ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: The World Community Film Festival is British Columbia’s largest, longest-running international social issues film festival. It is organized by the World Community Development Education Society (WCDES), a non-profit group, located in the Comox Valley. The WCDES was formed to foster awareness of community development issues and the connection between local and global concerns. They are engaged in projects that help make people-to-people links with communities in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Assam, India.
The Traveling World Community Film Festival is an opportunity for communities like ours to enjoy the Festival’s offering of films. The films deal with a variety of relevant social issues in countries around the world, including human rights, economics, fair trade, labour/employment, globalization, U.S. Foreign Policy, agriculture, food security, land use, aboriginal affairs, children and women’s issues, sexuality, homelessness, community, spirituality/health, arts and culture, and war and peace.
The goals of the Film Festival are to educate BC audiences about international and community development, to emphasize the interconnectedness of local, regional, and global issues, and to provide local Non-Government Organizations and volunteer organizations with the opportunity to showcase their work and reach out beyond their usual constituencies.