Same Planet, Different Worlds. The 29th Vancouver International Film Festival.

More people watch Canadian films at VIFF than any other festival, and this year is no exception: there are 86 Canadian films in the program, out of 700 submissions: a tribute to the amazing work that's going on in Hollywood North.

“The Canadian Images program traditionally includes some of the hottest tickets at VIFF, and this year we have some really exceptional BC films to offer,” says Canadian Images programmer Terry McEvoy.


September 30 marks the opening day of the 29th Vancouver International Film Festival. This year there are 359 films in total, from 80 countries.

“’We must cultivate our garden.’ Those are the last words of Voltaire’s Candide and good advice regarding this year’s harvest of Canadian films,” continued McEvoy. “In an environment of funding drought and invasive non-native species, VIFF is a great opportunity to hear the stories from our national back forty. The market report is that there’s a great crop of dramatic features, docs and shorts to satisfy just about every taste and diet. Bon appétit.”

Some of the highlights of the festival are the gala presentation films.

The festival will open September 30 with Canadian director Richard J. Lewis' film BARNEY'S VERSION (Canada/Italy) based on the book by Mordecai Richler, and starring Dustin Hoffman.

October 1 brings the Canadian Images Gala and Carl Bessai's film, FATHERS & SONS (Canada).

The Dragons & Tigers Awards Gala, October 7, will showcase director Feng Ziaogang's film AFTERSHOCK (China).

The Anniversary Gala, October 9, will screen the film that opened the Toronto International Film Festival, director Michael McGowan's film SCORE: A HOCKEY MUSICAL (Canada)

And the film scheduled to screen after the Closing Awards Gala October 15, is the animated film THE ILLUSIONIST (France), from director Sylvain Chomet.  

This year VIFF introduces a new series called AFRICA TODAY and one of the highlights of the series is a feature film by director Chiara Sambuchi, GOOD MORNING AFRICA.

A few other films to watch for are :

Homayoun Asadian's film GOLD & COPPER
Ann Marie Fleming's I WAS A CHILD OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS
Jean-Paul Jaud's SEVERN-THE VOICE OF OUR CHILDREN
TINGLEWOOD, from the short series TEENAGE HELL
Micheal Ostroff's WINDS OF HEAVEN
Mohammad Rasoulof's THE WHITE MEADOWS

A little added fun:

Every year the films that are shown are preceded by a one minute VIFF related, short, comedic, trailer film.   
Andrea Southcott (president of TBWA Vancouver) announced that this year they would be trying something new.

The festival runs for sixteen days so instead of showing a series of trailers, they've decided to make one film and divide it into sixteen sections, screening a new section each day. The story will gradually unfold over the course of the festival, culminating on the last day. Kind of a reward for the avid film goers.

Although you will have to wait for the final day of the festival to see the final episode, you will be able to catch up on missed episodes by going to www.thewarden16.com

This is going to be a great year for VIFF. The line-up of films is fantastic.
VIFF runs from September 30 to October 15
go to VIFF for information on shows and where you can get tickets.

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