Dedicated to filmmakers who spark awareness of mountain cultures, fragile environments, and the passion and perseverance of global explorers.
Featuring a diverse selection of the year's best outdoor films with topics ranging from rock climbing to eco-travel, community building in remote communities, to the preservation of our planet's most fragile ecosystems. Films at the Fernie Mountain Film Festival (FMFF) are stunning, informative and entertaining.
The two-night event at the Fernie Community Centre typically includes over a dozen films, including feature films and a selection of the year's best short films highlighting outdoor activities, adventures, and mountain passions.
Tickets are available to purchase in advance online and at the door, subject to availability.
Friday Night: $20
Saturday Night: $20
Weekend Pass: $35
Doors at the Fernie Community Centre open at 6pm, films begin at 7pm. See below for more details about the festival.
Directed by John Price.
Follow two modern day adventurers as they embark on a rock climbing journey through time, celebrating the rich history and folklore of one of Canada's most iconic climbing cliffs and paying homage to the colourful characters who have etched their names into its vertical walls since the 1950's.
Directed by Teresa Marshall, Jeremy Williams.
Bringing the Salmon Home: The Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction Initiative is an Indigenous-led collaboration of the Syilx Okanagan Nation, Ktunaxa Nation, Secwépemc Nation, Canada and British Columbia. Salmon have been blocked from returning to the Canadian portion of the upper Columbia River for more than 80 years. The long-term vision is to return salmon stocks for Indigenous food, social and ceremonial needs, and to benefit the region’s residents and ecosystems as a whole.Bringing the Salmon Home representatives Vickie Thomas, who is the Indigenous Knowledge Counsel and Implementation Team member for the Ktunaxa Nation, and her partner Mark Thomas, the Executive Working Group Chair and Salmon Chief for the Shuswap First Nation, will introduce the film and answer questions after the film.
Indigenous Peoples, conservation groups, and scientists come together, as a decades-long battle to protect endangered old-growth forests in BC violently escalates at Fairy Creek (the last unprotected, intact valley on southern Vancouver Island) on unceded Pacheedaht Territory.
Vickie Thomas, Indigenous Knowledge Counsel and Implementation Team member for the Ktunaxa Nation, and her partner Mark Thomas, Executive Working Group Chair and Salmon Chief for the Shuswap First Nation, will introduce the film and answer questions after the film
The Mountain Social is an integral part of the festival, featuring a variety of food from local restaurants, plus a bar stocked with plenty of Fernie Brewing Company beer, wine, and water. Enjoy a bag of free popcorn with your movie and enter the prize draw to win some amazing prizes.
The festival also incorporates a Photography Contest for professional and amateur shooters, guest speakers and a mountain culture award ceremony. All ticket holders can vote on their favourite image on Friday or Saturday before the screenings or during intermission.
A free matinee screening will be offered for kids on Saturday - details to be announced.
Cash/card bar on site. College of the Rockies MAST studies will be serving up tasty tacos!
The event is held at the Fernie Community Centre, with the whole room decked out to celebrate the environment, films are screened on a large rear-projection screen that was purchased by the festival after several years of fundraising. The event attracts a large crowd of local and visitor outdoor and film enthusiasts and the atmosphere is always friendly and welcoming. Experience the spirit of Fernie at the FMFF.
The FMFF could not function without the generous financial support of many local organizations and businesses.
2024 Sponsors: Gearhub, Columbia Basin Trust - Fernie Fox Hotel - Island Lake Lodge - Fernie Alpine Resort (RCR Summit Fund) - Fernie Wilderness Adventures - Mustang Survival - Fernie Brewing Company - Big Bang Bagels - Wapiti Music Festival - Edge of the World.