Vagabond Film Show returns

Annual event at Hope Cinema will showcase local filmmakers

The Vagabond Film Show celebrates the outdoors and showcases local filmmakers. The event kicks off with live music on May 1. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The Vagabond Film Show celebrates the outdoors and showcases local filmmakers. The event kicks off with live music on May 1. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Hope Cinema will be rolling out the red carpet next week for the Vagabond Film Show.

The annual event celebrates the outdoors and showcases local filmmakers.

“It’s one of the more unique evenings to check out in Hope,” said Dan Pereda, who is organizing the festival with Justin Brown and Will Baerg. “It’s a great way to see what people are doing in your backyard. The calibre of filmmaking around here is unbelievable.”

The first part of the night will feature about 12 short films showcasing a variety of subject matter, everything from a time lapse video of Iceland to mountain biking and backcountry skiing. The three minute or less film contest is open to adventure, documentary, travel and comedy films. A cash prize will be handed out to a winner chosen by the audience. The second half of the event will showcase several longer independent films.

The Vagabond Film Show continues to grow in popularity each year and not only draws people from around the Lower Mainland, but as far away as Pemberton, Edmonton and the Yukon.

“What I’ve noticed over the years is that this is so grassroots,” said Pereda. “It unites the outdoor community in the Hope and surrounding areas. What people are doing with these videos is really artistic, cool, local, realistic and people can really relate.”

The Vagabond Film Show kicks off with live music at Hope Cinema on May 1. Doors open at 6 p.m. There will also be a cash bar, prize giveaways and 50/50 draw.

Tickets are $10 at the Blue Moose in Hope and Mt. Waddington’s Outdoors in Chilliwack.

For more details, visit the Vagabond Film Show page on Facebook.