Movie Lovers, Head Down To The New West Film Fest

New West Film Fest

The Vancouver International Film Festival may have just wrapped up, but movie lovers needn’t wait long for their next fix. The rhythmically named New West Film Fest is on from October 20 to 22.

Although not as large as its Vancouver relative, the fest has numerous and various films on the bill. From odd scifi fare such as The Lobster (starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz) to The Pristine Coast, a documentary on marine sustainability, there is plenty to see.

Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite, and viewers are either all-in or all-out for this one as the only option is the $35 festival pass in conjunction with a $1 festival membership. This gives access to all eight of the festival’s screenings, which take place at Landmark Cinemas (at New Westminster Skytrain Station, 800 Carnarvon Street), Douglas College (700 Royal Avenue) and at the Anvil Centre (777 Columbia Street).

The event is run by the not-for-profit New West Film Society, which has the stated aim to “bring new films to the diverse arts and culture scene in New Westminster.” This year’s event has its roots in the 2011 New West Doc Fest, a small event which has grown over the years with the support of the Arts Council of New Westminster, Green Ideas Networks and New Westminster Environmental Partners.

There will also be an afterparty at CG Masters School of 3D Animation (in New West Skytrain station). The afterparty will start at 9pm on October 22, after the festival’s final screening. It’s free for festival ticket holders and will feature music as well as local food and drink.

Visit the event website for a full list of screenings.

New West Film Fest 2016

When: 20-22 October, 2016

Where: Landmark Cinemas, Douglas College and the Anvil Centre

Cost: $35 + $1 membership

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Tom Ireland

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