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Local film climbs into International Festival

Clayton Arnall, Andy White (pictured), Jason Duris and Staci White produced and star in the film, called ‘The Fields: A Bouldering Film’. It made its first public appearance as a local feature of the 2013 VIMFF in Kelowna last year.
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January 16, 2014 - 12:04 PM

KELOWNA - A film made by four Okanagan locals about an emerging new sport has been selected for the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival.

Clayton Arnall, Andy White, Jason Duris and Staci White produced and star in the film, called ‘The Fields: A Bouldering Film’. It made its first public appearance as a local feature of the 2013 VIMFF in Kelowna last year.

“When it was shown in Kelowna there were a lot of people that liked it,” Arnall says. “I thought there was a reasonable chance that it would be selected because they like films that are made in B.C.”

Arnall says that although he did not make the film for festivals, the broad approach he took will likely appeal to both climbers and non-climbers alike.

“I don’t know what my chances are," he says. "There is a lot of good stuff that come out (of the VIMFF). I’d be pretty surprised if I won.”

VIMFF is a nine-day event held in several venues around Vancouver. It features live presentations, films, photography, live music, and international film and photo competitions. VIMFF also travels to around 30 communities with the Best of the Fest Tour, and runs additional shows at the Fall Speaker Series in North Vancouver.

The Festival events now attract more than 20,000 viewers each year in North Vancouver, Greater Vancouver and the rest of Canada. It takes place February 7-15.

VIMFF is unique to North Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada, with the Banff Mountain Film Festival being the only other festival in Canada comparable in size and reputation.

The films will be judged by a panel that look for production value, content and appeal.

“That’s the nice thing about festivals,” Arnall says. “I really don’t like popular vote competitions. I did one once and you have to bother all your friends, post all the time on Facebook asking people to vote, and in the end it doesn’t really matter how good something is. It’s just about how big of a social media campaign you run. In most film festivals there are actual judges so it means more.”

The Fields: A Bouldering Film from Arnall's website.

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