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 viff.org

Picks of the Week – May 3, 2017

It’s time to see if those April showers really did bring us May flowers while we’re out and about checking the picks of the week.

Social: Canada’s largest social media conference Social Media Camp brings novices, experts, and enthusiasts together in Victoria, BC this week.

Punk: The Commodore Ballroom welcomes punk supergroup Me First and The Gimme Gimmes tonight.

Circle Game photo: Tyler Branston

Icon: Firehall Arts Centre stages a unique musical experience, Circle Game: Reimagining the music of Joni Mitchell, until May 20

Folk: Friday night, at the Fox Cabaret, The Vancouver Folk Music Festival Society presents Martin Harley as a prelude to this summer’s Folk Fest

Sips: Find festivities and activities all over the region during the 3rd Annual BC Cider Week until May 7th

Roar: It’s a jungle in there at XY YVR grab your leopard print and costume for Jungle Party on Friday night,

Films: The curtain raises on tomorrow for the 2017 DOXA Documentary Film Festival, bringing 10 days of docs to screens around the city.

Drama: The new work, The Piano Teacher is on the Arts Club’s Goldcorp Stage at BMO Theatre Centre until May 14th.

Blooms:  The Abbotsford Tulip Festival  brings explosions of colour to the Fraser Valley until Sunday

Rock: Friday night, catch Melissa Etheridge‘s M.E. Live tour at River Rock Show Theatre

Run: Lace up the runners and hit the road or cheer on your fave marathoner at the BMO Vancouver Marathon on Sunday

Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film Releases 2017 Line-up

The inaugural Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film is set to take place at The ACT Arts Centre in Maple Ridge from Friday, March 17 to Sunday, March 19, 2017.

“Just as The ACT Arts Centre’s ‘ACT Presents’ performance series is designed to introduce new Canadian and BC talent to our audiences, the ‘Festival of BC Film’ has been created to bring more attention and access to the work of BC filmmakers,” says Executive and Artistic Director, Lindy Sisson.

John Wittmayer, owner of The Ridge Film Studios states, “This festival aims to raise the profile of films made in British Columbia, and supporting the awareness of the amazing talent that this province has to offer is truly something to be proud of.”

The Festival runs from Friday, March 17 to Sunday March 19, 2017 and features the following six shorts and six feature films over the course of three days;

FRIDAY, MARCH 17 at 8:00pm

Feature Film: Numb
Director: Jason R. Goode

Short: Anxious Oswald Greene
Director: Marshall Axani

SATURDAY, MARCH 18 at 5:00pm

Feature Film: Fractured Land
Directors: Damien Gillis & Fiona Rayher

Short: Counter Act
Directors: Heath Affolter, Jon Affolter, Nathan Affolter, & Thomas Affolter

SATURDAY, MARCH 18 at 7:30pm

Feature Film: Black Fly
Director: Jason Borque

Short: The Timekeeper
Director: Scott Weber

SUNDAY, MARCH 19 at 2:00pm

Feature Film: The Wingman
Director: Jim Garrison

 

 

Short: I Wanna Date U
Director: Lisa Ovies

SUNDAY, MARCH 19 at 5:00pm

Feature Film: Lawrence and Holloman
Director: Matthew Kowalchuk

Short: Monster
Director: Deborah Burns

SUNDAY, MARCH 19 at 7:30pm

Feature Film: Into the Forest
Director: Patricia Rozema

Short: Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story
Director: Matthew Kowalchuk

Tickets for the Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film start at $11 for single films.  Tickets, trailers and details are available on the Festival website

Top 10 Films of 2016

As we wrap up the year, there’s a good chance you and your friends and family have gone to see a movie this holiday season.  You’re not alone, as the 2016 box office has been a record breaker with the North American box office alone expected to break the 2105 record, hitting 11.35 billion by year-end.

Here’s a look at the 2016 Top 10 Films grosses worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo, up to December 29th.

1 Captain America: Civil War $1,153.3

2 Finding Dory $1,027.8

3 Zootopia $1,023.8

4 The Jungle Book (2016) $966.6

5 The Secret Life of Pets $875.4

6 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $873.3

7 Deadpool $783.1

8 Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them $747.5

9 Suicide Squad $745.6

10 Doctor Strange $656.7

By the end of the weekend, Rogue One : A Star Wars Story ($653.9) will have pushed Doctor Strange out of 10th place.

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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 doxafestival.ca.

Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2015

VQFFLogoFullColourHorizontalNext week, get out and find some great films, on August 13th, Vancouver’s second largest film festival gets underway. The Vancouver Queer Film Festival brings films from around the world for 11 days of movies and events happening all around the city.  In addition to celebrating the best in independent queer cinema the VQFF aims to stimulate conversation and community through through the plethora of performances, panels and workshops.

Now in its 27th year, this year the VQFF shines a spotlight on Canada, Latin America, DIY Gender and Queer youth.  There’s too many films and events to list but some of the highlights of the Festival include Opening Film Eisenstein in Guanajuato from acclaimed directors Peter Greenaway, which is followed by the Opening Gala at Robson Square.  In The Turn is the Youth Gala celebrating sport of roller derby at Woodwards Atrium, while South Korean director July Jung’s A Girl At My Door is the Centrepiece film and Jung also hosts a chance of a lifetime filmmaking workshop.  The Closing Gala, following the film Game Face, is always a great time and wraps up the festival with a bang.

Tickets for the Vancouver Queer Film Festival are now on sale online at queerfilmfestival.ca/tickets or in person at Little Sisters Bookstore, Black Dog Video or at the door (based on availability) 

 

 

DOXA Closing Night

The 2015 DOXA Documentary Film Festival wrapped up on Sunday with closing night film “Iris” preceded by the 2015 festival awards.

The 2015 Jurors choose the following films in the four categories;

Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming: Victoria Lean for “After The Last River”
DOXA Short Documentary Award: Dan Popa for “Island & Flight”
Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary presented by William F. White: Kevin Nikkel for “On the Trail of the Far Fur Country”
DOXA Feature Documentary Award: Anna Roussillon for “Je suis le peuple (I Am the People)”

The DOXA closing night film “Iris” is a brilliant documentary about “Octogenarian Starlet” Iris Apfel, a New York City fashion and interior design icon known for her style and company “Old World Weavers”. A 2005 MoMa exhibit celebrating her astounding personal style and collection of clothing and accessories propelled her to legendary status.  The final movie by documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, “Iris” is a treat to watch, the story of 94 year old Ms Apfel and her 100 year old husband Carl is an energizing and educating life lesson.

DOXA has wrapped for 2015 but if you get the chance to see “Iris” you’ll surely enjoy it.

If you missed DOXA, the Best of DOXA is coming up May 23 & 24, your final chance to see four of the Festival’s faves. Buy tickets online at doxafestival.ca