Internationally acclaimed animator and 7th Siding spokesperson Richard Reeves says the idea for the festival has been an idea in the back of his mind for many years. “It all started when a few of my friends asked where they could see my films,” he says. “I realized that although I could always show people my work on a cellphone, much of it was actually created in 35mm film — which means it was designed to be seen and heard on a big theatre screen. “Then I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to extend an invitation to filmmakers across the Creston Valley so we could all enjoy our films together in a real theatre and one collective festival?’”

He notes the 7th Siding Festival of Film venues currently include Creston’s Tivoli Theatre, Erickson’s The Venue, and a variety of other unconfirmed sites. “We’re extremely grateful to both the Tivoli’s Bonnie Geddes and The Venue’s Rick Brown for the opportunity to show our projects at their locations.

As for why the festival will be held in November, Reeves says the month represents a “brief moment when this town slows down — it’s after harvest and well before spring, which means we hope to see a good turnout of both filmmakers and audiences for the festival.

The 7th Siding Festival of Film is being held under the umbrella of the newly formed Kootenay Film Society (KFS). An entry form is available on the KFS website at:

 Deadline for submissions is October 21, 2019.

Venue Details
The Venue / The Tivoli Theatre
, Creston, British Columbia, , Canada
The Venue - Performance and Visual Arts Society, is a non-profit society located in Erickson (Arrow Creek) B.C. directly beside Erickson School, (not as it is shown on Google maps) and is dedicated to providing a quality music experience for performers and audience alike.