Film Fest Port Alberni

Fall 2022 Series

Movie Fans take notice! Film Fest Port Alberni is back with an exciting fall series of three films.

The Alberni Valley Museum is pleased to announce the re-start of Film Fest which has not been available since the start of the pandemic. The new season kicks off with “Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen A Song A Journey” on Sunday, September 25.

Enjoy the recliner seats but remember seating is limited and we encourage you to get your series passes and tickets early.

Tickets and Series Passes will be available at the Museum Shop:
Single tickets are $15.00
Passes are $42.00 each and are available at the Museum from Thursday, September 1 to Saturday, September 17 .

Film Fest Port Alberni film series screens at the Landmark Cinemas Paramount Theatre on select Sundays at 5:00pm.


Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen A Song A Journey
Sunday, September 25

Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song is a definitive exploration of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen as seen through the prism of his internationally renowned hymn, Hallelujah. This feature-length documentary weaves together three creative strands: The songwriter and his times., the song's dramatic journey from record label reject to chart-topping hit, and moving testi-monies from major recording artists for whom Hallelujah has become a personal touchtone. Spanning decades of his life and work, Hallelujah traverses Leonard Cohen’s rise from Canadian poet to iconic musical artist. The documentary is a deep exploration into the artistry of Cohen, particularly his record label’s rejection of his work and his subsequent musical failures. Though Cohen worked on his hit song for many years, “Hallelujah” only began to find its wings after iconic covers from the likes of Bono, k.d. lang, Celine Dion, Rufus Wainwright and more. In the song, we witness a man grappling with his faith and love, which comes through in archival footage and interviews with Cohen. Fans young and old will not want to miss this film about one of Canada’s most prolific artists.
Country: USA
Running Time: 105 minutes

Run Woman Run
Sunday, October 23

Living on the Six Nations reserve in Ontario, Beck (Dakota Ray Hebert) is forced to change her lifestyle after falling into a diabetic coma and being visited by the spirit of Indigenous running legend Tom Longboat (Asivak Koostachin), who becomes her wise cracking new life coach and personal trainer. But to fully rehabilitate, Beck must also face her mother’s death, which in turn allows her to reconnect with her heritage. Equal parts funny and touching, this moving film perfectly captures grief, family, and triumph. Run Woman Run took home top prize at the 2021. American Indian Film Festival, as well as the Audience Choice Award at the 2021 Imagine Native Festival.
Run Woman Run is a lighthearted film with serious messages that doesn't shy away from the big topics, but at its heart it is an underdog story about overcoming obstacles and belief in ones self.
Country: Canada
Running Time: 100 minutes

Peace by Chocolate
Sunday, November 27

Based on a true story, this sweet and savoury film follows the newly settled Hadhad family’s efforts to establish an artisanal chocolate shop in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. As business takes off and neighbours take notice, eldest son Tareq (Ayham Abou Ammar) struggles to reconcile his commitment to his
family’s legacy with his own desire to follow his dreams, much to the chagrin of eccentric patriarch Issam (Hatem Ali). Finding its emotional anchor in the ten-sion between duty and desire, looking back and looking forward, Peace by Chocolate offers a delectable assortment of laughs and heartfelt lessons about the sacrifices we make for one another in our families as well as our communities.
“It’s a heartwarming story with a Come From Away vibe, and while it doesn’t shy away from the racism immigrants experience in Canada, the predominant mood is one of triumph over adversity.” - Chris Knight, National Post
Country: Canada
Running Time: 96 minutes


For Information Contact the Alberni Valley Museum 250-720-2863.
Museum Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, Thursdays to 8pm

Film Fest Port Alberni is a fundraising initiative of the Alberni Valley Museum.
The Films are distributed through The Film Circuit a Division of the Toronto International Film Festival Group.
It is our intent to provide our community with quality films that would not otherwise be available to the local theatre.
Each series of three to four films will feature a Canadian and a Foreign production.
Films are shown on select Sundays at 5pm at Landmark Cinemas Paramount on Argyle Street.
Funds raised go to support museum education and out reach programs.