Held in celebration of Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 26, Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival’s (VIMFF) Summer Fest is back on June 24 at the Shipyards in North Vancouver.
The VIMFF has been hosting events on the North Shore for the past 25 years, connecting community, international filmmakers, and creators to celebrate the intersections of mountain and film culture. At this edition, classic film screenings and live performances will be accompanied by an artisan market, food trucks, and a beer garden.
ClimbBase5’s climbing wall will also be making an appearance, alongside a sauna and cold plunge pop-up by Tality Spa offering hot-cold therapy—perfect for after a busy day on the mountain.
At 3pm, the festival kicks off with the North Shore Celtic Ensemble, leading into the first of three film programs.
The Breaking Barriers Film Program highlights individuals pushing their boundaries in disciplines like mountain biking, climbing and trail running—you know, cool sports. One such short, Creating Space, recounts JoJo Das’ journey and sense of belonging within the Squamish trail running community: a reflection on how he overcame gatekeeping to advocate for an inclusive, open space.
Community & Connection, the second film block, looks at both relationships between groups of people, and between communities and the land. Stand-outs include a short about Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Nation’s balance of preservation and trail development, Muuxtuu: First of Many Together.
Finally, the evening wraps up with the Courage & Healing Film Program, highlighting inspirational stories from avid outdoor fans. Benched follows pro-cyclist Sonya Looney navigating life as an athlete and a mother, with vulnerability and courage.
Dance interludes will be interspersed between, with performances from Indigenous dancer and educator Peter “No So” White (Yaqan Nukiy) and Surrey-based all-girls dance academy Born to Bhangra.
When: Saturday, June 24
Time: 3 to 9pm
Where: The Shipyards - 125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver