This year's festival features stories about people around the world who are re-inventing their world and their future. The films are a celebration of activism. All over the world, and right here on Vancouver Island and BC, hope shines through in action taken by ordinary people who are finding a way to a sustainable world by daring to confront global forces with the strength of their own vision.
Nanaimo Global Film Festival Group is a central Vancouver Island coalition of peace and social justice groups interested in screening films about the world situation and the Canadian context. Members of the NGFFG believe that a better world is possible and that ordinary people need better information about the world and its systems.
In February 2005, the group hosted the first Nanaimo Global Film Festival as part of the Traveling World Community Film Festival, co-sponsored by the World Community Development Education Society in Courtenay, BC. It is intended that this festival will become an annual, self-sustaining event in Nanaimo with an expanding program of awards for local filmmakers working on social justice themes.
The coalition includes: Global Village Nanaimo (GVN); Nanaimo Duncan & District Labour Council (NDDLC); VIU Faculty Association Human Rights & Internation Solidarity Committee, and many individuals who are interested in presenting films of vision. This year's media sponsors are Synergy Magazine & CHLY Radio. This year's Film Award sponsors are Mid Island Co-op and the Gulf Island Film & Television School.