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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.

2019 Recipient

James Frystak

Award-winning photographer, cinematographer and explorer James Frystak has captured images in some of the world’s most unique locations. From Alaska to the Himalaya, Patagonia to deep inside inside the ice caves of a volcano, James continually pushes his limits, shooting in the most extreme conditions.

Once a certified electrician, James left the world of construction with a strong desire to live beyond the status quo. With a love for photography, filmmaking and adventure James quickly picked up a camera and found his passion for projects with a strong visual element followed with a stories that ignites positive change.

James has shot, directed and assisted on various personal projects and from clients such as Telus, CBC and National Geographic. He also works as a professional lighting technician for IATSE 891.

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Run With The Ghosts Of Giants

As the last remaining old growth forests of British Columbia are reduced to clear cuts and 2nd growth plantations, a group of trail runners and big tree activists come together to explore what it would take to save an endangered forest, the Eden Grove in Port Renfrew BC.

As trail running gains popularity, appreciation for the outdoors and nature follows. Running the trails of Vancouver’s North Shore, most assume that it is what a healthy forest looks like. However, through generational amnesia, we forget that the entire landscape was once dominated by giant trees, now reduced to stumps (ghosts) and monoculture plantations.
The ghosts of these giants are a reminder that if we don’t act now, future generations will not experience the unique, natural forests, and may never even know they existed.
What do these ancient forests of the past look like? And what does it take to save a place like the Eden Grove?

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