Vancouver Women in Film Festival celebrates a new kind of chick flick

Film still of festival closer Everything and Everyone from YouTube.

What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day then by attending opening night of the 2012 Vancouver Women in Film Festival?

The festival will set Vancity Theatre’s screens aglow with female power this weekend, from Mar. 8 to Mar. 11. A range of documentaries, animation and live-action films from a range of Canadian, US and international filmmakers are all on the marquee.

Feature-length flicks include festival closer Everything and Everyone, a family drama that premiered at the 2011 VIFF; a horror about lost souls, The House, by Desiree Lim; Amy Bohigian’s same-sex adoption documentary Conceiving Family; and Hotel Swooni from the Netherlands.

Short films include the comedy Hip Hop Mom, the revenge horror Doll Parts, and Choke, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival, to name a few.

One thing all the films do have in common is at least three women in key positions of the filmmaking process—director, lead actor, writer, producer and editor—to ensure a high level of representation of women at the fest. That is, after all, VWIFF’s purpose.

“Programs [like these] are integral. Without our support, women filmmakers in Canada would not have the same opportunities that exist today,” festival director Roslyn Muir said on the VWIFF webpage.

“Each year, our submissions and audience numbers grow and that proves that there is a need to have women's stories seen, heard and celebrated in the public arena.”

Panel discussions are also on the ticket, and the Spotlight Awards Gala, a reception and auction, kicks off opening night at 6 p.m.

Buy VIWFF tickets on the organizations' website or at the Vancity Theatre box office.

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