February 10, 2016
The Victoria Film Festival has brought ConVerge back to Victoria for one day only on Saturday, February 13th. To celebrate its return, there will be an all-ages block party on Friday, February 12th from 4:30 – 7pm.
On Friday afternoon, Broad St (between Yates and View) will be closed and taken over for a free street party to celebrate the beginning of ConVerge. With a combination of local music from Bučan Bučan, interactive art installations from Diana Nielsen, Shawn Shepherd and Roy Green and a variety of other local businesses involved, the street party provides a sneak peek into Saturday’s ConVerge program.
ConVerge originally started in 2009 and ran for three Festivals. Taking viewers out of the theatre and getting them to interact is part of the fun of the shorts collection around Victoria.
The 2016 edition highlights films from young filmmakers, ranging in age from 9 to 24, including Victoria local Evalida Taillefer. There will be 50 short films on 34 different viewing devices, with the majority spread over a 5-block area, from the Bay Centre to Centennial Square.
“We’ve made a super fun, interactive treasure hunt highlighting international films at different locations for a unique one-off viewing experience. I dare you to try to see them all,” says Matthew Payne, ConVerge coordinator.
With everything from a lumbersexual to a roaming cereal box and a jewel thief, ConVerge offers more than just a short film program. Viewers get to explore spaces they might not be able to access normally, including the City Hall Bell tower and the City Hall attic.
With two start times, 11AM and 2PM, the adventurous can make it fit into their schedule. The 11AM ConVerge ticket is $20+tax and attendees must be over 18. The 2PM ticket is $30+tax and includes access to the afterparty, which requires guests to be over 19.
To see a map of different ConVerge locations, stop by Monk Office Supply on Broad St on Saturday, February 13th.
For full details of ConVerge, visit the ConVerge page.
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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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