Synergy Magazine is sponsoring two film festivals on Vancouver Island. For the 5th year in a row, Synergy is a proud media sponsor of the 6th Annual Nanaimo Global Film Festival which is coming February 18-20 at Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo Campus. There will be 29 great films for viewing on 3 evenings and all day Saturday as well as an all-day fair trade bazaar being held on Saturday. Synergy’s Campbell River edition is the media sponsor for the World Community Film Festival being held in Courtenay, February 5th and 6th.
The Nanaimo festival is a production of the Nanaimo Global Film Festival Group which is a central Vancouver Island coalition of peace and social justice groups interested in screening films about the world situation and the Canadian context. Members of the NGFFG believe that a better world is possible and that ordinary people need better information about the world and its systems.
In February 2005, the group hosted the first Nanaimo Global Film Festival as part of the Traveling World Community Film Festival. It is intended that this festival will become an annual, self-sustaining event in Nanaimo with an expanding program of awards for local filmmakers working on social justice themes.
The coalition includes: Global Village Nanaimo (GVN); Nanaimo Duncan & District Labour Council (NDDLC); VIU Faculty Association Human Rights & Internation Solidarity Committee; Rights & Democracy, Nanaimo Delegation. This year’s media sponsors are: Synergy Magazine, CHLY Radio, and The Mind’s Eye. This year’s Film Award sponsors are Mid Island Co-op and Soules Consulting.
World Community is a Comox Valley based organization established 19 years ago with a vision of raising awareness of global development issues through local education and action. This volunteer organization is guided by a group of inspired and dedicated individuals with a passion for social justice and environmental stewardship.
The organization’s flagship event is BC’s longest running social justice documentary Film Festival, presented annually in Courtenay and several other communities through the Travelling World Community Film Festival. As World Community’s primary educational tool, the film festival screens current documentary films featuring the major emerging human development issues in our changing world.
World Community was an early pioneer in importing and selling fairly traded coffee in our community, and has used the resources from this social enterprise to support primary health care promoters in Nicaragua and El Salvador. We have been the leading promoter of the concepts of fair trade in the Comox Valley. Our most recent effort has us partnered with the Vancouver Island Musicfest to assist with fair trade and organic purchasing and sales policies, making this music festival one of the leading models in creating a greener world and a greener tourism industry on Vancouver Island.