February 15, 2016
After a jam-packed 10 days, the 2016 edition of the Victoria Film Festival has ended. The Festival began on Friday, February 5th with the Springboard sessions and continued over the weekend with In Conversation With… Semi Chellas, award-winning producer and writer of hit TV series Mad Men, as well as award-winning documentarian Larry Weinstein.
The Opening gala kicked off the Festival with Québec film My Internship in Canada, followed by a dream-themed gala at the Promis Building, at 1008 Government St. Surrounded by clouds, acrobats and live music from the New Groovement, guests of the Festival enjoyed delicious food from the Camosun College Professional Cooks Program, while enjoying local De Vine wine, Spinnakers beer and cider and cocktails from Ampersand Distilling Co.
The Festival screened 150 films, which included 2 world premieres, 1 North American premiere, 9 Canadian premieres, 25 BC Premieres and 4 hometown premieres of local filmmakers. With over 27,000 attendees, there were 31 film sell-outs with 50 guests attending their film screenings. International guests included Icelandic Rams director Grímur Hakonarson and The Grand Song director Chouchou Ou, who attended the world premiere of her film with cast and crew.
In collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the l’Oriente: Arabian Nights exhibit came to Victoria for the duration of the Festival. A striking set of 64 photographs taken by Roberto Villa on the set of 1974 set of Arabian Nights was displayed at the Bay Centre for the duration of the Festival.
The short film scavenger hunt ConVerge returned to the Victoria Film Festival for a fourth year. The selection of 50 short films were from young filmmakers ranging from ages 9 to 24 and were displayed in a variety of locations around downtown Victoria on Saturday, February 13th.
The award winners were named at the closing party at Lucky Bar on Valentine’s night. A new award ‘Cultural Currents’ was added to the award list. This new award is given to outstanding works capturing the essence of a unique society. The 2016 list of winners comprised of:
Best Short Animation: Mia’ by Amanada Strong & Bracken Hanuse Corlett
Metropol Audience Favourite Short: No Breath Play by Stacey Ashworth
Best Documentary: The Roots Remain by Andrew Marchand-Boddy and Jean-Sebastien Francoeur
Best Canadian Feature: The Devout by Connor Gaston
Cineplex Entertainment Audience Favourite: Tanna by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler
‘Cultural Currents’ Award: The Grand Song by Chouchou Ou
Best Feature Film: The Brand New Testament by Jaco Van Draemel
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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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