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Saturday, October 12, 2013

 

FINAL AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED & CLOSING REMARKS


Message from Alan Franey, Festival Director

Message from Jacqueline Dupuis, Executive   Director

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Audience Award Winners

Women in Film + Television Artistic Merit Award

VIFF Repeats


At last night’s closing ceremony at the Vancouver Playhouse, juried awards were announced for Best Canadian First Feature and Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film. The Canadian Images jury consisted of actress Gabrielle Miller, Capilano University’s Dianne Neufeld and journalist Michele Smolkin.

BEST CANADIAN FIRST FEATURE AWARD

Winner: (tie) Rhymes for Young Ghouls and That Burning Feeling
Jury Statement: The jury wants to recognize the great quality of this year’s Best Canadian First Feature selections at VIFF. As a matter of fact, we chose not to choose between two movies for the Best First Canadian Feature. These two films share storytelling of equal high quality but are so different in terms of genre, tone and creative expression that the jury decided to honour them both: Rhymes for Young Ghouls by Jeff Barnaby and That Burning Feeling by Jason James.

Rhymes for Young Ghouls

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Rhymes for Young Ghouls is a very powerful and beautifully produced film, with a stellar cast and excellent photography and design. Depicting the aftereffects of the trauma inflicted by residential schools on the First Nations population, it also succeeds in telling a universal and touching story of an oppressed people trying to survive, rebuild and come to terms with their suffering. Using a highly creative vocabulary, from realistic to metaphorical, from fantastic to poetic, Jeff Barnaby demonstrates a promising and already impressive talent as a filmmaker. 

That Burning Feeling

 

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That Burning Feeling is one of the best comedies the jury has seen in a long time. With a witty, smart and highly-articulate script, a talented cast and beautiful production, it makes for a wonderful self-deprecating portrait of Vancouver, with its condo maniacs, yoga lovers, community activists and other odd characters. While making us laugh along the way, it tells the human story of trying to find authenticity in a crazy world. Jason James is a rising filmmaker to watch with his wit, keen eye and intelligence.

THE MOST PROMISING DIRECTOR OF A CANADIAN SHORT FILM AWARD

Nathan

 

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Winner: Mathieu Arsenault, Nathan
Jury Statement: With Nathan, Mathieu Arsenault visually and emotionally walks the line between stories that use abrupt beginnings and endings and stories that change their point-of-view midstream. The rugged handheld camerawork and dynamic editing capture the emotional journey of an irresponsible young man learning to become a father. This unflinching and heartbreaking film is most worthy of the award for most promising director of a short film.


WOMEN IN FILM + TELEVISION ARTISTIC MERIT AWARD

Sarah Prefers to Run

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Jury Statement: WIFTV would like to thank this year's jury members, Mary Margaret Frymire, Lisa Ovies and Ana Valine. The jury is thrilled to award the 18th Annual Artistic Merit Award to Chloé Robichaud for her outstanding film, Sarah Prefers to Run. Robichaud's clear and compelling direction, coupled with a strong lead performance from Sophie Desmarais, made for an engaging story that ran away with the audience’s hearts.


AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS

Like Father, Like Son

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Rogers People’s Choice Award
Like Father, Like Son (Director: Koreeda Hirokazu)

When I Walk

 

VIFF Most Popular Canadian Documentary Award
When I Walk (Director: Jason DaSilva)

Salmon Confidential

 

VIFF Most Popular Canadian Environmental Documentary Award
Salmon Confidential (Director: Twyla Roscovich)

Down River

 

VIFF Most Popular Canadian Feature Film Award
Down River (Director: Ben Ratner)

Desert Runners

 

VIFF Most Popular International Documentary
Desert Runners (Director: Jennifer Steinman)

Wadjda

 

VIFF Most Popular First Feature
Wadjda (Director: Haifaa Al Mansour)


MESSAGE FROM ALAN FRANEY, FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

It is with great pride and gratitude that we are able to pronounce this year’s VIFF a tremendous success. Attendance has exceeded expectations and there has been much praise for the films.

At this time last year we were under a rather dark cloud not of our own making. We cringed as headlines pronounced the festival seriously threatened by the closure of the last movie theatre on theatre row. It had just been announced that the Empire Granville 7 Cinemas—which had been our friendly central hub for years—was to shut its doors, leaving too few movie screens in the heart of the city. Also last autumn, unseasonably summerlike conditions had been wonderful for enjoying walks in the park but not so good for movie attendance. We knew our future should be bright, but risk and uncertainty were impossible to ignore.

It was this very concern, and how widely it was acknowledged, that catalyzed a strong show of support from all those who believe in the special worth of the Vancouver International Film Festival. It wasn’t easy to create a new constellation of festival venues because an unprecedented range of investments were needed to convert available auditoriums into state-of-the-art movie theatres during VIFF. The Centre for Performing Arts, the Vancouver Playhouse, SFU Woodward’s and the Rio Theatre all required technical improvements in order to achieve the high technical standards (digital projection, sound and screen) that international film festivals should promise important filmmakers. Again, we especially thank Christie Digital, Dolby Digital Cinema, Eagle Cinematronix, Sony Professional Products, Zoom Audiovisual Networks and The City of Vancouver for making this possible.

We thank audiences for their enthusiastic appreciation of cinema and for their patience and good spirits while we ironed out some of the inevitable wrinkles that come with managing new venues. It’s been a steep learning curve for the dedicated staff and volunteers (750 working across many departments) who our front-of-house operations rely on.

The capital investments this non-profit organization has had to make in the last few years have been very significant. First was the expensive transition to digital cinema; 35mm film is apparently a thing of the past. Next were investments in improved ticketing, website and data management services. This year it was both of these plus building our technical capability in new venues. We could not have done this without the support and contributions of a huge number of individuals, sponsors and stakeholders. We could not have done this without you, because you have come out in force once again to share with us the riches in world cinema and to make our risk, our mission and our labours worthwhile.

If there was ever a time to underline that everyone who attends the film festival is a member of our non-profit film society it is now. Please consider exercising your franchise by attending our annual general meeting in April, and helping us spread the word about what this organization offers and why it is worth people’s involvement and support.

It is our aim to constantly improve our services and to keep ticket prices reasonable. It is our aim to be inclusive while keeping standards high. The success of this year’s event has put wind in our sails and we would like nothing more than to be able to offer next year’s VIFF free of wrinkles and risk. With your help we can do that. Please consider supporting VIFF with a donation. We will only be able to continue to bring the finest films and filmmakers to Vancouver with your support.

This 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival has been my 26th as Festival Director and it will be my last in this role. I hope to remain very much involved with VIFF but to focus on programming. I also hope to live a more balanced life and to have more time for other pursuits. Don’t we all?! For me that day has come.

It has been a privilege for me to lead this organization for so long, and there are many people I will remain grateful to. Our senior staff and board have been working towards this executive transition for a few years, and we are fortunate to have several deeply knowledgeable and dedicated long-term employees who work 60-80 hour weeks on our behalf. We all look forward to building on this year’s success. This work is a pleasure and brings its own rewards.

We live in a digital world in which quality is not always easily gleaned from quantity. Many directions for VIFF may be considered. My hope is that we will keep our eyes focused on our long-standing mandate to value cinema as an art form and as a bridge between peoples. This will surely serve us well in the future.

For more information on our mandate, our membership basis, and how to support VIFF into the future please visit our website viff.org.


MESSAGE FROM JACQUELINE DUPUIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

16 days of fantastic films at the 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival and four days of excellent industry programming at the Film and Television Forum… And we’re still standing!

This is my second year in Vancouver serving as VIFF’s Executive Director. As I mentioned when we opened the festival, I can honestly tell you that I drank the West Coast Kool-Aid. Vancouver is a vibrant and dynamic city, home to innovative and burgeoning creative industries and most deserving of a world-class international film festival and a celebration of the film, television and media industry so deeply rooted in our province’s cultural and economic DNA.

While a year of significant transition for VIFF, both organizationally and operationally, I am pleased to announce that 2013 has been an incredibly successful year. We have seen healthy growth at the box office as film-lovers have embraced our wonderful new venue footprint. We can say with certainty that we have engaged new audiences, helped to enliven neighbourhoods new to the festival and built a platform for growth and renewal of our well-established organization. The support of our government, private sector sponsors and industry stakeholders during this year is a true testament to this community’s cultural fabric, as is the over 20,000 volunteer hours contributed to the cause.

In addition to our new venues, new programs also contributed to this year’s success. One of these programs, the BC Spotlight, underscored VIFF’s support of local filmmakers and their significant contribution to our growing creative economy. A dozen local feature filmmakers showcased their work to sold-out screenings throughout the festival’s 16 days, vied for cash awards to help them continue creating and reached over 100,000 online fans through the Must See BC campaign. VIFF also delighted fans by venturing into the golden age of television, with a sold-out Q&A with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan just two days before the final episode of one of the most acclaimed series of all time.

Without a doubt, 2013 sets the stage for new opportunities for engagement with new platforms, new audiences and new partners going forward. And, of course, the backbone of VIFF is the world-class film programming it offers every year. I think we can all agree that it was an outstanding year for film. Huge kudos to Alan Franey and the entire VIFF programming team for putting together a stellar program of some of the best films from around the world this year.


ENJOY FESTIVAL FILMS ALL YEAR LONG!

Boasting the comfiest seats in town and state-of-the-art projection and sound, VIFF’s Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street) offers festival-style cinema year-round. In the weeks to come, there will be extended runs of VIFF13 standouts Camille Claudel, 1915 (beginning Oct. 18) and A Touch of Sin (beginning Nov. 1). Also returning over the next few months will be Wolf Children (from. Nov. 9-13). The Broken Circle Breakdown (from Nov. 20), The Summit (from Dec. 6), Oil Sands Karaoke and Good Vibrations.

In November, VIFF12 favourite Griot plays the Vancity and the film’s subjects Ablaye Cissoko & Volker Goetze perform in concert on November 9 & 10.

Explore Vancity Theatre’s full schedule at viff.org/theatre


VIFF REPEATS
(in chronological order)

We’re please to be able to bring back some of the Festival’s most popular films for encore screenings. Watch audience favourites until Thursday, October 17 at the Vancity Theatre (our year-round venue) and this Saturday (Oct 12) and Sunday (Oct 13) at the Rio Theatre and SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

Skyfall

Arctic Defenders

Autumn’s Spring

Autumn’s Spring

I Belong

I Belong

Leap 4 Your Life

Leap 4 Your Life

A Lady in Paris

A Lady in Paris

Sat Oct. 12 2:00 PM
SFU
Sat. Oct. 12 3:30 PM
VCT
Sat Oct. 12 4:00
SFU
Sat Oct. 12 6:00
VCT
Sat Oct. 12 6:45
SFU
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The Rocket

The Rocket

Sat Oct. 12 7:00 PM
RIO

Rap Is WAR

Rap Is WAR

Sat Oct. 12 9:00 PM
RIO

Code Black

Code Black

Sat Oct. 12 9:00 PM
SFU

Burning Bush

Burning Bush

Sun Oct. 13 2:00 PM
VCT

When I Walk

When I Walk

Sun Oct. 13 2:00 PM
SFU
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Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve

Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve

Salmon Confidential

Salmon
Confidential

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

Sun Oct. 13 4:15 PM
SFU
Sun Oct. 13 6:30 PM
SFU
Sun Oct. 13 6:45 PM
VCT
Sun Oct. 13 7:00 PM
RIO
Sun Oct. 13 8:15 PM
SFU
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Liv & Ingmar

Liv & Ingmar

A Field in England

A Field in England

Felix

Felix

The Venice Syndrome

The Venice Syndrome

Best of the Shorts

The Short(s) List

Sun Oct. 8:45 PM
VCT
Sun Oct. 13 9:00 PM
RIO
Mon Oct. 14 4:30 PM
VCT
Mon Oct. 14 7:00 PM
VCT
Mon Oct. 14 9:00 PM
VCT
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Chi

Chi

Finding Vivian Maier

Finding Vivian
Maier

The Italian Character: The Story of a Great Italian Orchestra

The Italian Character

The Missing Picture

The Missing Picture

On the Edge of the World

On the Edge of the World

Tues Oct. 15 6:30 PM
VCT
Tues Oct. 15 8:15 PM
VCT
Wed Oct. 16 6:30 PM
VCT
Wed Oct. 16 8:45 PM
VCT
Thurs Oct. 17 6:30 PM VCT
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From Neurons to Nirvana

From Neurons to Nirvana

   
Thurs Oct. 17 8:45 PM VCT

Please note: Festival passes, exchange vouchers and ticket pack redemptions are not accepted for these screenings. VIFF membership required.

Vancouver International Film Festival | VIFF 2013

September 26 - October 11, 2013 | Film Info: 604.683.FILM (3456) | VIFF Office: 604.685.0260