What’s It All About
Both in terms of admissions and the number of films screened (148,000 and 373 respectively in 2010), the Vancouver International Film festival (VIFF) is among the five largest film festivals in North America. Founded in 1982, the festival screens films from 80 countries on ten screens. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the festival and hence the international line-up includes the pick of the world’s top film fests and many undiscovered films too.
Three main programming platforms make the festival unique. It is known to screen the largest selection of East Asian films outside that region. It is also one of the biggest showcases of Canadian cinema in the world.
Watch Out For!
Opening GalaPedro Almodóvar’s Spanish film, The Skin I Live In featuring Antonio Banderas will open the festival.
Canadian film, Take This Waltz will be featured
Highlights from the Cannes Film Festival like Palme d’Or-winner, The Tree Of Life will be showcased.
Closing GalaThe Kid With a Bike will close the festival
Heaven And Earth: VIFF’s Environmental Film SeriesVIFF has been inspired by new films that marry aesthetic pleasure and environmental sensitivity.
Screenings under this programme include:
• Blood In The Mobile (Denmark/Germany)• Burning Ice (UK)
• Sushi: The Global Catch (US, Winner, Special Jury Prize, Seattle 2011)
• The Artist
• The Fairy
• Sing Your Song
• Salt Of Life