FAQs

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Frequently asked questions

How do I submit my documentary film for the Festival?

We welcome film submissions, and there is no fee for sending your film for consideration. All online links or DVDs (NTSC or Blu-Ray) must be received by October 15th for the following year's Festival. Please complete our online Submissions form. You can mail DVDs to: Jane Aitken, Salt Spring Film Festival Society, PO Box 741, Ganges, Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2W3, Canada.

We also welcome suggestions from the community. If there's a film you've seen or heard about, and would like us to consider it for our program, contact us at submissions@saltspringfilmfestival.com by October 15th.

When does the Festival take place?

The Salt Spring Film Festival takes place on the first weekend in March. The 19th Festival is March 2nd - 4th 2018. We begin with the Friday Night Opening Gala (doors at 5:30pm and film at 7:00pm) and continue with two full screening days on Saturday and Sunday (10:00am-6:00pm each day).

Where is the Festival held?

The Festival takes place at Gulf Islands Secondary School (GISS), Rainbow Road, Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2K3.

When do you release your program?

The Festival guide will be released online and in print versions mid February. Watch for details on our website, on our Facebook page, on our Twitter feed and on the Salt Spring Exchange.

Do you show only documentaries?

At the Festival weekend we show a feast of documentaries. You'll see films that bring the issues of our time to life. Films about food, art and music from India to our own back yard; social justice issues from Alberta to Iran; and inspiring films about the environment and human rights.

During the year we also bring you the "best of the fest international film series". These are the very best independent films from festivals around the world. The films shown are usually feature films and on occasion an award-winning documentary.

How and when do I buy tickets?

Weekend passes and day passes are required for access to the Festival. For more information, see our Box office page.

When do the films start during the weekend?

Saturday and Sunday films continue throughout the day beginning at 10am. Please remember to arrive in plenty of time for the films that you wish to see in order to get a seat. Our programme of films will be finalized shortly.

What happens at the Friday Night Opening Gala?

Doors open for the Gala at 5:30pm when delicious dinners and desserts are available with live music entertainment. Opening ceremonies and the featured film start at 7:00pm. Tickets for the gala are $15, available at the door. Or, if you purchase a weekend pass in advance, the Friday night gala is included.

How can I volunteer at the Festival?

During the Festival weekend we rely on over 100 volunteers in a variety of roles, including reception and hospitality desk, set-up and take-down, decor and signage, projectionist, hall monitor, food service and social justice bazaar. If you'd like to volunteer for any of these positions please complete the Volunteer application form.

How can I advertise my business at the Festival?

There are various sponsorship packages available, offering smart and cost effective marketing for your business. Find out more about becoming a Business sponsor.

How can I donate to the Salt Spring Film Festival?

Bringing the best selection of documentary films to the Festival relies on the generous donations of patrons. You'll receive a CRA tax-deductible receipt for all donations over $25. Find out more about making an Individual Donation.

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