The Vancouver International Film Festival has just reached the half way mark, with one more full week of films to feast on. To help navigate the rest of the festival, I thought I’d share a page or two from my festival diary and reveal a few tips and tricks for those who have yet to experience film fest fever.
I also thought I would round up some of the films with a hometown connection, and so I’ve selected 10 films from the program that have a special Vancouver connection.
I have to admit, this festival takes a special place in my heart. VIFF was one of the first major events that I attended when I arrived in Vancouver back in 2004. Since then, I have returned each year like a pilgrim in search of cinematic zeitgeist. VIFF is a real film fan’s festival; it has great programing with a strong international selection, excellent shorts, and a nice mix of docs and dramas. For my first festival, I started with a quota of 10 films, adding a few more screenings once the festival was underway. Ceský sen (2004) was my festival favourite for many years to come! Then in 2006, I got to enjoy VIFF with the aid of a corporate sponsor pass; it was my first taste of the unlimited bliss that a festival pass can offer. …READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY>>>