Tumbleweed 'Best of Fest' Film Festival starts Thursday in Osoyoos

OSOYOOS, B.C. – The Tumbleweed Film Festival is bringing the best-rated films from its Oroville film fest to Osoyoos, BC, Sept 22-24.

The Tumbleweed Best of Fest will be hosted at the Nk’Mip resort and features three evening screenings and one Saturday afternoon family matinee at the Desert Cultural Centre. Each screening will offer different short films from around the world, as well as live entertainment from the Desert Cultural Centre. Nk’Mip Cellars will offer complimentary wine tastings.

“We’re excited to bring this event across the border to make Tumbleweed a truly international film festival,” said Geoff Klein, Tumbleweed co-founder. “Besides the great opportunity to watch more films and have fun, this is a good way to get the word out in Osoyoos about our annual festival in Oroville, which is every August.”

Klein added, “We’re also very honored to have the Osoyoos Indian Band offer Tumbleweed the opportunity to showcase these films at their Desert Cultural Centre. We’re also happy to include many new films, including some films by native filmmakers.”

The event kicks off Thursday at the Desert Cultural Center with a complimentary wine tasting at 5:30 p.m., followed at 6 p.m. with a “Welcoming” ceremony that will include storytelling, drumming and dancing. Short films will then begin at 8 p.m.

Friday evening offers an evening of romance and comedy short films at the Desert Cultural Centre, Nk’Mip Cellars will provide special wine tastings at 7:30 pm and the films will screen at 8 p.m. Following the film, attendees are invited to a “night cap” with filmmakers and drumming at the Centre’s fire pit.

Saturday afternoon will offer a Family Matinee, which will showcase many family friendly films from around the world. Adults will also have the opportunity to sample wines at the screening from Nk’Mip cellars. Doors open at the Cultural Centre at 1 p.m., with the matinee beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Saturday evening presents an “Awards” night of short films from around the world. Film goers will encounter delightful comedies, thoughtful documentaries, some animation, a little drama and plenty of twists and turns. Meet some of the films’ directors, who will be in attendance for a “Q & A.” Nk’Mip Cellars will begin providing wine tastings at 7 p.m and the short films will start screening at 7:30 p.m. Following the films, attendees are invited to a special festival closing ceremony with entertainment, provided by the Desert Cultural Centre! Tickets prices are $20 for the regular showings and $12 to Saturday’s matinee. They are available for purchase now at JoJo’s cafe in Osoyoos, as well as at the Nk’Mip cellars. Tickets may also be purchased directly from Tumbleweed’s website. For more information on the event, please visit http://www.tumbleweedfilmfest.com.