The 23rd Victoria Film Festival award winners are:
Best Feature Film: Frantz by François Ozon
Best Canadian Feature: Weirdos by Bruce MacDonald
Cultural Currents Award: India in a Day by Richie Mehta
Best Documentary: The Happy Film by Stefan Sagmeister, Ben Nabors & Hillman Curtis
Best Short: A Bomb by Guillaume Harvey
Best Short Animation: Blind Vaysha by Theodore Ushev
Cineplex Entertainment Audience Favourite: Perfume War by Michael Melski
FilmCAN Sr: Be Happy by Noah Hardy
FilmCAN Jr: Hide and Go… Stalk by Seren, Annika, Alex, Devon
After a jam-packed 10 days, the 2017 Victoria Film Festival came to a close. With the addition of two new venues not even the 2017 snowstorm could hold the Festival back.
The festival began on February 3rd with a screening of Window Horses directed by Vancouver local Ann Marie Fleming followed by the Spring themed Opening Gala Party. Over 300 people walked the pink carpet to enter the transformed Atrium. There may have been snow outside on that night, but inside the flowers were blooming. With the 20 piece Vic High band to delight the ears, guest also enjoyed food from Fat Daddy’s Catering, wine and spirits from De Vine Vineyards, alongside beer and cider from Spinnakers.
From February 3 to 12 the Victoria Film Festival took over the city and showcased 124 films. With features from 22 countries including the world premiere of local film The Hollow Child by Jeremy Lutter. Despite the snow, the festival saw over 25,000 attendees, with 35 film sellouts and hosted 60 guests.
To celebrate Canada 150, See@The Bay was hosted at The Bay Centre for the duration of the festival. See@The Bay featured a custom curated Canadian poster exhibit and a limited time pop-up cinema that showcased many of the Canadian Shorts Programs. Meanwhile, Fort Tectoria hosted the Play@The Fort, with virtual reality experiences by Vic VR.
VFF 2018 will be taking place February 2 to 11! Meanwhile, enjoy the Best of the Fest in pictures.
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