<em>Tla-o-qui-aht Dugout Canoe</em> starring master carver Joe Martin is one of nine short films that will be screened during the virtual Tofino Adventure Film Fest. (Jackie Windt photo)

Tla-o-qui-aht Dugout Canoe starring master carver Joe Martin is one of nine short films that will be screened during the virtual Tofino Adventure Film Fest. (Jackie Windt photo)

Clayoquot Action’s virtual Tofino Adventure Film Festival opens this weekend

Homegrown festival reel is available to screen worldwide from Nov. 25 to 28

Clayoquot Action is hosting the Tofino Adventure Film Festival (TAFF) this weekend.

TAFF will take place virtually from November 25 to 28 and will be screening nine films or 2.5 hours of on-demand action and adventure.

“This festival is a celebration of mountain culture, outdoor adventure, Indigenous and environmental film. We believe in the power of cinema to connect people with the importance of protecting wild places and inspiring everyone to get outside and have their own adventures in nature,” said festival curator Keegan McColl in a press release.

“We’re really excited to be featuring a number of films that explore themes of mental health, Indigenous ethics in outdoor pursuits, and the importance of protecting nature. TAFF was curated right here in Tofino, and includes some local films such as Coextinction, as well as local legends like master carver Joe Martin featured in the film Tla-o-qui-aht Dugout,” he said.

In Tla-o-qui-aht Dugout Canoe, a 10-minute documentary written and directed by Coast Salish filmmaker Steven Davies, viewers get a glimpse into the life of master carver and land defender Joe Martin as he reconciles his past after working as a clearcut logger by revitalizing the ancestral knowledge and artistic practice of the traditional dugout canoe.

TAFF also includes an online auction that is open to festivalgoers and everyone who wants to support wild salmon conservation. Ten percent of all proceeds will be donated to Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks.

“The auction features great west coast adventure packages, artwork, gear and more—all generously donated by local businesses and artists,” notes McColl.

Clayoquot Action is a Tofino-based conservation society committed to protecting the biocultural diversity of Clayoquot Sound. Tickets to TAFF can be purchase via Eventbrite and range from $10 to $50. Visit the festival webpage for details: https://clayoquotaction.org/about/tofino-adventure-film-festival.

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