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Countdown to the 17th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival Begins

DH Vancouver Staff Oct 24, 2013 7:15 am

The Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) is pleased to announce the countdown to its much anticipated 17th Annual celebration of Asian filmmaking set for November 7 to 10, 2013 at Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas in Vancouver.

This year’s theme, Naughty or Rice, has set the stage for a diverse mix of independent, controversial and thought-provoking films from around the world.

“We are extremely excited for the countdown to this year’s 17th annual VAFF to begin,” stated Grace Chin, festival director. “Over the past few years, VAFF has continued to grow and this year’s theme, Naughty or Rice, invites our audience to challenge their own perceptions about Asian film, and has brought in an interesting array of talent. This year, we have 40 films that include feature-length films, documentaries and shorts produced by Vancouver, Canadian, American and international filmmakers.”

The opening film for VAFF 2013 is the Canadian premiere of DJ Holloway and Sun W. Kim’s Innocent Blood, a gritty dark crime thriller based in LA’s Koreatown. The Vancouver premiere of Linsanity, is director Evan Jackson Leong’s look at Jeremy Lin’s incredible play off the bench that excited a nation and broke down stereotypes in the process. Other films to note are the world premiere of Vancouver-produced John Apple Jack, the North Korean film Comrade Kim and the Canadian premiere of the Toronto-produced feature, Millions. Other notable international films are China’s Nai River, the Japanese documentary Hafu (about the mixed-race experience in Japan) and the Indian film Kismet Love Paisa Dilli, featuring Bollywood favourites Mallika Sherawat, Neha Dhupia and Vivek Oberoi.

The 17th annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival will take place on November 7 to 10, 2013, at the Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas at 88 West Pender Street in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown. Close to 3,000 audience members are expected to attend the four-day festival.

Tickets will be available online at starting October 15, or at the VAFF table located in the foyer of the Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas starting November 7.

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photo credit: Julian Fok

DH Vancouver Staff
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