Vancouver International Film Festival

'Dallas Buyers Club' About 'Living For The First Time': Screenwriter

Heather Magee | Posted 10.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

I knew "Dallas Buyers Club" was a film that was about 25 years in the making, but I had no idea how the story originally came to be.

VIFF: 'Noble' Shows Ordinary People Can Accomplish Extraordinary Things

Heather Magee | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

"Noble" will appeal to just about anyone, because the story is too triumphant to pass up.

Vancouver Director's Documentary Makes Eccentrics The Norm

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 10.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia

For much of his life, Academy Award-winning, Vancouver filmmaker John Zaritsky was a self-proclaimed "closet eccentric." But then he spent some tim...

VIFF 2014: 'October Gale' Is A Balanced Film With Complex Characters

Heather Magee | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

"October Gale," written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Ruba Nadda, tells the story of two people lost, but who together are somehow found. Helen and Will live in completely different realities, but find solace in each other's vulnerabilities and mutual attraction.

Japanese Stars Heat Up Vancouver Red Carpet

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Vancouver got a dose of Japanese star power this week as a huge crowd (of mostly girls) welcomed the stars of "The Vancouver Asahi," which premiered a...

VIFF 2014: 'Two Days, One Night' Asks Some Difficult Questions

Heather Magee | Posted 09.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

You'll like this film if you enjoy exploring the psychology behind what motivates us to choose one path over another.

VIFF 2014 Opening Gala: The Crowd Went Wild

Heather Magee | Posted 09.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

The 33rd Annual Vancouver International Film Festival kicked off last night with the gala screening of "Wild," directed by Canada's own Jean-Marc Vallée. Although he and his cast were not in attendance -- VIFF rarely sees the level of glitterati our sister festival to the east receives -- the audience was electric.

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.

Vancouver Film Festivals Call for Submissions

Heather Magee | Posted 07.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

The film festival season unofficially begins in snowy Sundance followed by Tribeca, Cannes and all of the corresponding hype that follows. Come fall, it's Canada's turn to host the glitterati and a roster of impressive filmmakers beginning in September with TIFF, followed by two fests on the West Coast that filmsters flock to.

VIFF Director Steps Down

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Alan Franey has overseen his final Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) after a year in which attendance exceeded expectations. The festiva...

VIFF 2013 Review: The Lunchbox

Heather Magee | Posted 12.09.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

Set amidst a modern Mumbai, beautifully capturing the color and energy of the city, The Lunchbox will give audiences something to smile about. Written and directed by Ritesh Batra, the story is peppered with perfectly-timed comedic moments, which balance the melancholy of the lead character. Khan is dashing - think India's answer to Tom Selleck - and a delight to watch in this follow up to his role in last year's Life of Pi. I should also mention the mouth-watering dishes, which will give you a hankering for Indian food from the moment the credits roll.

VIFF 2013: 'Finding Vivian Maier' Reviewed

Heather Magee | Posted 12.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

In 2007, Chicago-based historian and collector John Maloof discovered 100,000 negatives and hundreds of hours of Super 8 film footage and audio recordings which he acquired during a storage locker auction. What he didn't know was he was on the cusp of uncovering some of the most prolific American street photography of the 20th century. Vivian Maier spent next forty years working as a nanny for various families of Chicago's upper crust neighborhoods. She also spent much of her time with a Rolleiflex camera hanging from her neck, shooting people and scenes around the city, a hobby she kept quiet throughout her life. Her subjects ranged from the rich and affluent to the poor and impoverished with a penchant for politics and highlighting historical moments.

VIFF Review: 'All The Wrong Reasons'

Heather Magee | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

Written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Gia Milani, All the Wrong Reasons is a film about the difference between being selfish or selfless in matters of love. Milani maneuvers the heartbreak of PTSD thoughtfully, as Kate is faced with small challenges until her biggest hurdle is what defines her future with James, who has ventured down an impulsive path of his own.

Back to Nature With a Vengeance: VIFF 2013 Is Full of Outdoor Ordeals

Allan MacInnis | Posted 11.28.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Allan MacInnis

Usually, outdoor ordeal films, at least of the horror genre, involve members of the middle classes suffering for their privileges, and ultimately being forced to defend them violently against poor people with a righteous grudge. Besides having a glaring class dimension, another aspect of the appeal of such films, is that they present cityfolk in the audience a chance to vicariously test our mettle: can we "do what is to be done under such conditions -- eat raw meat, sleep on the bare ground, betray our comrades, kill someone?" Or has city life made us too soft? 2013's VIFF has no shortage of films that ask these questions, with film after film plunging its characters into ordeals in the wilds, from which they may not emerge. Not all of these are horror films -- though even ones that aren't partake of elements of the genre

LOOK: 10 Canadian Films To See At VIFF

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia

With over 300 feature films from around the world to choose from at VIFF, planning what to see can be a daunting task. We thought we'd help you narrow...

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.

Fiona Morrow

Can VIFF Save B.C. Film?

HuffingtonPost.com | Fiona Morrow | Posted 09.26.2013 | Canada British Columbia

It may provide a veritable smorgasbord of international cinematic offerings, but this year, the Vancouver International Film Festival is also going bi...

VIFF Scoops TIFF

The Huffington Post B.C, | Posted 09.05.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The Vancouver International Film Festival kicks off Sept. 26 with the Canadian premiere of Alexander Payne's "Nebraska". Payne's follow up to the O...

VIFF: Films To See This Year

The Huffington Post B.C. | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 09.27.2012 | Canada British Columbia

The Vancouver International Film Festival is like TIFF's little brother. It doesn't boast the Hollywood star power of the Toronto International Film F...

VIFF 2012 For First-Timers

Heather Magee | Posted 11.26.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

VIFF has a reputation of attracting a bit of a film snob set in comparison to its much larger sister festival in Toronto. Don't believe the hype. VIFF fosters a fabulous celebration of film, whether it's your first time or you've been going for years. Many people ask me how to approach the film selection process. With so many screenings spanning a two-week period, how does one decide what to see?

Film Fest Welcomes The World

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.23.2012 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - If they were shoes, it could be considered a pair of sturdy hiking boots to Toronto's Manolos.But the Vancouver International Film Festiva...