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Guest List for the Upcoming Victoria Film Festival

Thursday, January 28, 2016


With less than ten days until the 22nd annual Victoria Film Festival, the tickets are selling quickly and the guests are booked. With the guest list spanning from local to international, there’s a lot of talent attending the 2016 Festival. From Patricia Rozema and Larry Weinstein to Semi Chellas and ‘Red Pine’ Bill Porter, there’s no shortage of guests in Victoria over the 10 days of the Victoria Film Festival.


In chronological order:


Irdens Exantus, the Haitian intern from My Internship in Canada will be attending the Opening Gala screening as well as the 7PM Sidney screening on Sunday, February 7th.

Canadian director Patricia Rozema will also be attending both screenings of her latest film, Into the Forest –  in Sidney on Friday, February 5th at 7pm, and at the 6:30 on the Saturday, February 6th.


Saturday, February 6th

The first full day of the Festival begins with In Conversation Withaward-winning Mad Men producer and writer Semi Chellas at 11AM at the Vic Theatre.

Co-directors Chloe Sosa-Sims and Jake Chirico and subject Margot Todhunter will attend the World Premiere of Dan and Margot on Saturday, February 6th at 2PM.

The Sandwich Nazi director Lewis Bennett will be attending the Saturday, February 6th 6PM screening of his film.

Québec film, Le Coeur de Madame Sabali/The Heart of Mrs. Sabali, will have director Ryan McKenna in attendance for the Q&A following the 3PM screening in Sidney and later at 7:15PM on Saturday, February 6th.


Sunday, February 7th

VFF favourite Larry Weinstein returns with a sneak peek at his latest documentary, The Devil’s Horn, at 7:15PM following his In Conversation With… with CTV’s Richard Crouse at 11AM at the Vic Theatre.

Local director Stacey Ashworth will attend the screening of her short, No Breath Play, part of the Risky Plays, Risky Places Shorts Program. Also in attendance at the 4PM Short Program will be Drew Taylor, director of the doc about his father, world championship MLB pitcher Ron Taylor, Ron Taylor: Dr. Baseball and Anxiety #5 co-producers Jeff and Craig Migel.

Maclean’s film critic Brian D. Johnson will be attending the Victoria premiere of his film Al Purdy Was Here at 9:15PM. For those who live in Sidney, there is also a Saturday, February 6th screening of his film at 7PM at Star Cinema.


Monday, February 8th

Family Day on February 8th also coincides with the Chinese New Year. The World Premiere of The Grand Song brings Chinese director Chouchou Ou to Victoria with a special celebratory ceremony surrounding the film, including a performance by a child pianist to play before the film and traditional song following the film.

Québec director Anne Émond will attend her Monday evening screening of Les êtres chers/Our Loved Ones at 6PM.

Icelandic film, Rams/Hrútar, screens at 6:30PM on February 8th with director Grímur Hákonarson in attendance for the Q&A following the screening.

Local co-director of The Roots Remain, Andrew Marchand-Boddy, will attend the screening at 7:15PM.

Techlandia, another collection of shorts will screen at 8:45PM on February 8th. Guests will include local short film veteran Jeremy Lutter with Reset, director Kate Green and subject of Not A Stranger Colin Easton, as well as Son in the Barbershop director Nathan Douglas.


Tuesday, February 9th

Ontario-based The Steps will screen on Tuesday, February 9th at 6:30PM, with director Andrew Currie and actor Benjamin Arthur in attendance. It will also screen February 11th at Star Cinema at 3PM.

For a unique film experience, local band Morning Show will live score He Hated Pigeons at 8:45PM at The Vic Theatre. Director Ingrid Veninger will be in attendance for the Q&A following the screening.


Wednesday, February 10th

Local co-directors Patricia Sims and Michael Clark of When Elephants Were Young will attend both screenings of their documentary, taking place 6:30PM on Feb 10th and 7PM on February 8th at Star Cinema in Sidney.

Chinese documentary Hermits will have director Zhou Chengyu, producer Zhou Qian and American author Bill Porter (aka ‘Red Pine’) in attendance at the sold-out screening at 7PM on February 10th.

Shorts Program That Ain’t Me will have Dr. Heidi Janz, director and star of short film We Regret to Inform You, in attendance on Feb 10th at 8:45PM.


Thursday, February 11th

Grubstake Remix director Daniel Janke and lead Sarah Moore will attend the screening of their film The Grubstake Remix at 7PM on Feb 11th.

Local director Connor Gaston will debut his first feature-length film The Devout at 7:15PM on Thursday, February 11th and 1PM on Saturday, February 13th. Also in attendance are cast members Gabrielle Rose, David Nykl, and Victoria native and first-time actress Olivia Martin.

The Complete Works, a short film part of the Shorts Program Visions & Voices 8:45PM, will have director Justin Stephenson in attendance.

Five Nights in Maine director Maris Curran will be in attendance at both screenings at 9:15PM on Feb 11th and 3PM at Feb 9th in Sidney.


Friday, February 12th

The Smalls: Forever is A Long Time documentary will have director Trevor Smith in attendance at both screenings on Feb 12th at 6PM and Feb 14th at 4PM.

The Girl in the Photographs horror film will have producer Thomas Mahoney in attendance at 8:45PM on Feb 12th.


Saturday, February 13th

Lost and Found will have both directors in attendance for the two screenings. Nicolina Lanni and John Choi will attend the Feb 13th 6PM screening, as well as the Feb 11th Sidney screening at 7PM.


For full details of films and their screenings, please visit the Victoria Film Festival website.


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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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