VIFF 2017 kicks off September 28

The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) returns to screens around the city from September 28 – October 3, 2017.

For over 35 years, VIFF has brought us hundreds of films from around the world and this year continues to build on that legacy.  Screening international films from over 70 countries, alongside Canadian and BC films VIFF is amongst the top five film festivals in North America.  Keeping up with the times, VIFF restructured last year to showcase new media and include interactive experiences, talks, sessions and other events.
VIFF LIVE is live music, showcasing established and emerging BC artists as well as live score presentations of selected films.
Creator Talks bring the audience face to face for a glimpse behind the scenes with those who create the magic on screen.
Virtual Reality Day transports viewers into the new world of VR and AR.
Buffer Festival collaborates with VIFF for a full day for those who are or want to be YouTube Creators.

Not to be forgotten the array of films presented by VIFF bring the globe to Vancouver.

The 2017 VIFF programming includes the following categories:

Panorama – The world’s boldest creators and their exceptional works. The year’s most anticipated international films and new discoveries curated specifically for VIFF audiences.

Sea to Sky – A showcase of the inspired works emerging from the creative nexus that is British Columbia.

True North – A celebration of the extraordinary creativity and craft being demonstrated by Canadian storytellers from coast to coast.

Impact – Uncompromising films and insightful discussions that spark action and change the way we see the world.

Next – Interactive screen-based experiences, talks and sessions with creative leaders designed to educate and inspire public and professional attendees alike.

Gateway – Journey into the compelling cinematic worlds envisioned by some of East Asia’s most adventurous artists.

M/A/D – Music, art and design receive their deserved big-screen treatment in this aesthetically alluring stream that’s enhanced by exhibitions and live performances.

ALT – Genre-bending features that defy traditional classification and creators who push short form storytelling to its limits

VIFF opens September 28 and continues until October 3, 2017.
Memberships, festival passes and single tickets are available now online at

Summer Outdoor Movies 2017

This week Fresh Air Cinemas’ outdoor movies got underway at Stanley Park, Lansdowne Centre and other spots around Metro Vancouver, bringing in another season of outdoor movie fun.  Harkening back to the days of the drive-in, Outdoor Movies make parks, parking lots and piers into open-air cinemas. Bring a blanket, a picnic, friends and sit back and relax as you watch a film as dusk sets in.

Some central spots to watch a weekly outdoor movie are;

Theatre Under The Stars at The Shops at Morgan Crossing in Surrey, next showing Big Hero 6 tomorrow night, July 7th.

North Vancouver Family Movie Nights at Civic Plaza, next showing The Neverending Story tomorrow night, July 7th.

Lansdowne Centre’s Starlight Drive-In / Walk-In, (watch from your car or bring your own patio chair) next showing Beauty and the Beast on July 12th

Evo Summer Cinema Series at Ceperley Meadow in Stanley Park, next hosting The Goonies on July 11th


Many more spots around Metro Vancouver and throughout BC host regular or special event outdoor movies. Visit Outdoor Movies BC on Facebook or download the Ourdoor Movies BC app on the App Store or Google Play, to keep up to date on other Fresh Air Cinema movies coming up near you.


Reel 2 Real Film Festival opens Sunday April 2nd

The Reel 2 Real Film Festival is back from April 2-8th, 2017 at the Roundhouse Community Centre and Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre. Rather than just a family friendly festival, Reel 2 Reel is an adult friendly Film Festival.  The film programming has been geared towards youth between the ages of 6-19 who can bring along their families, caregivers, and teachers to enjoy films together.

Canadian and international films, live action dramas, documentaries, animated features and short films, fill the Reel 2 Real film program.

To help the younger audience members appreciate the foreign-language entries, Reel 2 Real Film Festival offers the unique feature of actors reading the subtitles to the audience.  

The program isn’t just film either, kicking off the Festival, on April 2nd, Sunday Funday is a event packed with activities for all ages. The event happens at Roundhouse Community Centre from 10am to 2:30pm and includes an all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast, four short-film program themes to choose from plus DIY animation workshops, all for the $5 admission price. 

The Opening Night Film – The Sun At Midnight, from the Northwest Territories, (in English and some Gwich’in with English subtitles) opens Reel 2 Real Film Festival at the VIFF Theatre with a Q&A session with filmmaker and lead actors then an Opening Party follows the 4:30pm screening.

Reel 2 Real Film Festival closes on April 8th at the VIFF Theatre at 7pm, with the Closing Night Film, the West Coast premiere of Louise By The Shore, an animated feature from France (in French with English subtitles).

Visit the Reel 2 Real Film Festival website for tickets and the complete film program and all the student, family and other activities.

Picks of the Week – August 24, 2016

As we reach the final stretch of the summer holidays, the city’s filled with activities and entertainment to make that final lead up to Labour Day long weekend.

tastingplates_WEEat: Tonight, take a flavourful tour around the West End, with Tasting Plates West End edition.

Docs: Enjoy a free DOXA Summer Screening of the Festival fave “Pistol Shrimps” tonight at Robson Square.

Duo: Tonight Rogers Arena welcomes Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas’s Future Now: The Tour with opening act Mike Posner to the stage

Indie: You won’t get mad when you catch American pop / soul group Fitz and The Tantrums onstage at the Vogue Theatre tonight.

Movie: Take a gamble on Casino Royale, the Wednesday night outdoor movie at Lansdowne Centre Starlight Cinema, watch from your car, drive-in style, or bring a lawn chair and watch al fresco

Ivories: Drink, Sing, Laugh at XYYVR with Keys Piano Bar & Live Showtunes on Wednesday night

Hollaback: Thursday at Rogers Arena, Gwen Stefani brings her This Is What The Truth Feels Like Tour to Vancouver

Broadway: Come say Hello as Broadway Across Canada presents the Book of Mormon at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre until September 4th.

Bamboleo: The famed French act Gipsy Kings bring their energetic latin pop music to the Vogue Theatre on Friday night.

Tops: From Toronto to Vancouver for one night only SkankTop XYYVR Edition brings DJs SPRLVR and Michael K to the turntables for a Friday night of drink specials, dancing and tank tops galore

Games: Saturday night is the opening ceremony of the inaugural Americas Masters Games, the Vancouver games welcome Masters (30 years +) athletes from all around the Americas to compete until September 4th

Fair:  The Fair at The PNE packs Hastings Park with entertainment all day and into the night with Summer Night Concerts nightly until September 5th.

Fight: Saturday night is Fight Night as UFC returns to Vancouver for a bout in the octogon at Rogers Arena.

ONYX: XYYVR’s signature night, ONYX, has DJ Dom Top and Teayana providing your Saturday night entertainment.

WildBoys: Sunday night, Duran Duran brings their Paper Gods tour to Rogers Arena with opening act Chic with Niles Rogers.

Drag: Sunday night, Katy Hairy presents StickyNSweet Drag Show at Displace Hashery in Kits featuring a plethora of Vancouver’s best performers

2016 Vancouver Queer Film Festival

VQFFLogoFullColourHorizontalThis Thursday is the day #Festies all around the city wait for all year, the start of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF). The 2nd largest Film Festival in Vancouver brings 11 days of great films to the screen from August 11 to 21.  The Vancouver Queer Film Festival brings over 80 films from 20 countries for 11 days of movies and events happening all around the city.  In addition to celebrating the best in independent queer cinema the 28th edition of VQFF aims to stimulate conversation and community through through the plethora of performances, panels and workshops.

This year the VQFF shines a spotlight on Indigenous Stories and Black Lives Matter blending film with workshops, talk-back sessions, parties, bannock and more during the Festival. Watch for the Two Spirit REELness Spotlight, curated by Harlan Pruden as well as the Black Lives Matter Spotlight in collaboration with BLM Vancouver. 

Closing Film: Kiki
Closing Film: Kiki

The Festival opens at Vancouver Playhouse with Summertime part of the Women Transforming Cinema spotlight, followed by the Opening Gala Starlight Soiree at Queen Elizabeth Plaza. Then 11 days later, the Festival closes with Kiki, also at the Playhouse followed by a the Closing Gala at The Junction.

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Centrepiece Film: Strike A Pose

Along the way find a plethora of other films and events including the Centrepiece Gala featuring Strike A Pose, the documentary following a collection of Madonna’s back-up dancers from the Blonde Ambition Tour with a couple of the featured artists present at the screening.

View the complete line up and buy tickets for the Vancouver Queer Film Festival at or in person at Little Sisters Bookstore, Black Dog Video or at the door (based on availability) and new this year the International Village VQFF Box Office

EVO Summer Cinema 2016 Line-Up

Once again Ceperley Meadow at Second Beach in Stanley Park will be the site of the EVO Summer Cinema outdoor movie series. Tuesday nights from July 5 to August 23, the park will turn into a free public cinema.  Four inflatable large movie screens will be set up around the meadow to allow maximum viewing opportunities for the thousands who show up to take in a fresh-air film.

Seating is free, on a first-come, first-seated basis, so bring a blanket (or buy one from the Fresh-Air Cinema Snack Bar) and join in the fun.  A limited number of Reserved VIP Gold Circle Seats are available in a Adirondack cottage-chair placed in the front row of the cinema.

Why not make it dinner and a movie? Packages with Gold Cirle seating and a three-course meal  from one of the West-End’s many restaurants are also available.

Bike Valet is onsite for those who peddle to the park. Food trucks and pre-show activities keep patrons entertained while waiting for the films to begin, at dusk.

The 2016 EVO Summer Cinema line-up is:

The Outsiders
Tuesday, July 5 1983
1 hour 30 minutes
Sunset: 9:20pm

Napoleon Dynamite
Tuesday, July 12 2004
1 hour 36 minutes
Sunset: 9:15pm

The Little Mermaid
Tuesday, July 19 1989
1 hour 23 minutes
Sunset: 9:10pm

TBA Pride Week Feature
Tuesday, July 26 1989
1 hour 23 minutes
Sunset: 9:00pm

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Tuesday, August 2 2015
2 hours 16 minutes
Sunset: 8:50pm

Labyrinth – David Bowie Night & 30th Anniversary 
Tuesday, August 9 1986
1 hour 41 minutes
Sunset: 8:40pm

Purple Rain – Prince Night
Tuesday, August 16 1984
1 hour 51 minutes
Sunset: 8:25pm

Dirty Dancing
Tuesday, August 23 1987
1 hour 40 minutes
Sunset: 8:15pm

Note: movie start times are approximate; scheduled films subject to change without notice.

See you at the movies!

DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2016 Launches

doxa_logo_horizontalDOXA_Guide_2016-04-06, 18 22 22This week, DOXA Documentary Film Festival debuted its 2016 Festival program guides and teased the film line-up.

The 10 day festival brings a world of documentary films to Vancouver.  From daredevils to divas, burlesque to basketball, calypso and cameras DOXA brings together films on the most diverse nonfiction topics.

Films from Europe, Australia, USA, Middle East line up against home-grown Canadian documentaries.  First time directors screen side-by-side to veteran filmmakers, DOXA creates a level playing field for all films.  Industry panels and talks compliment the feature length and short films.

Aim For The Roses

DOXA opens May 5th at the Vancouver Playhouse with an extraordinary docudrama, Aim For The Roses, from Canadian filmmaker John Bolton, inspired by Canadian Mark Haney’s album inspired by Canadian daredevil Ken Carter and his quest to jump the St Lawrence River in a rocket-powered Lincoln Continental. 

League of Exotique Dancers

The DOXA spotlight, Borders and Boundaries looks at the current refugee crisis, as well as the more difficult to establish notion of boundaries with a selection of films that breakdown the national barriers, and even tackle time and space.

Pistol Shrimps

Midweek highlights include presentations of Brent Hodge’s Pistol Shrimps and Rama Rau’s The League of Exotique Dancers look at the way women are fighting for strength and identity, whether that is on the basketball court or the burlesque stage. 

MayaAngelou_AndStillIRiseOther curated programs look at growing up black in America (Black Life Is, Ain’t and Still Rises) or living through a revolution (Arab Spring / Arab Fall) and the second edition of French French includes a retrospective of the work of acclaimed filmmaker Claire Simon.

In the closing night film, Cameraperson, Kirsten Johnson turns her camera upon herself and examines her own body of work including collaborations with Laura Poitras (Citizenfour) and Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11),

DOXA Documentary Film Festival runs May 5 –15, 2016.
Tickets are available online at