Academy Awards, Gemini Awards, Emmy Awards and dozens of prestigious awards from prominent film festivals around the world attest to the stellar quality of the films being featured at the annual World Community Film Festival. In its’ 20thyear, the festival is a highlight of the new year for hundreds of Vancouver Islanders, and will be screened Feb. 4 & 5 at the Sid Williams Theatre and nearby venues.

Between them the two opening night films alone have received more than 26 awards including the 2010 Academy Award for Short Documentary, won by ‘Music by Prudence’. Half biographical documentary, half music video and 100% inspiring, this would be a great story even if she didn’t sing like an angel… but she does!

At last count, ‘The Topp Twins : Untouchable Girls’ has garnered 22 awards from all over the world. This is no doubt a reflection of our hopes and dreams of working for social change and having a blast doing it…. these two have mastered the art.

Budrus’ is the gripping story of non-violent resistance to the Israeli military occupation of Palestinian land, organized by the residents of this little village, Budrus, but maintained with support of Israeli peace activists. The fact that ‘Budrus’ has won at least 12 major festival awards, including Honorable Mention for Best Documentary in the Spirit of Freedom Award, at the Jerusalem International Film Festival signifies the universal nature of the call for peace embodied in the story as well as the quality of the production itself.

The 2010 Emmy is only the most prestigious award of the dozen or so garnered by the investigative doc, ‘Split Estate’, an inquiry into the dark side of natural gas.

Our closing night feature ‘Black Wave’ won the 2009 Gemini, ‘Afghan Star’ won the World Cinema Audience and Best Director Awards, and the just released ‘Force of Nature: the David Suzuki Movie’ has already won Audience Award for best Environmental Film at the Vancouver International Film Fest, and we could go on and on with award winning titles.

For quality of films, World Community Film Festival ranks very high on the list of festivals which seek to educate and motivate. We are bringing the talents of some of the world’s best filmmakers to our community to inspire you to keep working to make the world a better place.

You can check out the full program guide to our festival here: where you will find film descriptions, trailers and links to the film websites.

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