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The 27th Vancouver International Film Festival, which concluded its 16-day run on October 10, is pleased to announce the films that were top favourites and runners-up in the public voting for VIFF's audience awards. The winners of all awards, audience and juried, were announced prior to the closing gala film; all awards are recapped here.Festival Director Alan Franey also advised that the number of admissions was 142,425, down slightly from last year. He said, "It was a festival of riches that h...

International Film Guide Inspiration Award At Vancouver Film Festival

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  Wednesday, October 15-----Canadian debut filmmaker Cameron Labine has been awarded the inaugural International Film Guide Inspiration Award at this past weekend’s Awards Gala at the Vancouver International Film Festival (www.viff.org). Labine won for his feature debut, the comedy Control Alt Delete (www.controlaltdeletemovie.com), which screened in the Canadian Images section of the Festival. The film was chosen from among nearly 100 Canadian films by the Programming Committee ...

International Film Guide Inspiration Award

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Canadian debut filmmaker Cameron Labine has been awarded the inaugural International Film Guide Inspiration Award at this past weekend’s Awards Gala at the Vancouver International Film Festival (www.viff.org). Labine won for his feature debut, the comedy Control Alt Delete (www.controlaltdeletemovie.com), which screened in the Canadian Images section of the Festival.The film was chosen from among nearly 100 Canadian films by the Programming Committee of the Canadian Images section of the Festi...

Vancouver International Film Festival hands out 11 awards

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The 27th annual Vancouver International Film Festival concluded its 16-day run today with the closing gala screening of Laurent Cantet's film THE CLASS (Entre les murs) in the Visa Screening Room at the Empire Granville 7 Cinemas. The Closing Gala was presented by Desjardins Financial Security.The winners of five juried awards and five audience awards were announced prior to the screening; a sixth juried award was announced previously. More award details and the attendance tally will be released...

VIFF's 23rd Annual Film and Television Forum wrapped

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A slate of cinema's top award-winning filmmakers galvanized a 'standing-room-only' event at VIFF's 23rd Annual Film and Television Forum on Saturday, September 27 at the Vancouver International Film Centre. New Filmmakers' Day, the only event of its kind in Western Canada drew a packed house for such notable guests as Oscar-winning cinematographer Guillermo Navarro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hell Boy II: The Golden Army) and Sundance favourites, the writer/director team Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half Ne...

Launching International Film Guide Inspiration Award

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A new Filmmaker Award has been announced that will be given to emerging filmmakers at a series of upcoming film festival events. The International Film Guide Inspiration Award, presented by Wallflower Press (www.wallflowerpress.co.uk), the largest independent film book publisher in the UK, and the Criterion Collection (www.criterion.com), the leading distributor of classic world cinema, is a unique prize of film books, reference guides and film DVDs designed to provide emerging filmmakers at the...

VIFF from Vancouver Film & TV Forum

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The VIFF's 23rd Annual Film and Television Forum gets down to the serious business of financing and distribution with a world-class line-up of heavy hitters from around the globe. From co-venturing with the US to international co-productions with Ireland, Germany and Mexico, this year's seminars, Tête-à-tête meetings and Speed Dating sessions explore the innovative new paradigms in the shifting worlds of financing, distribution and marketing. "With various major US distributors shutting down...

Vancouver Film Festival reveals line up of 47 features

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Festival Director Alan Franey and programmers Tony Rayns and Shelly Kraicer today announced that the 27th annual Vancouver International Film Festival will feature a total of 47 features, 5 mid-length films and 23 shorts in the Festival's cornerstone Dragons & Tigers: The Cinemas of East Asia program. Again presented this year thanks to the generous support of Brad Birarda, the Dragons & Tigers program is one of the pre-eminent showcases of East Asian films in the world. The series will feature ...

VIFF 2008 Preview

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The 27th annual Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) will be held from September 25 to October 10, 2008. VIFF is delighted to be able to bring to Vancouver many of the top prize-winners from the major world film festivals. Acclaimed earlier this year at Cannes were THREE MONKEYS (Turkey), for which Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the Best Director award; IL DIVO, by Paolo Sorrentino, which won a Jury Prize; A CHRISTMAS TALE (France) by Arnaud Desplechin, which won a Special Prize; TULPAN (Russia/K...

Vancouver Festival sets box office records

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The 26th annual Vancouver International Film Festival has broken the $1 million box office mark for the first time. The cost of putting on the festival exceeds $2.5 million, so that $1 million covers 40% of expenses with the balance being made up by sponsorship from the private sector (42%) and from government (18%). The popularity of the festival, as well as the media coverage and ballot results for individual films were more enthusiastic than ever.  For the past decade, the number of films an...

The planet wins at Vancouver

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VIFF 2007 award winners announcedThe 26th annual Vancouver International Film Festival concluded its highly successful 16-day run today with the closing gala screening of Pierre Salvadori’s film PRICELESS (HORS DE PRIX) in the Visa Screening Room at the Empire Granville 7 Cinemas. Prior to the screening, festival director Alan Franey announced the winners of five juried awards and three audience awards; a sixth juried award was announced previously. Mr. Franey also announced that ticket sales ...

Vancouver International Film Festival Awards

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The 26th Vancouver International Film Festival will hand out eight awards just before the Closing Gala screening of “Priceless” on October 12. The awards ceremony takes place in the Visa Screening Room at the Empire Granville 7 Cinemas (855 Granville at Robson). The awards are: • Kyoto Planet "Climate for Change" Award ($25,000) • Citytv Western Canada Feature Film Award ($12,000) • Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short ...

VIIFF Vancouver Announces Award Winners

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25th Vancouver International Film Festival Announces Award WinnersAlan Franey, Director of the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Vancouver International Film Centre, today announced the following award winners (click here to read the full release): The People’s Choice Award for Most Popular International FilmThe People’s Choice Award for Most Popular International Film goes to DAS LEBEN DER ANDEREN / THE LIVES OF OTHERS (Germany). This unexpectedly heartwarming political thriller...

VIFF: 'Todo Todo Teros' named Dragons and Tigers Award winner

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Dragons & Tigers Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival Felicitas Becker This year’s Dragons and Tigers Award at VIFF went to the Philippine director John Torres for TODO TODO TEROS. This award is one of the most prestigious for Asian films. Many of today’s most renowned directors from the region, considered among the most significant figures of world cinema, were awarded this prize early in their career. Winners have included Kore-eda Hirokazu (Maborosi, 1995), Hong Sang-...

VIFF: 'Todo Todo Teros' nameg Dragons and Tigers Award winner

Dragons & Tigers Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival Felicitas Becker This year’s Dragons and Tigers Award at VIFF went to the Philippine director John Torres for TODO TODO TEROS. This award is one of the most prestigious for Asian films. Many of today’s most renowned directors from the region, considered among the most significant figures of world cinema, were awarded this prize early in their

Dragons & Tigers Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival

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This year’s Dragons and Tigers Award at VIFF went to the Philippine director John Torres for TODO TODO TEROS. This award is one of the most prestigious for Asian films. Many of today’s most renowned directors from the region, considered among the most significant figures of world cinema, were awarded this prize early in their career. Winners have included Kore-eda Hirokazu (Maborosi, 1995), Hong Sang-Soo (The Day the Pig Fell Into the Well, 1996), Zhang Ming (Rainclouds Over Wushan, 1996), L...

Between East and West : Vancouver International Film Festival

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Organizing a major film festival in Vancouver may seem an impossible task. Two of the very best film festivals in North America take place in Toronto and Montreal, and if one thinks of major Canadian film festivals, Vancouver will not be the first one to spring to mind. North American film festivals, however, tend to cater for the most important ethnic minorities present in their location. Vancouver has the great advantage of being home to minorities that happen to come from those countries (Jap...

industry seminars at the Vancouver Festival’s TV Forum

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The VIFF 21ST Annual Film and Television Forum Featuring New Filmmakers’ Day at the Rogers Industry CentreEmerging filmmakers and seasoned pros look forward to a full program of industry seminars and networking opportunities at the Vancouver International Film Festival’s 21st Annual Film and Television Forum, September 27 – 29. September 30 wraps the Forum with ever-popular New Filmmakers’ Day (NFD). The only event of its kind in western Canada, NFD provides BC’s next generation of fi...

The Cinemas of East Asia program at Vancouver Fest

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Festival Director Alan Franey and programmer Tony Rayns today announced that the 25th annual Vancouver International Film Festival will feature a total of 39 features, three mid-length films and 35 shorts in the Festival's cornerstone Dragons & Tigers: The Cinemas of East Asia program. Again presented this year thanks to the generous support of Brad Birarda of Research Capital, the Dragons & Tigers program is one of the preeminent showcases of East Asian films in the world. The series will featu...

Vancouver to open with latest Almodovar's Volver

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The 25th Annual Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) will open on September 28 with a screening of Pedro Almodóvar’s VOLVER. Festival Director Alan Franey also announced a few of the special events and thematic highlights of this year’s festival, which will take place September 28 to October 13 at ten theatres in the Vancouver area, again centred at the Empire Granville 7 Cinemas.“In our 25th year, rather than reflecting on the past, the VIFF looks to the future with much curiosit...

The Vancouver International Film Festival awards

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The Vancouver International Film Festival has set another box-office record, with ticket sales up for a total of $978,000. (against a $2.5 million budget) This is by far the highest percentage of any major film festival in Canada. The festival also surpassed the 150,000 attendance mark once again, reached for the first time in 2002. In all there were 572 public screenings for a total of 342 films including 231 features and mid-lengths, of which there were 8 world premieres, 22 international prem...

Vancouver Festival awards

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Alan Franey, Director of the Vancouver International Film Festival and the new Vancouver International Film Centre, today announced the following award winners: AUDIENCE AWARDS The People’s Choice Award for Most Popular International Film goes to Rahu Mihaileanu’s LIVE AND BECOME (Israel/France). This year the voting for the Federal Express Award for Most Popular Canadian Feature Film is Julia Kwan’s EVE & THE FIRE HORSE (British Columbia). JURIED AWARDS Jurors Kristine Anderson, ...

Dragons & Tigers Award to "Ox Hide"

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This year’s jury for the Dragons & Tigers Award at Vancouver International Film Festival was made up of David Bordwell (USA), Li Cheuk-To (Hong Kong) and Gerwin Tamsma (The Netherlands). They have selected Ox Hide by LIU Jiayin from China as winner of the 2005 Dragons & Tigers The film is a bold effort that shows astonishing confidence in both dramatic and stylistic choices made by the filmmaker. Ms Liu treats her own family life with insight, humour and clear-sightedness. Amongst other virt...

Vancouver ready with heavy line up

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24th Annual VIFF Announces Full Line-Up of Films and Events Vancouver, BC (September 7, 2005) – The 24rd Vancouver International Film Festival announced today that it will show 329 films, including 230 feature and mid-length films, at more than 500 screenings. The slate includes 8 World Premieres, 22 International Premieres, 38 North American Premieres, 59 Canadian Premieres and 10 English-Canadian Premieres. The Festival will open on September 29 with a Gala screening of Deepa Mehta’s WATER...

Vancouver Film and TV forum organises 1 minute film contest

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VIFF Film & Television Trade Forum Celebrates Twenty Years With the Opening of the New Vancouver International Film Centre: Film & Television Trade Forum 1 - Minute Motion Picture Contest to Commemorate the Occasion The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) Film & Television Trade Forum marks its 20th anniversary with the grand opening of the Vancouver International Film Centre (VIFC) on Sept. 28, while the Trade Forum 1 - Minute Motion Picture Contest, sponsored by Kodak pays tribute to ...

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