Gates will open at 8:30 p.m. with the first film starting around 9:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (AFFNO file photo)

Gates will open at 8:30 p.m. with the first film starting around 9:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (AFFNO file photo)

AFFNO hosts french film in the Kitimat-Stikine and Northcoast Region

AFFNO had to create different approaches this year to set up events

The Association des Francophone et Francophile du Nord-Ouest (AFFNO) is hosting a drive-in movie in Kitimat on Monday, May 10th.

The films take place at City Centre Lower Mall, the gates open at 8:30 p.m. and the film starts at sunset between 9:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The films playing are called ‘Jungle Beach’ and ‘Asterix – The Mansion Of The Gods’; the first film is in French with English subtitles and the second film is in English with French subtitles.

The organization’s goal is to unite Francophones and Francophiles in the North-Western region of B.C.

AFFNO usually hosts food festivals in Haida Gwaii, Hazelton, Smithers, Kitimat, Terrace, and Prince Rupert, however, due to COVID-19 restrictions, they had to create different approaches to setting up events.

A lottery idea was implemented for Prince Rupert, Kitimat, and Smithers as funding is conditional on the organization holding at least one fundraiser per year or else all government funding has to be returned.

In order to partake in the AFFNO drive-in, people entered an online lottery by April 29th to win a spot because only 50 vehicles per community are allowed to participate.

Executive Director Patrick Witwicki of AFFNO stated, the organization planned much smaller ticket-based events, but many of those events weren’t possible because of COVID-19.

“We are just tired of postponing, postponing, postponing — at some point, you have to do something,” Witwicki said.

The shows also played at the Curling Club parking lot in Terrace on Friday, May 7th, and the Civic Centre in Prince Rupert on Saturday, May 8th.

READ MORE: AFFNO Northwest festivals have a COVID-19 approach


 


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