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Vancouver International Film Festival 2016 | Sep 29 - Oct 14 |
Next: Groundbreaking and Unforgettable Experiences
Talks + EventsVIFF Industry ExchangeVirtual Reality
Late Night @ HUBTicket Pass InfoVIFF News

Presented by VIFF Premiere Supporter Creative BC, the Next stream showcases a strong lineup of talks, events and workshops at VIFF HUB, a central location for experiences beyond film. From the latest in VR innovations, music and emerging digital platforms to conversations with creators of hit shows, Next is as a catalyst for ground-breaking ideas and unforgettable next-level experiences that will educate and inspire public and industry audiences alike.

This year, VIFF expands the frame to create multi-experiential programming streams that include curated screenings fused with related talks and events in a unique 'film plus' model. You can now find what you already love even more easily and discover new areas of interest. For a list of our streams and announcements click here.

Creator Talks | VIFF 2016

Matt Johnson and Jay McCarrol | Creator Talks
Creators and stars, Nirvanna the Band the Show
FRI. SEP 30, 3:30 PM
They might seem like a couple of hapless wannabe rock stars in a crappy non-band called Nirvanna, doing anything to land their dream gig. But in real life, Matt Johnson and Jay McCarrol are the creators and stars of Vice's first scripted series for its Viceland channel. The show, which premieres this fall, builds on Johnson and McCarrol's web smash Nirvanna the Band.

Tatiana Maslany | Creator Talks
Actor, The Other Half, Orphan Black
SAT. OCT 1, 12:30PM
A conversation with Tatiana Maslany, star and producer of The Other Half, which screens on Oct. 1. Maslany stars in the Canadian science fiction thriller series Orphan Black and has achieved widespread critical acclaim for her performance, winning two Critics' Choice Television Awards, a TCA award and three Canadian Screen Awards in addition to receiving Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG nominations.

Marti Noxon | Creator Talks
Creator, UnREAL
TUE. OCT 4, 6:00 PM
Writer/producer Marti Noxon talks about working on hit shows, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Mad Men. She's the co-creator of Lifetime's highly acclaimed, Peabody Award winning show UnREAL, which offers a captivating behind-the-scenes look at the production team and consultants on a Bachelor-like series.

Presented by IATSE891

Skate, Ski, Ride | Creator Talks
SAT. OCT 8, 6:00PM
Join skateboarding legend Rick McCrank, co-owner of Antisocial skate shop and star of the new Viceland series Abandoned and Jordan Manley, creator of A Skier's Journey, shot in the steeps of China and Iran, for an evening of screenings, drinks and a celebration of skating, riding, skiing and the filmmakers from Sea to Sky country who dare to go further and document it all.

Simon David Barry | Episodic
Executive Producer
SAT. OCT 1, 6:00PM
Join Vancouver executive producer Simon Davis Barry (Continuum) for a screening of the premiere episode of Van Helsing, the hot new Syfy series about a female vampire hunter on a mission to save the world, followed by a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this sure-to-be-blockbuster series. Van Helsing was shot in Vancouver this past year. Presented by ACFC West

Gordon Smith | Episodic
FRI. OCT 7, 6:00PM
Catch Better Call Saul's Emmy-nominated episode "Five-O", and talk with Gordon Smith, the writer-producer on the critically acclaimed Breaking Bad spin-off series. Gordon Smith earned his keep on Breaking Bad, working his way from office PA to a seat in the writers' room and his story is one of incredible success, with this Emmy-nominated episode to boot.

Bullying: Cast & Crew of Milton's Secret | Topics
SAT. OCT 1, 1:00PM
Based on the book by international bestselling author Eckhart Tolle, Milton's Secret takes on the topic of bullying and how parents and kids alike can use mindfulness as a resource to respond to the challenges of stress and life. Director Barnet Bain will join cast members Mia Kirshner, David Sutcliffe and William Ainscough to discuss this subject.

Impact: Manufacturing Meets Environment | Topics
SUN. OCT 2, 6:00PM
Roger Williams, director of RiverBlue, follows international river conservationist Mark Angelo to explore one of the world's most polluting industries: fashion. Denis Delestrac, director of Freightened: The Real Price of Shipping, takes us through his investigation of the many faces of worldwide freight shipping and sheds light on its consequences. Roger and Denis will join up to talk about the impact of manufacturing on the environment, examining its effects above and below the waterline.

Generation Z: A Workshop for Young Filmmakers | Workshop
SUN. OCT 2, 3:30PM
Whether you're using an iPhone or a DSLR, young creators have grown up shooting, editing and producing all on their own. This session will show young filmmakers how to enhance their directing and storytelling skills, scale their productions up and work with a crew – in front of, and behind, the camera. Guests include: Randall Okita and Tania Thompson(The Lockpicker), Joonas Rutanen (I Love Anna), Emma Samms (The Law of Moments)

Presented by The Harold Greenberg Fund

Totally Indie Day | Workshop
A dynamic day, designed to provide real insight and hands-on advice from top experienced industry pros and rising new talent. The best emerging film directors of 2016, hit web series creators, key distributors looking for the next great indie and the best of Hollywood share their successes, setbacks, what they're looking for and what you need to do to rise to the top. Learn more.
VIFF Industry Exchange
A first-of-its-kind, one-day event that will lay the groundwork for showcasing Vancouver as a world-class destination for sustainable screen-based industry production. This will be a day of inspiration, where we learn about trends and the next phase of opportunities to further sustainable production. Chris Carter, writer and director of The X-Files, will open the day followed by executives from the Hollywood studios and representatives from global and local sustainability leader organizations. Learn more.

Chris Cartier - The X-Files - Industry Builder Award

This year, VIFF, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC to celebrate BC Creates honour a leader in the industry who has exemplified and promoted sustainability in his recent production of The X-Files, and are proud to present writer and director Chris Carter with the VIFF Industry Screen Builder Award.


VIFF Industry Exchange | VIFF 2016

VIFF Industry Exchange
Where Content Meets Business
Presented by CMPA-BC in partnership with Creative BC and and Western Economic Diversification (WED), VIFF Industry Exchange provides attendees with high-level education and business development opportunities from global industry leaders in the ever-evolving digital entertainment market. The forum is a mustattend for executives and creators seeking to stay abreast of the most recent changes in the marketplace or intending to pivot to newer platforms, as well as for newer digital creators wanting to expand their audiences and business practices. The program includes keynote talks, B2B meetings with development executives and a series of discussions on the most recent transformations in the global marketplace, including: what the latest models are, what the newest platforms are buying and how to package your projects to sell.

Workshops | VIFF 2016

Expanding Frontiers in Storytelling: Virtual Reality
Tackling the Next Big Thing in Consumer Entertainment
Presented by Creative BC, the Expanding Frontiers in Storytelling series will transport attendees into the new mediums of VR and AR, with key insights from some of the most respected futurists in the world, as well as conversations and demos from leading VR creators, companies, technologists and distributors. This is a must-attend series for anyone looking to understand or hoping to capitalize on this transformational medium, and is completely appropriate for everyone from new filmmakers to the most experienced.

The program includes a keynote from Ted Schilowitz, the Futurist at 20th Century Fox Studios and Chief Creative Officer at Barco Escape, who is helping guide the studio and film industry into the next breakthroughs in storytelling for mass audience consumption; as well as a series of talks, panels and presentations from leading VR companies, distributors and creators, with highlighted case studies, and important discussions on business models, distribution and looks at where the new opportunities are. Live demonstrations across the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Gear VR will also be running throughout the day for participant sampling.

Workshops | VIFF 2016

Late Night @HUB | VIFF 2016
Late Night @HUB
SEP. 30 - OCT. 8
From 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., the decibel level rises as live music from local acts mixes with some of the most innovative sonic and visual experiences. VIFF HUB is a meeting and exhibition space open in the evenings of the festival giving festivalgoers a venue to engage in dialogue over drinks while experiencing innovative music and film collaborations. Experiences include music events that augment the film festival programming, live performances of award winning soundtracks, some of Vancouver's top progressive electronic music and art exhibitions, screenings of the best local YouTuber videos and curated music video nights.

Stay tuned for full line up.

Workshops | VIFF 2016

Talks Pass: $99
Individual Session: $25

Totally Indie Day
All Day Pass: $125
Student passes available for $99.
Morning Session Ticket: $75
Afternoon Session Ticket: $95

Expanding Frontiers in Storytelling: Virtual Reality Pass: $150
VIFF Industry Exchange Pass: $250
Virtual Reality and VIFF Industry Exchange Pass: $350

Sustainable Production Forum
Free Event, Registration is required

HUB Pass: $475
All HUB Events

HUB+ Pass: $625
Admission to all HUB events and to all VIFF Screenings except the official Opening and Closing Gala Screenings.

Information - VIFF Sep 29 - Oct 14, 2016

The festival's programming will be featured in the following streams:

  • Panorama: Special PresentationsDocumentariesSpotlight on FranceContemporary World CinemaCinemas of India/Iran/Africa/Middle EastCinemas of Australasia/Latin America/USA – The world's boldest creators and their exceptional works. The year's most anticipated international films and new discoveries curated specifically for VIFF audiences.
  • Ignite – A showcase of the inspired works emerging from the creative nexus that is British Columbia.
  • True North – A celebration of the extraordinary creativity and craft being demonstrated by Canadian storytellers from coast to coast.
  • Impact – Uncompromising films and insightful discussions that spark action and change the way we see the world.
  • Next – Virtual reality, gaming, music and emerging digital platforms serve as a catalyst for ground-breaking ideas and unforgettable next-level experiences.
  • Gateway – Journey into the compelling cinematic worlds envisioned by some of East Asia's most adventurous artists.
  • M/A/D – Music, art and design receive their deserved big-screen treatment in this aesthetically alluring stream that's enhanced by exhibitions and live performances.
  • ALT – Fantastic cinema that defies traditional classification and creators who push short form storytelling to its limits.
Important Dates
IN-PERSON: Box Office opens at The Vancouver International Film Centre. 1181 Seymour Street, at Davie (Mon-Sat: Noon - 7pm, Sun: 2pm - 9pm)

Program Guides are now available on-line and for pick up at The Vancouver International Film Centre. Distribution in various locations will be posted on soon.

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