Reel on the River – Mission's very own series of acclaimed films from the Toronto International Film Festival – is getting ready start up again following an almost-three-year hiatus due to COVID. (Photo: Pixabay)

Mission movie buffs planning return of film festival

Movies shown at SilverCity

Reel on the River – Mission’s very own series of acclaimed films from the Toronto International Film Festival – is getting ready start up again following an almost-three-year hiatus due to COVID.

Cut short back in March 2020, the last film of the winter series was never shown when most public venues were shut down due to the pandemic.

“Our supporters have been asking when ROTR will be returning,” said Mission resident Adrian Harper.

“Well, our committee of volunteers is busy getting everything ready for that to happen, and we plan to start early next year. We are aiming for Monday, Jan. 16 for the first film, and then the others held approximately every two weeks after that.”

Movie choices and dates for the five-film series will be announced as soon as ROTR, Film Circuit (a division of TIFF) and SilverCity can bring it all together, he said. “There’s lots of planning that has to be done.”

All the critically acclaimed films to be screened in Mission will be chosen from TIFF’s annual festival.

ROTR’s committee members aim to show a selection of genres, including comedy, drama, human interest, movies based on real-life stories, and even documentaries where they include other group aspects, Harper explained.

All films, as in the past, will be shown at SilverCity cinemas in Mission’s Junction Shopping Centre on Monday evenings, starting at 7 p.m.

The ROTR film group is focused on choosing critically acclaimed Canadian, international, independent, and foreign-produced films.

“And to celebrate our return, we are holding prices at pre-COVID levels: $35 for the five-film season’s pass, and $10 at the door for individual showings,” Harper said.

Series passes will be available prior to the season at outlets in Mission and Abbotsford – locations to be announced soon – and also at the door before the first movie

Further information, when available, will be posted on the ROTR website at reelontheriver.ca

ROTR is the only film series in the Mission/Abbotsford area of the Fraser Valley, attracting movie aficionados from as far afield at Chilliwack and Langley.

“Our film series was so popular that we frequently filled the largest theatre at SilverCity,” Harper said, “and we’re hoping our supporters will again be back in similar numbers.”

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