October 1 to 16th, various locations
Sure TIFF is going on right now and those bastards back east must have the biggest everything let alone film festival in the country. However, TIFF just doesn’t seem as glamourous as it did in years past. Could it be another victim of the greatest recession of all time because I thought it was over? Come on Vancouver here is your opportunity to steal the spotlight! Whatever, you’ll some how find a way to mess it up.
Both in terms of admissions and number of films screened (142,425 and 360 respectively in 2008) VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. We screen films from over 70 countries on 10 screens. The international line-up includes, in addition to many undiscovered gems, the pick of the world’s top film fests.
Three main programming platforms make our festival unique: we screen the largest selection of East Asian films outside of that region, we are one of the biggest showcases of Canadian film in the world and we have a large and important nonfiction program (over one third of films last year were docs).
Attracting a large, attentive and enthusiastic audience of film lovers, the festival remains accessible, friendly and culturally diverse. As the critics say, VIFF is very much a festival “designed for the benefit of people who love films and people who make them.” (VIFF)
It will also feature The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Heath Ledgers final performance.