar

During the Festival weekend the Salt Spring Film Festival Society hosts a Social Justice Bazaar. Many local organizations gather to educate the audience of their activities in the social fabric of Salt Spring Island.


The Salt Spring Film Festival is a non-profit charitable society incorporated in 2008, whose mission is to educate, inspire and activate our community through a festival of documentary film from Canada and around the world.

Audience favourites 2015

All The Time In The World

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The Price We Pay

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This Ain't No Mouse Music!

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Coastal Tarsands

Is the public getting all the facts when it comes to deciding the fate of BC's Northwest coast…