We are the New West Film Society, a not-for-profit organization whose main objective is to promote and bring new and relevant films to the diverse arts and culture scene in New Westminster, British Columbia. As part of this mandate we are committed to hosting an annual film festival in the city which will be re-branded in 2015 under the banner NewWest FilmFest. The festival’s mandate is to present current cutting-edge films and documentaries that encourage dialogue, educate, and entertain.
The roots of the organization date back to 2011 when New West Doc Fest was founded in by a small group of citizens with a passion for film, art, and community. During its first 3 years the festival received generous support from local businesses, grass-roots organizations, the Arts Council of New Westminster, Green Ideas Network and New Westminster Environmental Partners. This support allowed the festival to expand, improve, and evolve. Over the years, several of the selected feature films garnered critical acclaim from TIFF and VIFF.