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VIFF 2014 Partners with
Directors Guild of Canada on New Award

$27,500 in Cash Awards Now Offered
to Canadian and BC Filmmakers

July 14, 2014 – Vancouver BC, Canada – The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) furthers its commitment to Canadian filmmakers by introducing a new cash award of $8,000 for Best Canadian Film sponsored by the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC). The winner will be announced at the 33rd annual festival, which runs September 25 - October 10, 2014.


The DGC is proud to launch this Award in partnership with VIFF celebrating the outstanding contributions of Canadian filmmakers." — Tim Southam, President, Directors Guild of Canada


With a record three Canadian films in competition at Cannes in May, this has already been an incredible year for Canadian cinema. We can't wait to celebrate some of our country's established and emerging filmmakers at our festival." —Terry McEvoy, VIFF Canadian Images Programmer

One of North America’s largest film festivals, VIFF will host over 350 films from over 70 countries this fall. However, the celebrated Canadian Images series remains an integral part of the festival. The largest exhibition of new Canadian cinema in the world, this incredibly popular series has screened over 1,000 feature films and 1,600 shorts to an audience of over 600,000 since its inception.

Canadian Images is also home to the BC Spotlight. Launched in 2013 with two significant cash awards to help local storytellers continue creating, this showcase of British Columbia productions earned the highest attendance ratings in VIFF’s history. The dedicated mustseeBC.viff.org promotional microsite received over 10,000 unique visitors in just two weeks, while the #mustseeBC campaign generated over 100,000 social media impressions.

VIFF is excited to announce the return of the BC Spotlight awards and our incredible 2013 sponsors, plus the addition of the new Best Canadian Film Award. Cash awards for Canadian filmmakers now include:

Best BC Film
$10,000 development bursary provided by the Harold Greenberg Fund (The Fund)

BC Emerging Filmmaker Award
$7,500 cash award sponsored by the Union of BC Performers/ACTRA and ACTRA Fraternal Benefits Society, and a $10,000 equipment credit supplied by William F. White
(Films must be signatory to a UBCP/ACTRA agreement to be eligible.)

Best Canadian Film – NEW
$8,000 cash award sponsored by the Directors Guild of Canada

Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film
$2,000 cash award


VIFF is proud to expand its longstanding support of Canadian and BC film. Awards like these provide critical support to artists for the creation of new work and help develop future screen industry talent. We are thrilled that local and national industry leaders have partnered with us on this front.” " —Jacqueline Dupuis, VIFF Executive Director

In order to allow as many filmmakers as possible to make their work eligible for these cash awards, submission deadline extensions for all Canadian productions are being offered until Friday, July 18.

For submission guidelines, please visit viff.org or email us at info@viff.org.

About VIFF
Greater Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) Society is a well-established not-for-profit cultural society with year-round programing at the Vancouver International Film Centre in addition to the 16-day International Film Festival and the four-day VIFF Industry Forum. The mandate to which our programs and services are built upon is: to encourage the understanding of other nations through the art of cinema, foster the art of cinema, facilitate the meeting of cinema professionals from around the world in BC and stimulate the motion picture industry in BC and Canada. In its 33rd year, VIFF welcomes the world to Vancouver from September 25 – October 10, 2014 as it showcases the top BC, Canadian and international films and plays host to industry professionals from around the globe. 

VIFF gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our major partners: Rogers Communications, Fidelity Investments Canada, and Telefilm Canada. VIFF also extends its thanks and appreciation to the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development's Community Gaming Grants program, as well as the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage's Building Communities through Arts & Heritage.

The Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP/ACTRA) is an autonomous branch of ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 22,000 members across Canada – the foundation of Canada's highly acclaimed professional performing community.

AFBS is a not-for-profit, financial services organization providing for the specialized insurance, healthcare and retirement needs of performers and writers across Canada. AFBS is owned and governed by its Members, and since being founded in 1975, has grown to become one of the country's top 200 financial institutions. When AFBS designs and offers programs, it does so with years of expertise, knowledge and compassion that can’t be matched by traditional insurers for whom insurance is just a business.

Harold Greenberg Fund/Fonds Harold Greenberg is a national funding organization established to contribute to the development and production of high-caliber film and television productions. The Fund/Fonds has invested over $80 million in the Canadian film and television industry since its inception in 1986.

The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) is a national labour organization that represents over 3,000 key creative and logistical personnel in the screen-based industry covering all areas of direction, design, production and editing.  The DGC negotiates and administers collective agreements and lobbies extensively on issues of concern for members including Canadian content conditions, CRTC regulations and ensuring that funding is maintained for Canadian screen-based programming.

William F. White International Inc. (Whites). (www.whites.com) is a Comweb Group member company. Founded in 1963, WFW is Canada’s oldest and largest provider of motion picture, television, digital media, and theatrical production equipment with offices across the country. The company services productions of all sizes from coast to coast and has the most extensive inventory of state-of-the-art production equipment in the industry, including the very latest in technological advances. Whites has established a reputation for excellence and is recognized by Canadian and international producers as one of the best production rental and sales firms in the world. Whites is also partners with world- renowned, Oscar® award-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond in Sparks Camera & Lighting Ltd., a leading Budapest, Hungary-based provider of motion picture production equipment servicing western and eastern European producers.

Vancouver International Film Festival | VIFF 2014

September 25 - October 10, 2014 | Film Info: 604.683.FILM (3456) | VIFF Office: 604.685.0260

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