FLIKS - Film Lovers in the Kootenays
Canadian FLIKS Festival
What good is a country & people who don't share their own culture & stories? Canadian film is internationally recognized for its innovation & quality, yet there have been times when it has gone unnoticed in Canada . Film scholar Peter Harcourt coined Canadian Cinema as "The Invisible Cinema". Join us in being part of that change!


The CDN FLiKS Fest is finished for another year and some profound thanks are due.

Thank you firstly to everyone who came out to see this great Canadian film fare on a sunny weekend. If you didnt come, we wouldn't be here...and after ten years FLiKS is still able to go on thanks to your participation.

A special thank you to the filmmakers and distributors who allowed us to screen their wonderful films...especially Velcrow Ripper who sent us a wonderful virtual introduction from Brooklyn for his inspiring film OCCUPY LOVE .

Thank you to the volunteers who come back year after year, including Nancy "the hostess with the most-est" , Mary the cash queen, Catherine, Janis, Elaine, Hannah, Karen and Judy, and Liz who wanted to be with us but was home with the sniffles. Thanks to the Capitol Theatre and staff Harvey, Eva, Terry, Stephanie and Brad.

And to our longtime sponsors, Kootenay Coop Store, Kootenay Coop Radio and Otter Books... We couldnt continue without your contributions. And thanks to Fomis Bakery in Winlaw who baked us two wonderful 10th birthday cakes that we gobbled down before the OCCUPY LOVE screening.

the big 10

Friday Feb 8

7 pm   Becoming Redwood
9 pm   Lunarcy!

Saturday Feb 9

1 pm   The Fruit Hunters
3 pm   The World Before Her
7 pm   Occupy LOVE
9 pm  

Stories We Tell

printable FEST Program  


The Canadian F.L.I.K.S. Festival 
February 8 - 9, 2013
Nelson BC's 20th Annual Canadian Film Festival.


Since this is the 20th anniversary of Canadian Film Festivals in Nelson, we'd be remiss if we didn't thank the efforts and dedication of the organisers of previous festivals.

And without the help of our sponsors, we simply could not bring this great Canadian film fare to you. Thank you!


Admission $10 per film ($10.25 online ) or $35 Fest pass. Prices include hst.

Tickets & individual passes are on sale at Otter Books in Nelson or online here.

Passes are limited, so get yours early to avoid dissapointment. Pls buy your tix online before Feb 7.

ONLINE TICKET SALES are shut down now so we can have your tickets ready at will call for tonight. Tickets can still be bought in person at OTTER BOOKS and at the CAPITOL THEATRE an hour before the films start.

TIckets for OCCUPY LOVE & STORIES WE TELL are selling quickly!

Becoming Redwood


becmoing redwood

Written & Directed by Jesse James Miller
Producers: Joely Collins, Chad Willett
Cast: Ryan Grantham, Jennifer Copping, Chad Willett, Derek Hamilton, Scott Hylands


Friday Feb 8, 7 pm

Most popular Canadian Film at VIFF and Edmonton Film Festival opener.

An inspiring dramatic comedy about eleven year old Redwood Forrest Hanson who dreams that if he can beat Jack Nicklaus at the 1975 Masters of golf, he will reunite his parents. Voted most popular Canadian Film at VIFF. 98 min. PG.

link to BECOMING REDWOOD Website

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Citizen Jones Production
Directed by Simon Ennis
Produced by Jonas Bell Pasht
Executive Producer Ron Mann
Executive Producer Jonah Bekho


Friday, February 8, 9 pm

A fun, touching film to start the festival off with.

With wry humor and affection, Simon Ennis’ Lunarcy! follows a disparate group of dreamers and schemers who share one thing in common; they’ve all devoted their lives to the Moon. From the former ventriloquist who’s made millions selling Moon lots to the young man who’s resolved to depart for Luna (permanently), Lunarcy! is a touching and comic portrait of passion, creativity and quixotic dreams. 80 mins. PG

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the Fruit Hunters

Director:Yung Chang
Writer: Yung Chang, Mark Slutsky
Producer: Mila Aung-Thwin, Katherine Baulu, Bob Moore

The Fruit Hunters

Sat, February 9, 1 pm

An important and seductive film on the quest for fruit, sponsored by our good friends at The Kootenay Coop Store (who have sponsored the fest for 9 years now!).

Hunting mangoes in Borneo, scouring Renaissance paintings for ancient, lost figs, uncovering the secrets of tastebud-altering Miracle Fruit: The Fruit Hunters tells a story of adventure, desire and obsession.

Directed by: Yung Chang

You can find them deep in the jungles of Borneo, in the hills of Umbria and perhaps even in your own backyard. They are fruit hunters, the subjects of the new film from acclaimed director Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze, China Heavyweight).

The Fruit Hunters travels across culture, history and geography to show how intertwined we are with the fruits we eat. Our guides are devoted fruit fanatics. Movie star Bill Pullman’s obsession leads him on a crusade to create a community orchard in the Hollywood Hills. Adventurers Noris Ledesma and Richard Campbell scour the jungle for rare mangos, hoping to intervene before the plants are steamrolled by industrialization. Pioneering scientist Juan Aguilar races to breed bananas resistant to a deadly fungus that threatens the worldwide crop. And fruit detectives including Isabella Dalla Ragione investigate Renaissance-era paintings for clues, hoping to rediscover lost fruits. And, of course, there are the fruits themselves, presented in all their mouthwatering glory: cherimoyas, ice cream beans, durians and more.

A cinematic odyssey through nature and commerce, The Fruit Hunters will change not only the way we look at what we eat  but how we view our relationship to the natural world. 95 MInutes. PG.

sponsors of the CDN FLIKS fest for years!

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Director: Nisha Pahuja

The World Before Her

Sat, February 9, 3 pm

"A definite must watch" The Huffington Post. One of TIFF's Top Ten Cdn Films of 2012.

In the lobby of a modest Bombay hotel, 20 young women from across India arrive for an intense, month-long beauty boot camp. They are the hand-picked contestants for the Miss India pageant, the ultimate glamour event in a country that has gone mad for beauty contests. Winning the coveted title means instant stardom, a lucrative career path and, for some girls, freedom from the constraints of a patriarchal society. But as the popularity of pageants has exploded, so have the controversies surrounding them. Through dramatic vérité action and unprecedented behind-the-scenes access, The World Before Her sweeps back the curtain to reveal the intimate stories of young women determined to win the crown and the forces that oppose them. Hindu fundamentalists view pageants and their "international" beauty standards as immoral and a symbol of the rapid Westernization of India; protests are common.

Yet amid pageant dazzle and heated rhetoric, filmmaker Nisha Pahuja ensures the faces and voices of India's young women remain front stage centre. As the contestants move through beauty boot camp, Pahuja travels to another corner of India to visit an annual camp for young girls run by the Durgha Vahini, the women's wing of the militant fundamentalist movement. Through lectures and physical combat training, the girls learn what it means to be good Hindu women and how to fight against Islam, Christianity and Western influences by any means necessary. The Indian government says these camps promote terrorism and is trying to ban them. Until now, they have never been filmed. At the camp we meet a dynamic Durgha Vahini youth leader who has already fought on the front lines and says she is willing to die for her beliefs. Yet her passionate desire to work for the cause sparks constant household friction; her father insists she will marry and soon.

Moving between the transformative action at both camps and the characters' private lives, The World Before Her creates a lively, provocative portrait of the world's largest democracy at a critical transitional moment. These young women may represent opposing extremes but in their hearts they share a common dream: to help shape the future of India as she meets the world before her. 90 MInutes. PG.

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Director: Velcrow Ripper
Producers: Ian MacKenzie (Ian made ONE WEEK JOB which screened at the FLIKS fest), Nova Ami
Exec Producer: Betsy Carson, Catherine Tate, Greg Hill


Occupy Love

Sat, February 9, 7 pm

Velcrow has presented at past FLIKS fests and he has kept his promise to share OCCUPY LOVE, the third in a trilogy on transformation, to Kootenay audiences. Thankyou Velcrow!

"What the film shows, triumphantly, is that love can unite as much as greed can divide." – Vancouver International Film Festival.

"Visually stunning, politically incendiary, audaciously inspiring. Occupy Love is a masterpiece." – Ethan Cox, Rabble

Funded by the film community through two Kickstart and Indigogo campaigns!

Join acclaimed director Velcrow Ripper on a journey deep inside  the global revolution of the heart that is erupting around the planet.

From the Arab Spring to the European Summer, from the Occupy Movement to the global climate justice movement, a profound shift is taking place: humanity is waking up to the fact that the dominant system of power is failing to provide us with health, happiness or meaning.   The old paradigm that concentrates wealth, founded on the greed of the few, is collapsing. Endless growth on a finite planet cannot be sustained.   The resulting crisis has become the catalyst for a profound transformation:  millions of people are deciding that enough is enough –  the time has come to create a new world, a world that works for all life.

Woven throughout the moving, action oriented backbone of the story, is a deep  exploration of the heart of the movement, the meaning of  love, and concrete examples of just what “another world” could look like, featuring some of the world’s key visionaries on alternative systems of economics, sustainability, and empathy.

This is a film of many voices. Prominent figures such as Judy Rebick, Jeremy Rifkin, bell hooks and Naomi Klein speak to Ripper, but they’re never differentiated from the mass of unified protesters.

Occupy Love is  a moving, transformative, heartfelt film, featuring Ripper’s signature stunning visuals and rich soundscapes.  A  powerful cinematic experience that will leave audiences inspired.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT: Occupy Love is the movie I have been waiting to make, all my life.  Today’s global awakening is what my earlier films have been anticipating and fostering – a current of potential that was pulsing  and rumbling, just below the surface. Suddenly the volcano has erupted.  As the popular Occupy sign reads, “The Beginning is Here.”

Here's a clip called "Revolution is Love"...trailer is coming soon.

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Written And Directed By Sarah Polley
Produced By Anita Lee
Executive Producer Silva Basmajian
Editor Michael Munn
Director Of Photography Iris Ng
Production Designer Lea Carlson
Costume Designer Sarah Armstrong
Sound Recordist Sanjay Mehta
Music Arranged By Jonathan Goldsmith
Casting By John Buchan C.S.A. & Jason Knight C.S.A. Narration By Michael Polley

Stories We Tell

Sat, February 9, 9 pm

Sarah Polly (Away From Her, Take this Waltz) takes on teh documentary form in this inspiring film about family and memory.. Multiaward winner including the 2012 Rodgers Best Canadian Films and one of TIFF's Top 10 Cdn films of 2012.

In this inspired, genre-twisting new film, Oscar®-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who’s telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions. As each relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of their mother, who departed too soon, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: always complicated, warmly messy and fiercely loving. Stories We Tell explores the elusive nature of truth and memory, but at its core is a deeply personal film about how our narratives shape and define us as individuals and families, all interconnecting to paint a profound, funny and poignant picture of the larger human story. 108 mins. 14A.


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Individual Tickets $10 ($10.25 if you purchase online)

Full Festival Passes $35 (PASSES are individual)
Tickets & individual passes on sale at Otter Books in Nelson or online here. Passes are limited this year, so get yours early to avoid dissapointment. All prices include hst.

ONLINE TICKET SALES are shut down now so we can have your tickets ready at will call for tonight. Tickets can still be bought in person at OTTER BOOKS and at the CAPITOL THEATRE an hour before the films start.

& STORIES WE TELL are selling quickly!

If you're stuck or want to ask a festival question, call FLIKS at 250-226-0097 (not Otter Books). Thx!


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Theatre Procedures

The festival is held at the CAPITOL THEATRE on Victoria street in Nelson.

If you have a pass or a ticket, please go to the TICKET HOLDER LINEUP.

If you need to buy a pass or a ticket, go to the RUSH LINEUP.

PASSHOLDERS, please arrive 15 minutes before show-time to be guaranteed a seat.

Please note in order to keep the theatre as beautiful as it is, the Capitol Theatre does not allow food and drink (other than water) inside the theatre proper. But food and drink may be consumed in the lobby. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Without the help of FLIKS’ sponsors, supporters, volunteers & you our audience, we would not be able to bring this festival to Nelson or screen eclectic, independent films throughout the Kootenays.

We can’t tell you how much your support, attendance & kind words of encouragement means. Thank you!


and Baker Street
sandwich board wranglers.

Otter Books


Festival Sponsors (for 9 years running now)



Kootenay Coop Country Store

Radio Coverage





The festival needs volunteers that can commit to one day of service in exchange for films, food, fun and satisfaction that you are supporting Canadian film exhibition. We need cashiers, ushers, ticket-takers & crowd wranglers. . Contact us if you'd like to volunteer.

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