The Festival

The Salt Spring Film Festival Society is a non-profit charitable society incorporated in 2008, whose mission is to educate, inspire and activate our community through a Festival of independent documentary film from Canada and around the world. We present films that explore social justice, the environment, art and culture, politics and food security. Filmmakers are invited to the Festival to present their films and lead lively discussions.


Therin Gower / President

Jim Meadows / Vice President

Melissa Searcy / Secretary

Neil Martin / Treasurer

Katharine Atkins / Director

Diane Copeland Thomas / Director

Bruce Eggertson / Director

Cliff Knox / Director

Connie Kuhns / Director

Diana Morris Knox / Director

Dave Vollrath / Director


James Cowan / Festival Manager

Jane Aitken / Festival Administrator


Neil Martin / Box Office

James Cowan / Communications

Diana Morris Knox / Decor

Noni Peck / Food

Richard MacKinnon / Fundraising

Jane Aitken & Diane Copeland Thomas / Graphics

Therin Gower / Hospitality

Cliff Knox / Logistics

Therin Gower / Membership

Judy McPhee / Projectionists

Patricia Lockie / Publicity

Maggie Ziegler / Social Justice Bazaar

Dave Vollrath / Technical

Katharine Atkins / Venue set-up

Therin Gower / Volunteers

Alastair Aitken / Website

The Festival Roots reach back to 1996, when Islanders Bob Wild, Marg and Art Simons were inspired to create a Film Festival on Salt Spring. The Anglican Church offered their basement and for two years, Salt Spring piggy-backed on the resources of the Courtenay Festival and a documentary Film Festival was born. With an infusion of ideas and energy from Jane Squier and Maggie Schubart, the Festival was revived in 1999 as the “Our Island, Our World Film Festival.” Another injection of new energy spurred the Festival further on in 2006 and as a reflection of its growth, the Festival is now a registered educational society, the Salt Spring Film Festival Society, with an active board of directors and a growing membership and a new name: the “Salt Spring Film Festival.”

During the Festival Weekend the Salt Spring Film Festival Society hosts a Social Justice Bazaar. Many local organizations gather to educate the audience of their activities in the social fabric of Salt Spring Island.

Delicious Organic Local Food to satisfy the appetites of film lovers is prepared by Chef Mark Kilner and the GISS culinary program students, Jana's Bake Shop, and Laughing Daughters Gluten Free Foods.

Other Events As well, the Society presents other film nights, events and workshops throughout the year to encourage local filmmakers and to cultivate the appreciation of documentary film on Salt Spring Island.

Community Support remains the heart of the Festival: around 100 volunteers, numerous individual donors and business community advertisers make the festival possible.

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