Reel Peachfest film festival winners

The inaugural Reel Peachfest film festival concluded Sunday evening.

The inaugural Reel Peachfest film festival concluded Sunday evening with the winning submissions being screened at the Penticton Peach Festival.

The Reel PeachFest was a new event for the Penticton Peach Festival filling in a void before the headline act performed each night and utilizing the giant LED screen beside the stage.

“Each night before the main act plays at 9:30 we have a space to fill as the stage gets set up. It is too dark and crowded to have other entertainment,” commented Peach Festival President Don Kendall. “We were excited to add another event that expands entertainment value and diversity to help grow our signature festival in Penticton.”

There were 32 submissions with 28 of the film shorts or commercials being displayed each evening. Producers submitted one to three minute videos in either liquid libations or Okanagan experience categories. Winners received $1,000 for first place, $500 for second, $250 for third and $500 to people’s choice.

The following are the winners:

Liquid Libations: first place — Welcome the Craft Beer Revolution produced by Dave Mai. Second place — Craft Beard produced by Chris Stenberg. Third place — Imperial Soda produced by Tracer Films

Peoples Choice: PeachBurger — produced by Andrew Jakubeit

Okanagan Experience: First place — Skaha Bluffs produced by Dave Mai. Second place — From Tree to You produced by Shawn Talbot and Jan Vozenilek. Third place — Diner en Blanc produced by David McIlvride, Alison Love and Christine Ferreira.

Peoples Choice: Skaha Bluffs produced by Dave Mai

“The vision behind the festival was: to help our sponsors (tourism) acquire video footage and stories to promote our region, entertain the crowds of thousands at PeachFest, and provide a venue for local film makers to showcase their amazing creative talent.” stated organizer and film producer Andrew Jakubeit.

The Reel Peachfest film festival is expected to return next year so start thinking of a creative, epic and visually explosive concept to dazzle the crowds.

To view all the submissions or more information visit