5th Annual Snakebite Film Festival

Event Dates:
  • Thu February 2, 2023 5:00 PM
  • Fri February 3, 2023 7:00 PM
  • Sat February 4, 2023 4:00 PM
  • Sun February 5, 2023 4:00 PM
  • Event Cost: Varies
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The Snakebite Film Festival started in Penticton in 2017.

The Vision of the Festival is “Awakening Culture, Uniting Communities”.

 The dream was to have a film festival that showcases all of the stories that exist in Pentiction and the South Okanagan and highlight the rich diversity that may be perceived as invisible. The Festival is a place to showcase those human stories and connect us to the fabric of a culturally rich community. 

You can purchase a Full Festival Pass for $54.06 which allows you to enjoy all 5 Feature Films and many short films during the festival.  Tickets are available through Eventbrite 

Alternatively you can purchase tickets for individual events.

  • Thursday February 2nd 5:00pm -7:00pm – Snakebite Opening Gala 1950’s Costume Party – $43.45
    Come celebrate the Official Opening of the 5th annual Snakebite Film Festival in Penticton at The Black Antler. The Red Carpet Gala will be a 1950’s costume party. There will dinner and 1 drink included in the ticket price. There will be cash and other prizes for the best outfits. There will also be a drag performance and amazing tunes.

  • Thursday February 2nd 7:00pm – Grease – sing-a-long version (Feature) – $16.93
    OSCAR nominated Set in the 50’s, good girl Sandy Olsson and greaser Danny Zuko fall in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance? This will be proceeded by a Short Film called N’xaxaitk’u (short) – (pronounced Na-ha-ha-it-ku) After moving to a new town, an indigenous teenager named Zarya must navigate peer pressure when her next door-neighbour, Amanda, convinces her to explore a nearby island in search of a legendary lake monster, the Ogopogo.

  • Friday February 3rd 7:00pm – Riceboy Sleeps (Feature) – $15.87
    12 nominations/3 wins. TIFF – Best Canadian Film / VIFF – Best Film Set in the 90’s, a Korean mother raises her young son in the suburbs near Vancouver, Canada determined to provide a better life for him than the one that she left behind. This Film will be proceeded by Kin. A short film 100% produced by women and produced by a local Film maker called Maddy Tebbutt.

  • Saturday February 4th 4:00pm – Wildhood (Feature) – $15.87
    9 wins/12nominations. Various festivals including VIFF and TIFF Two brothers embark on a journey to find their birth mother after their abusive father lied for years about her whereabouts; along the way, they reconnect with their indigenous heritage and make a new friend.

  • Saturday February 4th – 7:00pm – Bones of Crows (Feature) – $15.87
    A psychological thriller told through the eyes of Cree Matriarch Aline Spears, as she survives Canada’s residential school system to continue her family’s generational fight in the face of systemic starvation, racism, and sexual abuse. Bones of Crows unfolds over one hundred years with a cumulative force that propels us into the future. This film will be proceeded by a documentary called Kasp – The Road to H.O.P.E (short documentary) Raised by a heroine addict, drug-dealing father and forgotten by the Foster-care system, Indigenous Artist KASP beats the odds and turns his story of survival into a banner of HOPE for others while returning to his roots.

  • Sunday February 5th – 4:00pm – Supernova (Feature) – $15.87
    2 wins/10 nominations Sam and Tusker are travelling across England in their old RV to visit friends, family and places from their past. Since Tusker was diagnosed with dementia two years ago, their time together is the most important thing they have.

All the funds raised for the snakebite Film Festival goes to programming fees, theatre rental, ASL interpretation. This Film Festival is run 100% by volunteers.

You can make donations when purchasing tickets online.  All Cash donations are eligible for a Tax receipt from Okanagan School of the Arts (OSA).