The Vancouver Short Film Festival (VSFF) is happening this weekend on Friday and Saturday, November 15 and 16, at the Vancity Theatre. This year’s program brings no shortage of cinematic delight in five different screenings with an exciting lineup of 25 short films by B.C.-bred filmmaking talent.
Now in its 4th year, the VSFF continues to celebrate the vibrant community of short film, video, and animation artists on the Canadian West Coast. The festival hopes to build ties between emerging and established professionals and provide an arena where all short filmmakers, including students, can screen their films in public and support their fellow colleagues – the ultimate goal being to connect short filmmakers to a broader audience in order to grow the local film industry.
With five different screenings over two days, film lovers will not be disappointed with this year’s selection of B.C.’s best shorts – here is a quick look at each of the screenings.
Kicking off the festival is the special B.C. ALL-STARS screening (Friday, November 15 at 6 p.m.) – this selection of five award-winning and internationally recognized B.C. shorts will bring you notable films like Mark Ratzlaff’s Beauty Mark, that tells the story of a child-beauty-queen who is pushed to the edge and must take drastic measures to reclaim her childhood.
HUMAN NATURE (Friday, November 15 at 8 p.m.) offers a glimpse into the lives of others that can be hilarious, heartbreaking, uplifting or thought provoking. Among the seven shorts in this screening is triple-Leo-award-nominee and Crazy8’s 2012 winner, The Weather Girl, by Carleen Kyle – a comedy about a former weather girl struggling with her current role as full-time caregiver for her incapacitated father, who decides to take creative advantage of two evangelists who show up at his door.
New to the festival this year is the special B.C. WEB SERIES screening (Saturday, November 16 at 3 p.m.) – a collaboration with Suzette Laqua, Festival Director of the all new Vancouver Web Fest that launches in 2014, showcasing four up-and-coming B.C. titles that have also gained international recognition. Come see what this rapidly growing, exciting new genre has to offer!
HOPE AND RENEWAL (Saturday, November 16 at 5 p.m.) celebrates the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity. Four short films including Backward Fall by Andrew Pollins – a powerfully emotional piece about a wife struggling with dementia, and her devoted husband who tries to protect the woman he loves and keep their love alive by taking the backward fall with her.
IT HAPPENS AFTER DARK (Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m.) brings horror, dark comedy and drama that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Among the five shorts in this screening is Darcy Van Poelgeest’s CORVUS – a neo-noir that follows an extraordinary detective as he pieces together a young woman’s murder, starring Ian Tracey (Da Vinci’s Inquest) and Sara Canning (Vampire Diaries).
Ticketholders are also invited to attend the Opening Night Reception and the Closing Night Awards Ceremony with tasty treats and drinks to enjoy, courtesy of Nuba!
When: Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16
Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Vancity Buzz is a proud sponsor of the Vancouver Short Film Festival.