Local pop culture fans are going to be thrilled with the announcement of the three-day lineup for Kelowna Fan Experience (KFX), produced by New Vintage Theatre.

“We decided the perfect way to celebrate the fifth birthday for our event is to move to three days of performance, film, animation, cosplay and gaming events,” says Artistic Director Bonnie Gratz.

Two showcase events will kick off the festival on Friday, March 23. First will be the Okanagan Cast and Crew movie premiere of THE HUMANITY BUREAU by Dave Schultz and Travis Cloyd, produced by Minds Eye Entertainment.  The much-anticipated screening of the film, directed by Rob W. King and Josh Courtney, stars Nicolas Cage, Sarah Lind, Jakob Davies and features Hugh Dillion and Lorne Cardinal.  The dystopian thriller set in the year 2030 was filmed in 2017 in Oliver and Osoyoos using three innovative platforms including Barco Escape and cinematic virtual reality.  The cast and crew screening of the sci-fi action thriller will be held at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in the Mary Irwin Theatre. A limited number of KFX VIP and regular ticket holders be able to attend this event as well.

The second major event on March 23 is THE DEBATERS – LIVE! in the Kelowna Community Theatre.  THE DEBATERS – LIVE! is the comedy stage show where comics go toe-to-toe in a battle of laughs and logic.  This special live event features host Steve Patterson and two of his favourite comics Evany Rosen (Hotel Transylvania, Picnicface) and Ivan Decker, (Featured on Conan O’Brien and just nominated for a Juno Award for 2018 Comedy Album of the Year) performing stand-up and two hilarious debates created for the Kelowna Fan Experience live audiences only.  The engaging format is part stand-up, part quiz show, and part comedy competition with the live audience picking the winner.  Steve Patterson and Evany Rosen will also be on site on Saturday to do book signings and meet fans as well.

Saturday and Sunday bring out more stars including Nathalie Boltt (Riverdale, District 9), Aleks Paunovic (Planet of The Apes, Van Helsing), PJ Phil (Much Music & YTV), Gary Jones (Stargate SG-1 & the Sentinel); directors Lisa Ovies and Jason Bourque; performers like dancer Spandy Andy and high profile cosplayers including The Fighting Dreamers, Stoosh Cosplay, and Bethany McNab.

KFX is entering its fifth birthday festival year.  Produced by New Vintage Theatre, the international pop culture festival brings together an impressive list of high profile performers, artists, gamers, cosplayers, designers, and filmmakers.  KFX Producer Melissa Sbrega says of today’s announcement, “Including THE HUMANITY BUREAU in this year’s already fantastic line up is positively thrilling. We can’t wait to host the Cast and Crew of the film.”

Last year over 4000 people took in two separate days of KFX programming.  This year’s festival will add a third day of fun and cool events. KFX and New Vintage Theatre encourage everyone not to delay getting their tickets to the weekend of events on March 23, 24 and 25.  Comments Sbrega, “We sell out tickets every year. Don’t be disappointed and get your tickets for KFX on sale now, and then you will be guaranteed a seat for all the excitement!”

Regular and VIP tickets for Kelowna Fan Experience (KFX) are available at www.selectyourtickets.com 

For more information or an interview about the premiere or KFX 2018, email producer@kelownafx.com or check out www.kelownafx.com