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Tofino Adventure Film Festival returns this weekend

Festival goers can watch in-person screenings or stream the event online from home
A still pulled from the short film ‘Muuxtuu: A Ukee Mountain Bike Film’, which is part of TAFF’s Saturday in-person and online program. (Submitted photo)

Clayoquot Action is stoked to be hosting the annual Tofino Adventure Film Festival (TAFF) this weekend. It all starts on Thursday night at the Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre with the feature film ‘The Klabona Keepers’, an intimate portrait of the dynamic Indigenous community that succeeded in protecting the remote Sacred Headwaters.

The festival will play in-person on Thursday, Nov. 24 (sold out) and Saturday, Nov. 26, as well as online all weekend. TAFF is a celebration of mountain culture, Indigenous, adventure and environmental films.

“We believe in the power of film to connect people with the importance of protecting wild places. The more time we spend in these awesome natural spaces, the more we are inspired to protect them,” says festival director Keegan McColl.

The line-up of 12 films will feature award-winning snowboarding, skiing, surfing, mountain biking and environmental shorts.

“We’re really proud of the film line-up. It was important for us to curate stories with purpose. Half of this year’s films celebrate Indigenous culture, featuring Indigenous Olympians, surfers, land protectors and mountain bikers,” says McColl.

Both nights at the theater, TAFF will host audience Q&As with special guests including Tofino legend Pete Devries from ‘Creation Theory’, Cassie DeColling, director of ‘Precious Leader Woman’, and Jasper Snow Rosen, co-director of ‘The Klabona Keepers’. McColl says the Thursday in-person screening is already sold out, but there are still lots of tickets left for Saturday.

Clayoquot Action is a Tofino-based conservation society committed to protecting the biocultural diversity of Clayoquot Sound.

“Our goals are accomplished through public education, citizen research, and advocacy. Currently our campaigns focus on the protection of salmon, a keystone species of west coast ecosystems,” notes a media release.

TAFF will include an online auction which will be open to festival goers or anyone who wants to support wild salmon conservation programs. The auction features great west coast adventure packages, artwork, outdoor gear and more—all donated by local businesses. Ten percent of proceeds from the festival and auction will be donated to Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks.

Tickets to TAFF can be purchase via Eventbrite and range from $10 to $50. Visit the festival webpage for details.