Wednesday, January 19, 2016
What a year for the Victoria film industry! On top of the Vancouver Island South Film & Media Commission having a record-breaking year, the 22nd annual Victoria Film Festival has another fabulous line-up including a variety of filmmakers with local ties.
Award-winning local director, Connor Gaston, has the hometown premiere of his first feature-length metaphysical film, The Devout. The Devout will screen Thursday, February 11th at 7:15PM and Sunday, February 13th at 1PM, with Gaston and cast members at both screenings for Q&As following the film.
Local filmmakers and elephant advocates Patricia Sims and Michael Clark host the hometown premiere of When Elephants Were Young, a documentary narrated by William Shatner. Both directors will be in attendance at the screening on Monday, February 8th at 7PM at Star Cinema in Sidney and the downtown screening Wednesday, February 10th at 6:30PM at the Odeon.
Andrew Marchand-Boddy, co-director of the graffiti documentary The Roots Remain, grew up in Victoria and recently returned after living in Montreal for several years. Marchand-Boddy will attend the Monday, February 8th screening at 7:15PM at the Odeon for a Q&A following the film.
Following up last year’s short film Gord’s Brother, Jeremy Lutter screens his latest short Reset as part of the Techlandia Shorts Program, on Monday, February 8th at 8:45PM at the Vic Theatre. Lutter, who is currently working on his first feature film, has been featured regularly at the Victoria Film Festival.
In other short film news, No Breath Play director Stacey Ashworth will be screening as part of the Risky Plays, Risky Places Shorts Program. This is Ashworth’s debut short film as director, although she’s written two short films previously. She also sits on the board of CineVic.
Mary Galloway, winner of the 2015 BravoFACT $35,000 Pitch Contest will screen her short film, Ariel Unravelling prior to the gala film My Internship in Canada at 7PM. Galloway will also speak at Springboard about her winning pitch on Friday, February 5th at 2:30PM.
Vancouver director Lewis Bennett will be at the screening of The Sandwich Nazi on Saturday, February 6th at 6PM, followed by a Q&A with the director.
Kate Green, a television and film producer will be coming over from Vancouver with Colin Easton, the subject of her documentary, Not A Stranger, which is part of the Techlandia Shorts Program.
The ConVerge program, which highlights 50 short films from youth ages 9 – 24, showcases a young local filmmaker. Evalida Taillefer, a local 10 year old, submitted her film, Quest for Hesperides III, which will screen at the free ConVerge street party on Friday, February 12th.
Thrill Chill film The Girl in the Photographs was filmed in and around Victoria. Horror master Wes Craven is credited as Executive Producer, his final project prior to his passing last year. The Girl in the Photographs will screen Friday, February 12th at 8:45PM.
Another film with local ties but a global connection is documentary Lost and Found that follows the wreckage of the 2011Japanese tsunami and how some of the debris travel all the way to the west coast of Vancouver Island. Directors John Choi and Nicolina Lanni will be at both screenings – in Sidney on Thursday, February 11th at 7:15PM and at the Vic Theatre on Saturday, February 13th at 6PM.
He Hated Pigeons will feature a live score from local band Morning Show. Director Ingrid Veninger will be at the screening for the Q&A following the film on Tuesday, February 9th at 8:45PM.
For more information about the Victoria Film Festival’s programs and events, visit the VFF website.
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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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