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Camrose’s Film Festival the Nordlys returns Jan. 17

Camrose’s Film Festival the Nordlys returns Jan. 17

Festival will feature films from around the world, live music and special events

A film festival began as a gathering in the garage of former Camrose MLA Verlyn Olson is now back for its eighth year and will be hosted at the Bailey Theatre downtown.

The Nordlys Film and Arts Festival (the name come from the Norwegian word for the Northern lights) features a weekend full of award-winning films, guest filmmakers, and musicians. This year’s films includes short documentaries produced by Alberta filmmakers that will be featured as part of the “Canada 150” celebration.

“Canada has a very strong and diverse film community,” said Augustana Alumni and Nordlys board member Richard Bruneau. “Canada’s 150th birthday is a perfect opportunity to showcase talent from right here in Alberta and beyond.”

This year’s lineup kicks off Friday night with “Pawn Sacrifice” starring Hollywood’s Tobey Macguire, a movie from producer Dale Johnson who is formerly of Camrose. The story is that of American Chess prodigy Bobby Fisher.

The weekend will also offer music as well as movies. Live local music in a laid back cafe atmosphere is scheduled throughout the weekend and Saturday night features a concert by Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, a Calgary based singer-songwriter.

“The Nordlys are Camrose’s best kept secret,” according to Geordie Nelson, a recent Augustana alumnus.

The full lineup of films is available at and features works from Poland, Guatemala, Germany, Sweden, New Zealand, and North America.

Tickets are still available for the weekend or as daily passes and may be purchased in person at the Bailey Theatre box office (cash or cheque only) and online at

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