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Thursday, October 17, 2013

 

VIFF 2013: THAT'S A WRAP!


A Great Year for Film and the Festival

VIFF Board of Directors Salutes Alan Franey

Thanks from Alan Franey

Thanks to All of Our Sponsors

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The Film and Television Forum

Adjudicated Awards

Audience Awards

Next Year’s Dates!


The 32nd annual Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) presented 515 public screenings of  341 films from more than 75 countries, making it again one of the largest film festivals on the continent. There were 212 feature films and 129 short or medium length films at this year’s festival, screening on 9 screens at 7 theatres over 16 days. An additional 27 media screenings and 26 VIFF Repeats were presented, and many films were significant premieres: 26 World; 27 International; 41 North American; and 51 Canadian.

We are pleased to report, that by all indications, we had a record year at the box office. We reached upwards of 130,000 in gated attendance at the Festival and Film + TV Forum, a higher number than expected given the reduced total capacity of our new venues. Media coverage was extensive and very positive. Most importantly, filmmaker and audience feedback was encouragingly enthusiastic, both regarding the new venues and the films.

A GREAT YEAR FOR FILM AND THE FESTIVAL

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 the growth and renewal of our well-established organization. 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. Without a doubt, 2013 sets the stage for new opportunities for engagement with new platforms, new audiences and new partners going forward.

Jacqueline Dupuis, Executive Director

VIFF BOARD OF DIRECTORS SALUTES ALAN FRANEY

On behalf of the board and staff of VIFF, I wish to thank Alan for his immense contributions to VIFF these last 26 years as Festival Director. His artistic acumen and steady hand have enabled VIFF to become the world-class festival of cinema it is today. We have had the pleasure of working with Alan all these years and it is with great respect and regard that we support his desire to step down as Festival Director. We welcomed our Executive Director, Jacqueline Dupuis, here two years ago as part of this leadership transition plan. The board looks forward to working with her in this expanded role going forward. We are grateful to our audiences and stakeholders for their support through this transition and are pleased to begin this new chapter on such a high note of accomplishment for everyone involved with the overwhelming success of this year’s festival.

 

David Hewitt, Chair, VIFF Board of Directors

THANKS FROM ALAN

On Saturday morning I announced that after 26 years as Festival Director, I will be stepping back from this role: Closing Remarks.

Thank you so very much to all the people who have sent in warm wishes regarding my future and VIFF’s! It has been wonderful to end the festival on such a positive note.

In the new year I hope to remain very much involved with our multi-faceted non-profit film society, concentrating on programming and helping build a bright future for the Vancouver International Film Festival. I could not hope for better colleagues and friends.

THANKS TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS

A sincere and heartfelt thank you to all of our sponsors, including our major partners: Rogers Communications, Fidelity Investments and Telefilm Canada. We are extremely grateful for your support. Our government supporters: the City of Vancouver and the Province of British Columbia, as well as the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program are all instrumental in helping us bring our robust cinematic program to BC.

In 2013, VIFF was proud to have more than 100 sponsors and partners who acted as ambassadors for cinema and the arts in BC. With representation from national and community media, restaurants, hotels, local businesses, food suppliers, technical suppliers, host venues and government agencies, as well as the film and television industry, virtually every business sector played a role. We celebrate the success of this year’s Festival with each and every one of you and look forward to working with you again next year.

Shelley Sainsbury, Director of Development

THE FILM AND TELEVISION FORUM

The 28th edition of VIFF’s Film and Television Forum kicked off in spectacular fashion with a sold-out house of 1,800 fans for a celebration of Vince Gilligan and Breaking Bad, hosted by Lost co-creator/showrunner Damon Lindelof.  At Power to the Indie day, New York City-based veterans from Variance Films, Film Presence, FilmBuff and VHX shared great advice with local producers on how to succeed in today’s highly competitive marketplace through direct distribution, marketing and engagement. An additional benefit with this program was the opportunity for pre-selected filmmaking teams to participate in a Direct Distribution Lab with selected guests through one-on-one meetings. 

The 2013 Forum hosted 1,000+ delegates. A testament to the calibre of the program and speakers, this represented an increase in attendance of 7%.  This year’s event also played host to exceptional networking opportunities across multiple genres for all levels of film and TV producers.  From one-on-one meetings with Breaking Bad Executive Producer Peter Gould, to appointments with local senior producers, the Telefilm Canada Speed Dating Sessions and Tete-a-Tete appointments resulted in 93 meetings over two days.  

The Forum ended on a high note with a full house for the legendary godfather of editing, Walter Murch, who spoke about his philosophy on editing, from its historical roots to its present day digital incarnation.  From learning how to fund your creative projects with Kickstarter’s Elisabeth Holm to picking up some tricks of the trade from Canuck First-Time Feature Film Directors to gaining insight into Landing a Job in Factual Entertainment, the New Filmmakers’ Day program had all of the bases covered. 

Frances Bergin, Forum Producer

AWARDS RECAP

Here are the winners, runners-up and honourable mentions, including the films at the top of the audience popularity polls.

ADJUDICATED AWARDS

DRAGONS & TIGERS AWARD FOR YOUNG CINEMA
($5,000 prize, presented by Brad Birarda)

Anatomy of a Paperclip

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Anatomy of a Paperclip, dir. Ikeda Akira (Japan)

Runner-Up: Trap Street, dir. Vivian Qu (China)
Special mention: Four Ways to Die in My Hometown, dir. Chai Chunya (China)


BEST CANADIAN FIRST FEATURE AWARD (tie)

Rhymes for Young Ghouls

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Rhymes for Young Ghouls, dir. Jeff Barnaby (Quebec/Ontario)

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That Burning Feeling

 

That Burning Feeling, dir. Jason James (British Columbia)



MOST PROMISING DIRECTOR OF A CANADIAN SHORT FILM AWARD
($2,000 prize, presented by an anonymous donor)

Nathan

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Nathan, dir. Mathieu Arsenault (Quebec)

Honourable mention: 90 Days, dir. Timothy Yeung (Canada/USA/Hong Kong)


BEST BC FILM
($10,000 development bursary, sponsored by the The Harold Greenberg Fund +
$10,000 post production credit provided by Finale Editworks)

The Dick Knost Show

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The Dick Knost Show, dir. Bruce Sweeney

Honourable mention: Cinemanovels, dir. Terry Miles


BC EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD
($7,500 prize, sponsored by UBCP/AFBS +
$10,000 equipment credit provided by William F. White)

Lawrence & Holloman

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Lawrence & Holloman, dir. Matthew Kowalchuk

Honourable mention: Down River, Dir. Ben Ratner


VANCOUVER WOMEN IN FILM & TELEVISION AWARD

Sarah Prefers to Run

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Sarah Prefers to Run, dir. Chloé Robichaud (Quebec)

AUDIENCE AWARDS

Many thousands of ballots were cast—a healthy proportion of the audience at every screening. Of our 221 programs, 90 were rated 3 to 4 (good to very good) and 100 were rated 4 to 5 (very good to excellent).


INTERNATIONAL SECTIONS

Like Father, Like Son

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Like Father, Like Son, dir. Koreeda Hirokazu (Japan) – Rogers People’s Choice Award

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Desert Runners

 

Desert Runners, dir. Jennifer Steinman (USA) – Most Popular Documentary Film Award

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Wadjda

 

Wadjda, dir. Haifaa Al Mansour (Saudi Arabia/Germany) – Most Popular First Feature Award


THE NEXT TOP 20 INTERNATIONAL FILMS IN ORDER OF POPULAR RATING ARE…

Burning Bush, dir. Agnieszka Holland (Czech Republic)
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia, dir. Nicholas Wrathall (USA)
Finding Vivian Maier, dirs. John Maloof, Charlie Siskel (USA)
Code Black, dir. Ryan McGarry (USA)
Particle Fever, dir. Mark Levinson (USA)
Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine, dir. Connie Field (USA)
The Broken Circle Breakdown, dir. Felix van Groeningen (Belgium/Netherlands)
The Lunchbox, dir. Ritesh Batra (India/Germany/France)
The Past, dir. Asghar Farhadi (France/Iran)
The Great Passage, dir. Ishii Yuya (Japan)
Wolf Children, dir. Hosoda Mamoru (Japan)
The Patience Stone, dir. Atiq Rahimi (Afghanistan/France/Germany/UK)
The Italian Character: The Story of a Great Italian Orchestra, dir. Angelo Bozzolini (Italy/Germany)
Nebraska, dir. Alexander Payne (USA)
The Summit, dir. Nick Ryan (Ireland/UK)
Matterhorn, dir. Diederik Ebbinge (Netherlands)
Village at the End of the World, dirs. Sarah Gavron, David Katznelson (UK/Denmark/Greenland)
Once Upon a Forest, dir. Luc Jacquet (France)
The Rocket, dir. Kim Mordaunt (Australia/Laos/Thailand)
A Lady in Paris, dir. Ilmar Raag (Estonia/France/Belgium)


CANADIAN IMAGES

When I Walk

 

When I Walk, dir. Jason DaSilva (Canada/USA) – Most Popular Canadian Documentary Award

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Salmon Confidential

 

Salmon Confidential, dir. Twyla Roscovich (British Columbia) – Most Popular Environmental Documentary Award

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Down River

 

Down River, dir. Ben Ratner (British Columbia) – Most Popular Canadian feature Film Award


THE OTHER TOP 10 CANADIAN FILMS IN ORDER OF POPULAR RATING ARE…

Hue: A Matter of Colour, dir. Vic Sarin (British Columbia)
Leap 4 Your Life, dir. Gary Hawes (British Columbia)
Arctic Defenders, dir. John Walker (Nova Scotia/Nunavut)
Gabrielle, dir. Louise Archambault (Quebec)
Oil Sands Karaoke, dir. Charles Wilkinson (British Columbia)
Lawrence & Holloman, dir. Matthew Kowalchuk (British Columbia)
The Dirties, dir. Matt Johnson (Ontario)

MUST SEE BC AWARD

Developed in partnership with Vancouver start-up The CineCoup Film Accelerator and Creative BC, the Must See BC campaign invited filmgoers to vote for their most anticipated BC film of the festival. The winner was celebrated at the Must See BC Audience Red Carpet Screening on Saturday, October 12 at VIFF's own Vancity Theatre.

Leap 4 Your Life

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Leap 4 Your Life, dir. Gary Hawes

Honourable mentions:

Lawrence & Holloman, dir. Matthew Kowalchuk
Salmon Confidential, dir. Twyla Roscovich

NEXT YEAR’S DATES!

The 33rd annual Vancouver International Film Festival will take place Sep. 25 to Oct. 10, 2014.

It will include the 29th annual VIFF Film and Television Forum, Oct. 1 – 4, 2014.


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Media Contact: Laine Slater, laine@viff.org