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 – August 23, 2017

August and summer slowly ticks away but not before some entertaining picks of the week

Eat: Tonight the roaming food experience,  Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates heads to Commercial Drive.

Cascadia: At BC Place, Whitecaps FC hosts Seattle Sounders in Cascadia Cup play on Wednesday.

Spectacle: The tall ship Amara Zee provides the backdrop & stage for a free, unique, acrobatic aerial musical Climatopian Spectacle – Nomadic Tempest along the shores of False Creek until Sept 3rd

Soirée: Thursday the dueling al fresco dining events, Ce Soir Noir at Crab Park and Dîner en Blanc at a to be announced location bring communities together around the city.

Rock: Mononymous Singer/Songwriter Beck brings his alt-rock to the stage at The Orpheum in Vancouver on Thursday night

Shakespeare:  Bard on the Beach is under the tents at Vanier Park, Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale are on the BMO Mainstage with The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona in previews on the Howard Family Stage

Nooners: Don’t forget to enjoy the free afternoon concerts at the CBC Musical Nooners at the CBC Plaza on Hamilton St

Closing: There’s a just a few more evenings to enjoy the laughter and memories of evenings Stanley Park at Theatre Under The Stars presenting Mary Poppins and The Drowsey Chaperone on alternating evenings

PNEPNE:  The Fair at the PNE is open for another season of agriculture and entertainment including the line up of great Summer Nights Concerts this week including ZZ Top, Chicago and Colin James.

Movies: Don’t forget to head outdoors and catch cinema under the stars with Outdoor Cinema BC shows popping up all over Metro Vancouver

Picks of the Week – August 16, 2017

After weeks of smoky haze, the skies have cleared making it a pleasure to get out and enjoy the picks of the week

Spectacle: The tall ship Amara Zee docks along the shores of False Creek until Sept 3rd and becomes the backdrop & stage for a free, unique, acrobatic aerial musical Climatopian Spectacle – Nomadic Tempest.

Singer: acclaimed Canadian singer/songwriter k.d.lang performs two shows at the Orpheum Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday

Heartbreakers: Thursday night at Rogers Arena, rock legends Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers take to the stage

VQFF Closing Film: Handsome Devil

Films: Vancouver’s second largest film festival, VQFF continues around the city until Sunday.

Shakespeare:  Bard on the Beach is under the tents at Vanier Park, Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale are on the BMO Mainstage with The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona in previews on the Howard Family Stage

Nooners: Don’t forget to enjoy the free afternoon concerts at the CBC Musical Nooners at the CBC Plaza on Hamilton St

Country: Friday night Rogers Arena is filled with country stars as Zac Brown Band stop in Vancouver

Roar: The BC Lions host Calgary Stampeders at BC Place on Friday night

Mary & Bert on a Jolly Holiday
photo: Tim Matheson

HeldOver: Enjoy the laughter and memories of evenings Stanley Park at Theatre Under The Stars presenting Mary Poppins and The Drowsey Chaperone on alternating evenings until August 26

PNE: Another season of Summer Nights Concerts kicks off as the PNE opens on Saturday

Pride: The Royal City rolls out the welcome mat for the New West Pride Street Party on Columbia Street and parties throughout Saturday

Kicks: Saturday, Whitecaps FC return home to play host to Houston Dynamo for the team’s annual Pride Night at BC Place


Movies
: Don’t forget to head outdoors and catch cinema under the stars with Outdoor Cinema BC shows popping up all over Metro Vancouver

 

Vancouver Queer Film Festival starts August 10, 2017

Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF), the city’s second largest film fest gets under way in one week.  Running August 10 to 20, 2017, VQFF brings 11 days of award winning films, talkbacks, performances and parties.

I Dream In Another Language

The Festival opens at the Vancouver Playhouse with the 2017 Sundance Award-winning film, I Dream in Another Language (Sueño en Otro Idioma). Following the screening the Festival’s Opening Gala Party, a celebration under the stars at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza.

The VQFF Artist in Residence for 2017 is the prolific and multi-talented Vivek Shraya. The filmmaker, visual artist, musician, and author will spend the Festival’s opening weekend with audiences at events featuring a breadth of work from her diverse portfolio.

VQFF Artistic Directors Amber Dawn & Anoushka Ratnarajah

“We’re thrilled to be bringing audiences and artists together for once in a lifetime connections at our Festival,” said Artistic Directors Anoushka Ratnarajah and Amber Dawn. “The caliber of talent and diverse perspectives of our visiting and local filmmakers are sure to challenge and delight our highly intelligent and invested audiences. We look forward to the time we will share together.”

 


Some of the artists in attendance at VQFF include;

Taxi Stories

– Doris Yeung, writer, director and executive producer of Taxi Stories, the most ambitious film of the Festival, filmed in three countries and featuring a mostly non-actor cast.
– Philippines filmmaker Samantha Lee, whose film, Maybe Tomorrow (Baka Bukas), won the Audience Choice Award at the Cinema One Originals Festival in Manila.
– New York City poet and author, t’ai freedom ford, whose work is featured in The Revival: Women and the Word.
– Pakistani-Canadian film and television actress, writer and producer, Fawzia Mirza, for the screening of Signature Move.
– Emerging filmmaker Francis Luta, will speak with audiences after his film Project Gelb.
– Award-winning writer, playwright, performer and filmmaker, Steen Starr, whose short documentary Older than What? tells the story of twelve queer and trans elders responding to ten questions about aging, visibility, and social change.

One of the festival’s fan favourite events, The Coast is Queer, an evening dedicated to local talent, will screen on Friday, August 18 at the York Theatre. Featuring nine stellar short films from some of BC’s most standout emerging and established filmmakers, our annual local programming covers documentaries, romance, fantasy, and drama.

Handsome Devil

The Festival closes August 20th at the Vancouver Playhouse with the Closing Gala screening of 2016 Dublin Film Critics Circle Award winner Handsome Devil by Irish director John Butler.  Following the  screening the annual Closing Party at The Junction wraps another VQFF.

For full Vancouver Queer Film Festival line-up and tickets visit queerfilmfestival.com

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.

 

DOXA Documentary Film Festival Returns

DOXA Documentary Film Festival returns to screens around Vancouver this May 4th to 14th, bringing over a hundred film screenings, panels, workshops and artists talks to cinemas across the city.

The 2017 Festival opens with Marie Clements’ documentary musical The Road Forward, a celebration of First Nations history and a portrait of a people who have retained their identity and power through art, activism and community.   Closing DOXA 2017, Julian Rosefeldt’s MANIFESTO shouts revolution from the rooftops in the protean form of Cate Blanchett, playing thirteen different characters reciting this century’s greatest cultural and social manifestos.

DOXA’s midweek special presentations include Olivier Babinet’s youth blast of teenage energy in Swagger, and Jacob Smith’s Waking the Sleeping Giant that follows an intersectional coalition of activists, politicians and ordinary folk who are fighting for real democracy in the post-Trump USA.

On the eve of the Provincial election, we are very proud to present a special town hall screening of Charles Wilkinson’s new film Vancouver: No Fixed Address, which looks at the hot topic of Vancouver’s housing market.

As always, DOXA has a great line up of curated special programs some of which includes:

Justice Forum pairs each film with a speakers panel to facilitate active and critical engagement between audience, community and filmmakers.

Spotlight on Troublemakers celebrates folk who upend the applecart, wreak havoc and generally disrupt business as usual with a selection of films that resist, rage on and fight for real change.

Transmissions is DOXAs acclaimed short film program exploring the convergence between contemporary arts practices and non-fiction films.

Trumped! Now What? Guest curated by David Beers is an ensemble selection of incendiary new political films.

French French includes a retrospective of the work of the legendary filmmaker Chris Marker.

DOXA Documentary Film Festival opens May 4th at 7pm with The Road Forward at The Vogue, and closes May 14th  at 6:30pm when MANIFESTO is screen at Vancity Cinema.

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.