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Vancouver International Film Festival 2017 | Sep 28 - Oct 13 | viff.org
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The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is the premier showcase for local cinema. With a thriving industry, a wealth of experienced professionals and new talent rising to the surface, BC is truly a mecca for filmmaking, producing work of the highest caliber year after year. VIFF is proud to play a strong role in this culture by bringing the province's directors and their visions to audiences. From city streets to mountain vistas, BC provides a rich backdrop for stories to unfold, and its history and culture are a great inspiration to film artists.

VIFF's Sea to Sky stream, presented with the support of Premier Partner TELUS, showcases the very best of local filmmaking. These 12 films offer a thrilling array of perspectives, each defined by its local origin but still wildly original. Raucous comedy and committed documentary, Indigenous activism and spoken-word poetry—with that and so much more, Sea to Sky offers the province to its people through the medium of film.

Sea To Sky Films - VIFF 2017

Indian Horse
STEPHEN CAMPANELLI, CANADA, 2017, 100 MIN.
SPECIAL PRESENTATION
In this moving adaptation of Richard Wagamese’s novel, Stephen Campanelli condemns Canada’s most deplorable transgression while celebrating our national game’s transcendent power. Languishing in a residential school, Saul Indian Horse finds salvation on a sheet of ice. But while a preternatural hockey sense lets him slip bodychecks with a dancer’s grace, he can’t evade the ramifications of past abuses. Saul’s strength in this struggle is a testament to the Indigenous peoples’ indomitable spirit.

C̓ƏSNAʔƏM: THE CITY BEFORE THE CITY
ELLE-MÁIJÁ TAILFEATHERS, CANADA, 2017, 75 MIN.
World Premiere
We live on land that was never ceded or sold by those who were living here at "first contact," and yet we know precious little about the Lower Mainland before real estate. This film aims to correct that with a meaningful reminder of the history and prehistory of this land and her first people. VIFF alumnus Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, in collaboration with the Musqueam First Nation and the UBC Museum of Anthropology curatorial team, shares this reflection on a time when BC was indeed super and natural.

In English and hən̓q̓əmin̓əm

DEAD SHACK
PETER RICQ, CANADA, 2017, 82 MIN.
With their best attempt at a wholesome family vacation already being sabotaged by f-bombs and baser desires, three teenage friends are suddenly sent careening on a detour into over-the-top, gory horror in this ode to ’80s genre flicks from Peter Ricq (whose band HUMANS supplies the synth score). Thanks to the equal attention lavished on characters and physical comedy/carnage (courtesy of first-rate practical effects), this severed-tongue-in-cheek film’s blunt-force trauma packs all the more punch.

ENTANGLEMENT
JASON JAMES, CANADA, 2017, 84 MIN.
Intent on ending his misery, Ben (Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch) merely adds to a laundry list of embarrassments. So it’s no surprise when subsequent efforts to connect with the woman who was nearly his adoptive sister (Jess Weixler) send him into a darkly comic tailspin that leaves him questioning every relationship in his life, as well as his increasingly tenuous grip on reality. Jason James’ sophisticated film poignantly questions whether it’s ever advisable to let things go.
GREGOIRE
CODY BOWN, CANADA, 2017, 109 MIN.
Shot in his hometown of Fort McMurray before it was ravaged by wildfires, Cody Bown’s drama draws on real-life events to capture snapshots of a community teetering on a precipice and a collection of twentysomethings whose seemingly directionless lives have intersected. Bown draws remarkable performances from an ensemble cast (headed by Jared Abrahamson); his film will resonate with anyone who’s reached that stage in life where there’s no other option than making a life-changing decision.

HOLLOW IN THE LAND
Hollow in the Land
SCOOTER CORKLE, CANADA, 2017, 99 MIN.
Canadian Premiere
When a body is found in a trailer park, and her missing brother (Jared Abrahamson) becomes the number one suspect, headstrong Alison (Dianna Agron) decides to take things into her own hands, setting out to track him down and clear his name before the cops find him first. The harder this amateur detective looks, the more people turn up dead, and soon she becomes a suspect herself. In a town tucked away amidst a mountain range, secrets get buried deep. If Alison’s not careful, she’ll get buried with them.
LUK'LUK'I
WAYNE WAPEEMUKWA, CANADA, 2017, 90 MIN.
February 2010: as Canada battles the US for Olympic hockey supremacy, a handful of engrossing, life-and-death dramas unfold in the back alleys, seedy bars and SROs of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Filmmaker Wayne Wapeemukwa invites some of the city’s marginalized citizens to step into starring roles, and he shines a light on the urban realities we’re often too eager to avert our eyes from. In the process he crafts a discordant city symphony that charts Vancouver’s complexities.

MEET BEAU DICK - MAKER OF MONSTERS
LATIESHA TI'SI'TLA FAZAKAS, NATALIE BOLL, CANADA, 2017, 92 MIN.
World Premiere
Admirers of Pacific Northwest art are notably unanimous in their admiration of the oeuvre of the late Kwakwaka’wakw artist Beau Dick, whose generosity and prolific nature embodied the very spirit of potlatch. LaTiesha Ti’si’tla Fazakas and Natalie Boll’s intimate profile details the man’s rare charisma; his carvings, which remain revered in art circles; and his passionate activism, which culminated in the breaking of coppers in Victoria and Ottawa as an act of protest against legislative injustices.

NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL
KATHLEEN HEPBURN, CANADA, 2017, 111 MIN.
Set against a spectacular northern BC backdrop, Kathleen Hepburn’s debut is the intimate story of a devoted mother wrestling with Parkinson’s (Shirley Henderson, astonishing in a demanding role) and a son saddled with his first adult responsibilities (future star Théodore Pellerin). Eloquently scripted, and directed with both tenderness and assurance, the film uses its note-perfect, naturalistic performances and intricately calibrated revelations to create powerful, cathartic drama.



ON PUTIN'S BLACKLIST
On Putin's Blacklist
BORIS IVANOV, CANADA, 2017, 76 MIN.
World Premiere
An engaging and timely tour d’horizon of Mother Russia and her place in today’s world. We witness the wounded pride of Russians as the Soviet Empire crumbles and the jingoistic xenophobia born out of an increased reliance on foreign investment grows. Propaganda and demonization of the “other” result in institutionalized racism and a culture of disdain. Boris Ivanov brings us up to speed on the shameful adoption crisis, state-sanctioned Internet hacking and the heartless treatment of LGBTQ citizens.


ONCE THERE WAS A WINTER
Once There Was A Winter
ANA VALINE, CANADA, 2017, 86 MIN.
World Premiere
The Canadian north’s unforgiving nature is amplified to chilling effect in this claustrophobic, white-knuckle thriller from Ana Valine (Sitting on the Edge of Marlene). What is supposed to be a quick stop at a remote trailer turns into a standoff between embittered brothers, with an innocent woman (Kate Corbett) caught in the crossfire. As old wounds are reopened and fresh blood is spilled, the wolves at the door pose little threat in comparison to the personal demons being unleashed inside.

PUBLIC SCHOOLED
Public Schooled
KYLE RIDEOUT, CANADA, 2017, 86 MIN.
Book-smart but unschooled in the ways of life, home-schooled teen Liam (Daniel Doheny) has a bright future laid out, even if casual conversation amounts to a social minefield for him. But then he lays eyes on the wooden leg of the prettiest girl in public school and decides on self-sabotage; the result is an extended Grade 12 stay. This comedy from Kyle Rideout (Eadweard) is fuelled by chemistry between Liam and his helicopter mom (Judy Greer) that is so spectacularly awkward it would make Oedipus blush.
SHUT UP AND SAY SOMETHING
MELANIE WOOD, CANADA, 2017, 82 MIN.
World Premiere
Internationally acclaimed spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan gives a poignant and powerful voice to those relegated to the margins: the bullied, awkward and visibly different. In this entrancing documentary, Melanie Wood reveals a bashful alchemist who creates dazzling rhetorical fireworks. With candour, Koyczan shares his momentous and deeply personal journey to finally meet his estranged father. The result is his most important poem yet—and the more intimate his words are, the more universal they become.
Sea To Sky Awards - VIFF 2017

Sea To Sky Award
Presented by TELUS, this award will recognize the outstanding work of one female key creative on a BC-produced feature or short. The significant $20,000 prize money can be used for a future production or towards customized training that will further advance the creator's career.
Telus

Best BC Film Award
One narrative feature will receive a $10,000 development bursary provided by the Harold Greenberg Fund and $15,000 post-production services credit supplied by Encore (Deluxe Ent Services Group).
Harold Greenberg FundEncore Deluxe

BC Emerging Filmmaker Award
This award includes a $7,500 cash prize sponsored sponsored by the Union of BC Performers/ACTRA and Actra Fraternal Benefits Society and $10,000 equipment credit supplied by William F. White. This award is open to narrative features that are signatory to a UBCP/ACTRA agreement.
UBCP/ACTRAAFBSWilliam E White International Inc

#mustseebc
In advance of the festival, the #mustseeBC campaign presented by STORYHIVE invites audiences to preview trailers, promote BC filmmakers across social networks and VOTE for their favourite films. The film that gets the most fan votes takes the title "Audience Must-See-Film" and gets a special red carpet screening. Voting starts on September 14th on mustseebc.viff.org.
#mustseeBC

Winners will be determined by the members of the Sea To Sky jury and announced at an awards ceremony on Saturday, October 7, 2017.
Totally Indie Day - October 7
Presented by STORYHIVE. Totally Indie Day is a dynamic day designed to provide hands-on advice from top experienced industry professionals to emerging content creators through targeted business, creative and personal development opportunities. This tent pole industry event supports rising feature film directors, by connecting them with award-winning screenwriters, directors and producers from some of the most popular and successful screen-based content series, today. Attendees also have the chance to meet with Canadian and US distributors and network with industry professionals.
Storyhive

BC Spotlight Awards Gala and Industry Party - October 7
Our annual event honouring BC creative industries and artists. This special evening starts with eight awards being handed out and culminates with an after-party where attendees can celebrate and network.

Information - VIFF 2017

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

  • PanoramaFrom France to FinlandEastern Europe, India, Middle East and Africa Latin America, UK & USA Documentaries Galas and Special Presentations – The world's boldest creators and their exceptional works. The year's most anticipated international films and new discoveries curated specifically for VIFF audiences.
  • Sea to Sky – 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 – Interactive screen-based experiences, talks and sessions with creative leaders designed to educate and inspire public and professional attendees alike.
  • 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 – Genre-bending features that defy traditional classification and creators who push short form storytelling to its limits.

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