February 8th, 2016
Amid stormy weather, the 22nd annual Victoria Film Festival kicked off another year with a dream-filled reception at 1008 Government St, following the screening of Philippe Falardeau’s latest film My Internship in Canada (Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre). First time actor Irdens Exantus was in attendance and said a short intro with CTV’s Adam Sawatsky on stage prior to the screening.
The gala was held in the Promis Building and was turned into a dreamscape. Upon entering guests must choose between three themes – sweet dreams, nightmares and erotic dreams.
Among acrobats, bears, and dancers, the crowd enjoyed a delicious spread from the Camosun College Professional Cook Program, who returning for a second year. There were no shortage of drinks poured from Island producers – de Vine wine, Spinnakers beer and cider and cocktails from Ampersand Distilling Co.
The live music was provided by local band the New Groovement, with accompanying dancers from the Victoria School of Contemporary Dance.
The Gala was just the beginning. The opening weekend continued with sold out screenings of Virgin Mountain, Valley of Love, Into the Forest, Summertime, The Devil’s Horn, Hand Made with Love in France, Rams and The Roots Remain.
CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers celebrated their 25th anniversary with a special screening of a Retrospective on Sunday, February 7th at the Odeon.
A special collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Toronto brought a beautiful exhibition Pier Pasolini’s L’Oriente. The collection is the work of Italian photographer Roberto Villa on the film set of Arabian Nights in 1974. It is available to view in the Bay Centre, lower level from 11am to 5pm through to February 14th.
For more details about the rest of the Festival, visit victoriafilmfestival.com.
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About the Victoria Film Festival
The Victoria Film Festival is Vancouver Island’s largest and longest-running film festival. Celebrating 22 years, the Victoria Film Festival screens over 150 films over 10 days. With a selection of films from local, Canadian and international filmmakers, the Festival offers a variety of films for every taste. Special Programs include Canadian Wave, French Canadian Wave, Indigenous, Asian and World Perspective, the Festival brings the world to Victoria.
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