Film Festival

5 Must-See Films At VIFF 2014

Heather Magee | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

Choosing what to see if always a bit daunting, as it's hard to squeeze 341 films into the span of two weeks. So to help you prepare your VIFF viewing schedule, here's five films I wouldn't miss.

What Do You Do When Your Star Quits Your Film?

John Kastner | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada
John Kastner

There he stood with his excellent manners telling me politely that he did not want to be in my film, or discuss his tragic case or for that matter have anything further to do with me, not now or ever. And for the next few months, cut me dead. Welcome to the cruel realities of the world of documentary making. It's supposed to get easier when you've won four Emmys.

Why You Need To Visit The Calgary Underground Film Festival

Shannon McClennan | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada Alberta
Shannon McClennan

As a self-admitted film fan, I'll be taking in as many of these underground gems as I can, but even the best of us need a little guidance when it comes to structuring seven days of celluloid immersion. So here I have for you my top picks for this years' Calgary Underground Film Festival.

LOOK: The Dark Side Of VIFF

Allan MacInnis | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Allan MacInnis

Nothing quite like a good midnight movie. Savvy, cinephilic audiences meet provocative, culty film fare at a time when, as Dick Miller observes in Martin Scorsese's After Hours, "different rules apply." The programming for VIFF's new late-night series, Altered States -- handled by longtime Vancouver journalist and VIFF staffer Curtis Woloschuk -- certainly reflects this observation. And what's striking about the series as a whole, is that the movies featured have much of the sophistication usually spotlighted by VIFF -- they're just cranked up a notch.

The Gift Lounges of TIFF

Katherine Brodsky | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada
Katherine Brodsky

Everyone loves gifts, and companies especially like sharing their products with celebrities and other influencers, hoping to associate their brands with A-listers, and get some all-important media attention. So with every TIFF comes the inevitable swag room: The Gift Lounge. What was up for grabs this year?

Curing Poverty With Curiosity

John F. Gray | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

Our cultural lore suggests that curiosity may claim the lives of a few cats. Moving from lore to a distinct possibility, we really should add poverty to that list. Connecting their theme "Stay Curious" the 2013 Projecting Change Film Festival, is pushing forward the conversation that can't be ignored. Closing the festival with a showing of Girl Rising, the vital importance of educating women around the world lit up the screen. Learning is about staying curious. Education is a key to curing poverty.

Cannes Day 5: Cronenberg's Son, and Getting Money for My Dance Moves

Matt Sadowski | Posted 07.22.2012 | Canada
Matt Sadowski

2012-05-17-cannesDanielle.jpgWhen discussing what was the first film that terrified David as a child, David responded by saying Bambi. He went onto say the best advice he could give to neophyte directors is to actually go out and direct something. Nothing teaches what it's like to make a film better than actually making one.

Inside Out Film Festival: Coming Out of the Gay Film Stereotype

Andrew Murphy | Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada
Andrew Murphy

The Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival has just begun and this year marks a significant shift in queer filmmaking: a movement away from the simple "coming out" story, and away from films that play up gay stereotypes because it really is no longer "fine" if we do it ourselves. Films with LGBT content are becoming just that: films with LGBT content, versus "gay movies."