Dream in Magenta at the 2016 Victoria Film Festival - Victoria Film Festival

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Dream in Magenta at the 2016 Victoria Film Festival

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Victoria Film Festival (VFF) released their 2016 Program Guide highlighting the 10-day Festival, taking over Victoria February 5-14th, 2016.

Last night at the Commons, CTV News’ Adam Sawatsky kicked off Festival season announcing highlights of this year’s line-up and the winners of the annual student film competition, FilmCAN.

The 22nd annual Festival starts with Philippe Falardeau’s latest film, My Internship in Canada as the 2016 Gala film. Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar was nominated for a 2012 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Following the film, attendees can explore their dreams, or nightmares, at the 1930s dream-themed gala.

The food at the gala is provided by the BCRFA and excellently prepared by the emerging chefs of the Camosun College Professional Cook Program, paired with delicious libations from de Vine Vineyards, Spinnakers and Ampersand Distilling Co.

After the popularity of last year’s three new programs, the Indigenous, French Canadian Wave and Asian Program are returning to the upcoming Festival with a variety of exclusive Canadian and international films.

A variety of local filmmakers have their hometown premieres, including Connor Gaston’s first feature film The Devout, Patricia Sims’ documentary When Elephants Were Young, Nick Simon’s thriller The Girl in the Photographs and Jeremy Lutter’s latest short, Reset.

With over 35 premieres, the Festival has a variety of award-winning international films including Our Little Sister, The Brand New Testament, Virgin Mountain, Let’s Dance to the Rhythm, Speed Sisters, and The Pearl Button showing as part of the World Perspective program.

ConVerge returns to VFF for one day only with over 30 pop up cinemas screening films in unexpected locations from the City Hall Clock Tower to a dog house to a limousine. Kicking off Converge is a street party on Friday, February 12th on Broad St. The street party is an all ages event from 4:30 – 7pm with free admission and local band Bučan Bučan will play throughout the event.

In addition to the Converge screening locations, films will be screened at the Vic Theatre, the Odeon, Parkside Hotel and Spa and Star Cinema in Sidney.

Tickets will be available at the VFF office at 1215 Blanshard St on Monday, January 11th and available to purchase online on Wednesday, January 6th. All films require a 2016 VFF membership unless it is an all ages’ Family day film.

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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.

Media Contact: Fulya Ozkul | Communications Coordinator | 250 389-0444 | communications@victoriafilmfestival.com

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