With the Toronto International Film Festival coming to a close this Sunday, it’s time to start thinking about our very own IFF here on the west coast. Starting September 26th, the Vancouver International Film Festival will begin its two-week endeavour at seven venues around the city for cinephiles and documentary nerds alike.
VIFF, which prides itself as one of the top five largest film festivals in North America, will be showcasing over 180 features, alongside 80 shorts, from both renowned film makers and exciting new voices. While it may not quite have the celebrity glamour of TIFF, the festival presents some unique qualities for attendees. It showcases the largest number of Canadian projects and screens the most selections of East Asian films outside of the region, not to mention the documentary program and the immersive interactions with industry leaders.
6 p.m. sharp, the festival will kick off with two very unique productions at two different locations. At the first venue, SFU Goldcorp will be screening the North American premiere of Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains, a story based around the passion, modernity, and tradition of family as director Gu Xiaogang explores his hometown of Fuyang through the use of cinematic mid and long shots, playing with the camera to create immersive drama for the audience.
If that doesn’t quite strike your fancy, the Vancity Theatre will be screening the program MODES 1 which showcases 7 short productions from various directors that aim to draw the viewer in through sensory experiences, challenging them to “submit to the artist.”
So, grab your popcorn and whatever snacks you’ll be sneaking in, Vancouver! (Except not really, I definitely don’t condone that.) Ticket and schedule information for this exciting event can be found here or on the individual festival categories (passes, talks, immersed, AMP).