Mountain film festival returns to Hope Cinema

The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival is returning to the Hope Cinema on Thursday, March 3.  Moviegoers will be treated to several short films spanning mountain sports, culture and environment.  The Hope Mountain Centre is once again hosting the event, and program director Kelly Pearce is encouraged by the early ticket sales.  “Our advance tickets are selling well and I’d really like to see the theatre sold out this year. This event draws a big local crowd, but at least a quarter of the audience comes from Agassiz, Chilliwack, and as far away as Vancouver,” Pearce says.The evening offers a variety of outdoor adventure films for thrill seekers, including mountain biking, white-water paddling, mountaineering, and skiing.  And the festival always features some thought-provoking films too, looking at issues of culture and environment from mountain communities around the world.There will be several films, varying in length from five  to 30 minutes.Advanced tickets are available at the Oasis Café & Bistro in Agassiz, Pedal Sport in Chilliwack, and Valhalla Pure in Abbotsford.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m., films start at 7 p.m. Find out more at www.hopemountain.org.  Phone 604-869-3745.