Posted on January 27, 2015 by Tia Lalani

On the Family Day weekend, plan to spend time at the Nordlys Film & Arts Festival!

a13-15Feb - Nordlys Festival

a13-15Feb – Nordlys Festival

The 6th Annual Nordlys Film & Arts Festival will take place from February 13-15 at the historic Bailey Theatre.

Nordlys, which means “northern lights” in Norwegian, breaks up the dark days of winter with a marathon line-up of films, special guests and live music. The films vary in origin and language, offering a blend of cinematic excellence from Canada and around the world.

The festival will kick off with a spotlight on Randall Okita and Trevor Anderson, celebrating two distinct voices in Canadian film. Most recently, Randall won the Best Canadian Short Film Award at the Toronto International Film Festival for his NFB short, The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer. Trevor’s new project, The Little Deputy, was invited to premiere at Sundance as one of 60 short films chosen from 8061 submissions. Both filmmakers will be in attendance.

Music is also a key element of the festival. Throughout the weekend, a talented line-up of local performers will provide musical interludes in the lobby of the theatre. On Saturday night, Nordlys will feature a full concert with North Carolina duo, Mandolin Orange. With heart-stirring lyricism and intoxicating harmonies, their music intertwines traditions of gospel, folk and bluegrass.

Nordlys can trace its roots back to the Pretty Hill Film Festival which took place for ten years at the Olson family home near Armena. What began as a homegrown event in a basement and garage, gradually evolved into a full-fledged community festival. In 2010, the Augustana Campus generously opened its doors to the event and the Nordlys Film & Arts Festival was born.

While Nordlys now enters its fourth year at the Bailey Theatre, the Augustana spirit still runs strong. Ten out of twelve Nordlys Board members are Augustana alumni, including Michelle Reshaur as President, Carole Preston as Vice-President and Amanda Clark as Secretary. Returning to the Nordlys Board is Tim Hanson, Augustana’s Assistant Dean, External Relations.

Much has changed in the festival’s history, but the central aim of connecting community through the arts, has remained the same. A tradition that continues in 2015 is the opening night invitation to wear black and white attire – formal or fun. Whether you’re inclined to dust off your tux or get cozy in your pyjamas, the key is “black and white”.

Weekend Passes are on sale for $75 at the Augustana Alumni Office, the Bailey Theatre, Candler Art Gallery, or online at

We’re looking for bartender and usher volunteers for Nordlys from Feb 13 to 15. The shifts are about 6hrs in length from 11am to 5 and 5:30 to midnight. Volunteers generally see films during their shifts, are also provided with dinner on sat/sun and invited to an after party. Plus, volunteering with Nordlys is a fun time! Please contact for more details.

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