Students in the SelfDesign High WildEarth Outdoor Program look forward to bringing the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival to Nelson.

Students in the SelfDesign High WildEarth Outdoor Program look forward to bringing the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival to Nelson.

SelfDesign class brings Vancouver’s Mountain Film Festival to Nelson

This festival celebrates mountain sports and culture and will feature indie outdoor films on a variety of subjects

SelfDesign High’s WildEarth Outdoor Program is bringing the 2014 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) to the Nelson Civic Theatre on Wednesday, March 5.

This festival celebrates mountain sports and culture and will feature indie outdoor films on a variety of subjects from rock climbing to the obscure world of cave uni-cycling.

Youth participating in the SelfDesign High WildEarth Outdoor Program are organizing this film festival, with guidance from their mentor Blue Netherclift, as a fundraising effort to support upcoming outdoor adventures.

“The focus of this festival is a great fit for this outdoor adventure group that has been busy learning how to explore and appreciate our area’s natural landscape, while concurrently becoming aware of how to stay safe and be respectful while in the wilderness,” Netherclift said.

In addition, through the process of organizing the festival the youth are learning about what it takes to organize, promote and host an event.

The film screenings will start at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15 at the door 30 minutes before the show. Advance tickets available at Gericks Cycle and Ski (cash only). Accompanied children under 12 are free.

The SelfDesign High WildEarth Outdoor Program is an adventure based, experiential high school program. Participants develop leadership, entrepreneurial and teamwork skills.