The Festival

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.

Since 1996

History of the Festival


Therin Gower, President
David Abbey, Vice President
Bruce Eggertson, Secretary
Neil Martin, Treasurer
Katharine Atkins, Director
Diane Copeland Thomas, Director
Cliff Knox, Director
Leith Martin, Director
Sylvia Spring, Director


James Cowan, Festival Manager
Steve Martindale, Programming & Marketing


Decor: Diana Morris Knox
Filmmaker Interviews: Jennifer Cikaluk
Food: Leith Martin & Diane Minichiello
Fundraising: Therin Gower
Graphics: Tracy Harrison, Diane Copeland Thomas & Judy McPhee
Hospitality: David Abbey
Logistics: Cliff Knox
Membership: Steve Martindale
Program Guide & Website: Steve Martindale
Projectionists: Judy McPhee
Social Justice Bazaar: Brook Holdack
Technical: James Cowan
Venue Set-Up: Katharine Atkins
Volunteers: Therin Gower
Zero Waste Management: Marcelle Roy
Box Office: Bruce Eggertson