Film Screening: 2040, Tues. Feb. 11th,  7pm at NIC

Film Screening: 2040, Tues. Feb. 11th, 7pm at NIC

Film Screening: 2040, Tues. Feb. 11th, 7pm at NIC

The votes have been tallied from the recent World Community Film Festival. Audience pick for “Best of Fest” is the inspirational film “2040” which will be re-screened at the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College.

Award-winning director Damon Gameau embarks on a journey to imagine what the world would look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions to the climate crisis already available to us. What if we made these currently available practices into policies, shifting them into the mainstream, to improve our planet?

Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Gameau creates a positive vision of what the planet could look like in 2040 when his daughter will be 25. From micro-grid renewable energy now in full swing in Bangladesh, to farmers switching to regenerative agricultural methods, and marine permaculture, Gameau shows that in many cases, action is being led from the ground up. “Fact based dreaming,” is how he describes his filmmaking technique.

“This film inspires optimism about the better world we can create collectively by 2040 if we address Climate Change now” comments Helen Boyd, of the Comox Valley Nurses for Health & the Environment. This film is creating a real ‘buzz’ on the festival circuit and is inspiring people to action in their own communities.

Admission is by donation. Everyone is welcome to attend; the 92 minute film is classified as “General – no advisories”. FMI: 250 337-5412 or visit the World Community facebook page.

Film Festival Feast 2019

Film Festival Feast 2019

Film Festival Feast 2019

Saturday 2 Feb - 6pm - Upper Filberg Hall

Join us for a delicious vegetarian feast on Saturday Night at the World Community Film Festival. This annual feast is a wonderful place to gather and connect to reflect on the incredible stories shared at the 2019 festival. The World Community Feast is served in time for those heading off to the closing Saturday night film.
Chef Bobby Herron and his Elevate Crew will be preparing an eclectic feast of curries from West Indies, North Africa, and India. Starter course at each table will feature baked pakoras with spiced tomato lentil dip and pickled vegetables.  Dinner is served with jasmine rice, black eyed peas, locally made na’an bread, green salad and a selection of chutneys, pickle and raita. This event is licensed and includes dessert (with GF options). 
Limited tickets are available for the World Community Feast!  Tickets are $22. Dinner at 6pm. 

Online tickets sales now closed. You can still buy tickets in person at the venue!

Saturday, 2 Feb,  6pm at the Upper Filberg Hall, Courtenay.


Scroll down for links to the Film Festival and our sponsors

Film Festival Ticket Prices

$2.40 processing fee will be added
Early Bird Weekend Pass (until Dec. 31) –  $35
Youth (under 20) and Low Income –  $20
• Friday Feb. 1
Youth  (under 20) and Low Income $8
(Saturday 10 am - 6 pm) - $24  
Youth  (under 20) and Low Income - $12
12 and under - Free (with an adult with a ticket)
Family venue only - $5
Limited Number of Low Income Tickets Available

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Many thanks to our 2019 Sponsors.”  World Community Board of Directors.

Guest Speaker: Robert Massoud – Monday, May 7th – Comox United Church, 250 Beach Ave, Comox

Guest Speaker: Robert Massoud – Monday, May 7th – Comox United Church, 250 Beach Ave, Comox

Palestinian-born and Canadian-raised Robert Massoud, who hails from Toronto, is the founder of Zatoun fair trade products from Palestine. Moussad will be visiting Vancouver Island in May, engaging Canadians to learn more and empathize with Palestinians and their struggle for a just peace for Israel/Palestine. A non-profit, volunteer-run organization founded in 2004, Zatoun is North America’s oldest remaining seller of Palestinian fair trade olive oil. Locally, Zatoun products are distributed through World Community’s fair trade sales program.

Zatoun builds bridges between Palestine and North America using fair trade olive oil as a symbol of light, hope and peace, and also as a life-giving substance which binds us together in the human experience of eating and sharing. More practically, it provides Palestinian farmers with means of livelihood under difficult conditions.

According to Massoud, “A critical way to save human life on the planet is to rescue international law and global governance from impotence and irrelevance. The best place to begin is a true and just peace in Israel-Palestine. Insisting on applying international law and an end to coddling and protecting Israel’s actions in the UN will help bring back leadership and moral authority to set a healthy agenda for the planet. No guarantee - just a good place to start.”

Zatoun also initiated a worldwide project called Trees for Life – Planting Peace in Palestine, to plant 10,000 olive trees every year in Palestine. Zatoun is also a major supporter of Project Hope providing “art as therapy” to help heal many thousands of children living in refugee camps in Palestine. Since 2004, Zatoun has contributed almost $450,000 to these two projects.

The May 7th talk is co-sponsored by the Comox United Church’s Social Justice & Outreach Committee Mid-Islanders for Justice & Peace in the Middle East, and World Community. Zatoun products will be for sale, and will be featured in complimentary samplings of hors d’oeuvres, along with fair trade coffee/teas. The event is open to the public and admission is by donation. FMI: 250-331-9391.

Judy Goldschmidt

Comox United Church’s Social Justice & Outreach Committee, Mid-Islanders for Justice & Peace in the Middle East

Celebrating The Tragically Hip & National Canadian Film Day

Celebrating The Tragically Hip & National Canadian Film Day

Epic. Goosebumps. Tears.

A reminder of how much Gord will be missed.

Emotional rollercoaster ride from start to finish.

As part of the annual celebrations for National Canadian Film Day, the Sid Williams Theatre Society and World Community Development Education Society proudly present a screening of Long Time Running on Monday April 16 at the Sid Williams Theatre.

“I would have loved to say thank you face, to face, to face - to everybody, somehow,” Gord Downie declares in one of the interviews featured in the latest film from renowned Canadian documentary filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier (Manufactured LandscapesAct of GodWatermark).

Long Time Running chronicles the emotional and epic 2016 tour The Tragically Hip embarked on after iconic frontman Gord Downie announced that he had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Intimate moments, behind-the-scenes and on-stage footage, and personal interviews with the band and close friends, reveal the heartbreaking final performances of that now-legendary tour.

No other band encapsulated the rugged soul of Canada quite like the Hip, and it was completely in character for Downie – the everyman poet laureate of Canada – to go out on his own terms, with a powerfully galvanizing tour that delivered some of the most exhilarating performances of the band’s history.

Long Time Running, named after a languid blues song from the band’s second album, is both a history lesson and a eulogy for a group with 16 Juno Awards to its credit,” writes Brad Wheeler of The Globe and Mail.

Featuring fierce performances of Hip favourites like “Blow at High Dough,” “Grace, Too” and the heartrending tribute to endurance that gives the film its title, Long Time Running is neither morbid nor unduly sombre. Rather, this is a film about wonder, perseverance, and feeling alive even when dark shadows loom.

National Canadian Film Day (April 18) is REEL CANADA’s annual day-long celebration of Canadian film, through screenings, events, panel discussions, and conversations across the country.

Admission for the film is by donation (at the door) to World Community Development Education Society. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the film begins at 7:00 pm.

For more information, please visit

Tara Murphy

Marketing & Development Coordinator, Sid Williams Theatre Society