The Salt Spring Film Festival Society is a non-profit charitable society incorporated in 2008, whose mission is to educate, inspire and activate our community through a Festival of independent documentary film from Canada and around the world. We present films that explore social justice, the environment, art and culture, politics and food security. Filmmakers are invited to the Festival to present their films and lead lively discussions.
Therin Gower / President
Jim Meadows / Vice President
Melissa Searcy / Secretary
Neil Martin / Treasurer
Katharine Atkins / Director
Diane Copeland Thomas / Director
Bruce Eggertson / Director
Cliff Knox / Director
Connie Kuhns / Director
Diana Morris Knox / Director
Dave Vollrath / Director
James Cowan / Festival Manager
Jane Aitken / Festival Administrator
Neil Martin / Box Office
James Cowan / Communications
Diana Morris Knox / Decor
Noni Peck / Food
Richard MacKinnon / Fundraising
Jane Aitken & Diane Copeland Thomas / Graphics
Therin Gower / Hospitality
Cliff Knox / Logistics
Therin Gower / Membership
Judy McPhee / Projectionists
Patricia Lockie / Publicity
Maggie Ziegler / Social Justice Bazaar
Dave Vollrath / Technical
Katharine Atkins / Venue set-up
Therin Gower / Volunteers
Alastair Aitken / Website
The Festival Roots reach back to 1996, when Islanders Bob Wild, Marg and Art Simons were inspired to create a Film Festival on Salt Spring. The Anglican Church offered their basement and for two years, Salt Spring piggy-backed on the resources of the Courtenay Festival and a documentary Film Festival was born. With an infusion of ideas and energy from Jane Squier and Maggie Schubart, the Festival was revived in 1999 as the “Our Island, Our World Film Festival.” Another injection of new energy spurred the Festival further on in 2006 and as a reflection of its growth, the Festival is now a registered educational society, the Salt Spring Film Festival Society, with an active board of directors and a growing membership and a new name: the “Salt Spring Film Festival.”
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.
Delicious Organic Local Food to satisfy the appetites of film lovers is prepared by Chef Mark Kilner and the GISS culinary program students, Jana's Bake Shop, and Laughing Daughters Gluten Free Foods.
Other Events As well, the Society presents other film nights, events and workshops throughout the year to encourage local filmmakers and to cultivate the appreciation of documentary film on Salt Spring Island.
Community Support remains the heart of the Festival: around 100 volunteers, numerous individual donors and business community advertisers make the festival possible.
Help make it happen.