If only those trees could talk

Locals win short snacks video contest

Local videographers Jason van der Valk and his wife Seanna created a short two-minute video to showcase the plight of old growth forests and for their effort they came away with first prize in a national competition. The two-minute video opens with Ralph Hull and goes on to highlight Avatar Grove in Port Renfrew.

The “short snack” competition, for the DiscoverWorldHD, 4th Annual Short Snacks, video contest features Sooke and Port Renfrew. It will be viewed at the Planet in Focus film festival being held in Toronto on Oct. 16. They will get a chance to view their submission at the closing night gala of the four-day festival presented by Ziya Ton co-host of Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet.

“His entry, If These Trees Could Talk received unanimous praise from our judges. The film won for its creativity, original story-telling, and choice of environmental topic, among other reasons,” said the judges.