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Arc’teryx Adventure Film Grant

VIMFF Adventure Film Grant presented by ARC'TERYX

VIMFF and ARC’TERYX have partnered to present this filmmaker development grant to further our shared commitment to supporting Canadian adventure film.

The grant award’s $5000 to the selected recipient filmmaker to produce their proposed project which will premiere at VIMFF the following calendar year.

This grant is intended to support emerging filmmakers specializing in mountain film. We hope it will help them kick start a successful career and enable them to produce a film they have been dreaming of. The recipient will also get the opportunity to be mentored throughout the process by the ARC’TERYX professional and in house media team.

Our aim is to support the development of Canadian adventure filmmakers, promote self-propelled wilderness adventures and bring the resulting story to the VIMFF screen for our community to enjoy.

Applications for 2018 are now closed.

Make sure to attend the ARC’TERYX Climbing Show on February 15th as we announce the recipient for 2018 and screen the World Premiere of the 2017 grant – Ephemera by Dave Mai.

2017 recipient

Dave Mai – DM Productions, Penticton BC

Dave Mai is a film and music producer, audio engineer, photographer and multimedia designer, and he owns a modest production company in Penticton BC. In 2016 DM Productions received the ‘Home Based Business Excellence’ award from the Penticton Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, Dave produced an independant rock climbing short, ‘The Skaha Bluffs’, and it won both Fan Favourite and the Okanagan Experience award at the Reel Peach Film Festival in Penticton, BC. In November of the same year, he attended the Adventure Film Makers Workshop at the Banff Centre for the Arts. This added significant fuel to his burgeoning passion for making adventure films. In 2014 Dave received the Media Arts award from the Penticton Arts Council, and was nominated for the same category for the Central Okanagan Awards in both 2013 and 2014.

Dave was awarded the ARC’TERYX Adventure Film Grant for his film – EPHEMERA:

When you think of ice climbing, the sunny Okanagan Valley is probably one of the last places you would consider. Ephemera is a short film about ice climbing in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia Canada. Though the ice climbing is unreliable, scarce, and fleeting due to the mild winters, it does exist. The core of the film is about the ephemerality of adventure. Although adventure is momentary, we find ways to gain lasting value after the experience melts away.

Make sure to attend VIMFF 2018 to see the World Premiere of Ephemera.

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