Oscar-Nominated District 9 Prize Pack

Comments 85 by Rebecca Bollwitt

District 9, co-written by Vancouver Film School graduates Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, is up for Best Picture this weekend at the 87th annual Academy Awards.

It’s no secret that Vancouver Film School students are mighty talented and this Oscar nod is a pleasant (and warranted) surprise. To celebrate, VFS has given me a District 9 prize pack to give away to a reader this week.

  • The District 9 DVD, autographed
  • Mini poster autographed by Director/Co-Writer Neill Blomkamp and Co-Writer, Terri Tatchell
  • 1 InFocus Newsletter – District 9 Special Issue, autographed

  • To enter to win this prize pack, please leave a comment naming your favourite movie that has Vancouverites in the credits (or was filmed in Vancouver). This could be the star, the writer, director, or one featuring the recognizable Marine Building.

    I’ll do the draw tomorrow night at 5:00pm and the prize pack will be mailed out to the winner. The Oscars will be shown on CTV this Sunday and there are a few parties in town (at Players Chophouse or the OPUS Hotel) where you can join in the fun.

    Update: I have just drawn the winner randomly and it’s Dale, congratulations!

    Fine print: Participants must live within BC and be able to confirm their prize within 48 hours.

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    1. Art BuffieTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 10:15am PST

      My favorite made in Vancouver movie so far has been New Moon because I spent time at most of the sets and it was fun to see these shots in the finished movie.

    2. lucTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 10:17am PST

      The Fantastic Four, in which Vancouver shows up as New York!

    3. RobTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 10:18am PST

      Battlestar Galatica (the made for TV movie) was well done and disguised Vancouver pretty well.

    4. Stv.Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 10:18am PST

      Hard Core Logo! Based on Michael Turner’s book.

    5. ProducerDanTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 10:19am PST

      Very cool!! Best movie of 2009 by far. Best movie with a Vancouverite would be Back to the Future… best movie filmed in Vancouver are the Final Destination series, they have some amazing shots of the city and back country.

    6. HubTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 10:20am PST

      Not sure this qualifies, because it is a TV series, but BSG is what pops out, as well as Caprica (the spin-off). More prevalent with Caprica when you see your neighborhood as a background for a city that’s not even on this planet…

    7. IreneTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 10:20am PST

      X-Men 3… LOVE the shot of mutant Angel flying off the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown 🙂

    8. Kent BaskyTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 10:21am PST

      so many to choose from, but oddly enough when I think of movies shot in Vancouver, I always remember Jackie Chan’s ‘Rumble In The Bronx’, where Vancouver is sold as New York City, Coast Mountains and all…

    9. HenryTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 10:22am PST

      I’d say any of the Marvel movies filmed here in Vancouver (some of the X-Men series, Fantastic Four), but I think the one that sticks in my mind as the first movie that I remember knowing for sure that it was filmed here in Vancouver was Romeo Must Die. It was in the scene where Jet Li arrives and hails a cab, there’s an old Vancouver bus just behind the cab.

    10. Vanessa ChuTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 10:22am PST

      The X-Men movies. I actually saw Hugh Jackman at the Milestone in Yaletown while he was filming here. One hot man! 😀

    11. JewelsTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 10:23am PST

      my favorite vancouver movie is actually a short film entitled “Everything’s Coming Up Rosie” [psst, it’s playing at the Canada International Film Festival later this month at the Evergreen casino in Vancouver]. It stars Jodelle Ferland, Ian Tracy and Julia Benson and is written/directed by Vancouver’s own Jereme Watt.

    12. Patrick M.Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 10:24am PST

      88 minutes because it annoyed me while at UBC blocking my way and changing my librarys name, then bombed horribly.

    13. JewelsTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 10:27am PST

      whoops, i meant to say EDGEWATER casino, not evergreen

    14. Alan HawkerTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 10:31am PST

      As some others have picked TV series, I am going to pick the biggie, The X Files, which for 7 years was filmed entirely in BC and was made to look like it was all over the USA. A tribute not only to the excellent producers and location scouts, but also to BC’s varied terrain. I have a couple of books which detail where different episodes were filmed and it is always cool when a place I know (in my severely limited knowledge of BC) is shown and I recognise it.

      I saw District 9 for the first time when I was flying to Canada as a landed immigrant 7 weeks ago.

    15. AdelaideTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 10:35am PST

      21 Jump Street LOL. Old-school.

    16. AdelaideTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 10:48am PST

      Oops! That was a tv show. I will change it to Final Destination 1, since Devon Sawna was a Canadian.

    17. ScottTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 11:04am PST

      Favourite Vancouverite movie: Any of the Star Treks with James Doohan! If he’s not close enough to the “star” to count, then I’d have to say the movie Jumper with Hayden Christensen. Christensen may have also done some other minor sci-fi-related thing I can never remember the name of…

      The first movie to come to mind that was filmed here was the 6th Day. I’d never paid attention to where it was filmed until I saw it a few months after moving here and started recognizing places. That was a thrill, even if the movie itself wasn’t all that great.

    18. monalisaTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 11:05am PST

      Back to the Future is such a classic with a Vancouverite. As for TV, I once had a 1-liner on the show Street Justice & have fond memories of that! good times (anyone remember that one? so old school!)

    19. NanceTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 11:31am PST

      Sex and the City… kim catrall not technically vancouver, but she’s BC!

    20. LeighTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 11:36am PST

      I gotta go with Distric 9 itself, as my husband used to live with Julian Clarke, the Oscar-nominated editor of the movie!

    21. LeeTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 11:38am PST

      Hot Tub Timemachine looks like it will turn out to be a modern classic, and Jumanji is in all our hearts but I’d have to say my favourite right now is The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassis.

    22. Alan CTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 11:40am PST

      Don’t forget BARBED WIRE starring Pam Anderson!

    23. TomTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 11:42am PST

      I’m going to go for Back To the Future II – those hoverboards man! And the horrifically complicated plot. Genius.

    24. Sandra GarciaTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 11:43am PST

      A great movie series often filmed in Vancouver is X-Men!

    25. JamesTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 11:52am PST

      I gotta say X-Men, as it was very cool to watch it and see Vancouver all throughout!

    26. matthewTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 11:54am PST

      mine is Rumble in the Bronx

    27. Marina AntunesTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 12:10pm PST

      The criminally underseen “The Nines” starring the very talented (not to mention easy on the eyes) Ryan Reynolds. One worth digging up:


    28. HeatherTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 12:54pm PST

      Everything’s Gone Green – it’s like a love letter to our fair city 🙂

    29. Steven SmethurstTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 1:00pm PST

      Battlestar Galatica, more then a few seen where in Vancouver. one of the most obvious ones was in the first episode at SFU.

    30. GraemeTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 1:30pm PST

      Best vancouver movie has got to be the Back to the Future trilogy. Michael J Fox all the way.

    31. Kim WerkerTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 1:31pm PST

      Fido! It was filmed in the interior but has many Vancouverites in the credits. And how many movies can you describe as “a delightful zombie flick”?

    32. levi ageeTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 1:50pm PST

      Never Ending Story was filmed partly in Vancouver.

    33. SeanTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 2:15pm PST

      Juno was decent. I’m pretty sure it was filmed here.

    34. ChristinaTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 2:49pm PST

      The Watchmen.

    35. philip cTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 3:11pm PST

      All the movies listed above are awesome! The movie I like to bring up is Driven starring Silvester Stallone! Remember the Molson Indy??? I miss it!

    36. LisaTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 3:14pm PST

      New Moon, because it draws a sense of familiarity and brings me closer into the sceneries of the movie since I have been to many of those places that they were filming at. So it brings another dimension into the experience of watching this movie as I felt like I could relate to it more.

    37. Andrew ChobaniukTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 3:29pm PST

      Happy Gilmore!!!

    38. AlissaTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 3:30pm PST

      Does Battlestar Galactica count? If so- LOVED IT! and of course, District 9. Fantastic film 🙂

    39. EmmaTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 3:31pm PST

      On the Corner, which is actually about Vancouver too!

    40. StephanieTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 3:35pm PST

      District 9 was great. New Moon also has many shots of Vancouver (our forests) and Vancouverites in the credits.

    41. SheldonTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 3:41pm PST


    42. KevinTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 3:44pm PST

      21 Jump Street was great at showing off Vancouver in the 80’s.

      Hot Rod is a good one with Andy Samberg. Bird On A Wire with Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn was another good flick.

      As for Vancouver based stars/actors, I think Hayden Christensen in the Star Wars movies is pretty good too!

    43. JohnTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 3:48pm PST

      District 9!

    44. SamiTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 3:51pm PST

      Happy Gilmore – it’s a classic.

    45. DanielleTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 3:54pm PST

      Bird on a Wire, way old and before Mel Gibson went nuts but still a fun yet stupid movie 🙂

    46. KeithTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 3:59pm PST

      The Sixth Day, simply because I get to see the downtown library blow up at the climax. I love the library, but loved that scene in an otherwise terrible movie.

    47. TeresaTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 4:09pm PST

      I’ve been wanting to see this movie. I’d love to win. I like how X-Men was filmed in Vancouver.

    48. hansolocujoTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 4:10pm PST

      I’ve always been a fan of Michael J. Fox in the Back to the Future series.

    49. BradTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 4:26pm PST

      My Fave movie filmed in Van and featuring Vancouverites has gotta be: X2: X-MEN UNITED! 😀

    50. mariaTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 4:42pm PST

      Bird On A Wire. An oldie, but Goldie bought a house here right after the movie.

    51. angelaTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 4:59pm PST

      The Crush with a very young Alicia Silverstone!

    52. JasonTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 5:05pm PST

      Butterfly Effect was filmed in Vancouver. Such a great movie based on a neat idea!

    53. Dom RichardsTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 5:18pm PST

      Hmmmmm…. aside from District 9 and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, I would say…The NeverEnding Story! A classic movie from my childhood and you can see downtown Vancouver in the last scene!

    54. Michael GleboffTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 5:20pm PST


      And it’s worth mentioning, as many others have already, Battlestar Galactica. Incredible show that couldn’t have been made without Vancouver’s homegrown talent and diverse landscape

    55. JaniceTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 5:23pm PST

      40 Days & 40 Nights was a funny movie.

    56. RobTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 6:19pm PST

      Firewall! Because Harrison Ford is awesome and the movie… was made here

    57. Tiffany R WTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 6:46pm PST

      I would say the X-men series. But the most fun just because of how funny it was to see crazy fan girls would be New Moon and Eclipse even though it hasn’t come it.

      But best movie I would go with District 9. Best storyline and well everything!

    58. AnnTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 6:58pm PST

      I, Robot.

    59. AnnabelleTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 7:04pm PST

      New Moon!

    60. JosipTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 9:37pm PST

      The Chronicles of Riddick.

    61. NolanTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 10:11pm PST

      I would definitely say the up and coming film The A-Team, I am definitely stoked for it. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, it was pretty well done. Heath ledgers real last film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Ooooh, and the movie 2012, but I’ll pretend I didn’t say that one. It thought it was just all effects, bad acting terrible story. And at the person who said District 9 was filmed in Vancouver. Wasn’t it just edited in Vancouver?

    62. TrevorTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 10:13pm PST

      Rumble In The Bronx, Jackie Chan’s best film.

    63. TriciaTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 11:07pm PST

      Watchmen! Filmed in Vancouver AND a ton of VFS grads worked on the special effects for it.

    64. ArthurTuesday, March 2nd, 2010 — 11:53pm PST

      My favourite movie has to be Juno hands down. Filmed in Vancouver and the setting was delightful.

    65. DominicWednesday, March 3rd, 2010 — 12:15am PST

      “Everything’s Gone Green”, by far! It’s about as Vancouver as Vancouver gets (penned by Douglas Coupland!) and features a great Canadian cast and terrific shots from around the city proudly throughout its story!

    66. rachelWednesday, March 3rd, 2010 — 1:13am PST

      new moon !

    67. DaleWednesday, March 3rd, 2010 — 9:38am PST

      District 9!

      Whenever someone mentions films shot in Vancouver, I can’t help but think of the first movie I saw that featured a distinct Vancouver building: The Groundstar Conspiracy with George Peppard. Sequences were shot at SFU and it was released in 1972 (10 years before First Blood). I first saw it in late night reruns many years later and totally don’t remember if it was any good. It’s memorable because part of SFU gets blown up 🙂

    68. Yasmin AbrahamWednesday, March 3rd, 2010 — 10:02am PST

      Carpool! i remember being 13 and watching Tom Arnold film a scene on Lonsdale Avenue in North Van. So funny 🙂

    69. AlanWednesday, March 3rd, 2010 — 10:15am PST

      A sci-fi tie between The Matrix with actress Carrie-Ann Moss, and Serenity with actress Jewel Staite.

    70. august95Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 — 10:18am PST

      District 9

    71. MichaelWednesday, March 3rd, 2010 — 10:25am PST

      How about The Imaginaruim of Dr Parnassus which was partially shot here but has another Vancouver Film Maker nominated for an Oscar, Costume Designer Monique Prudhomme.
      Also a few classic, Stallones First Blood or how about 1971 Robert Altman film McCabe and Mrs Miller starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie.
      The first Night at the Museum in which we turned a little field in Langley into Central Park for the big stagecoach chase scene.
      Just sayin….

    72. MichaelWednesday, March 3rd, 2010 — 10:32am PST

      Oh yeah, let’s not forget that every movie and TV show made here has Vancouverites in the credits. It’s not just directors, writers, editors There are a lot of extremely talented crew members that bring these films to fruition. From PA’s to producers we’ve got some great film makers in this city.

    73. LeeWednesday, March 3rd, 2010 — 11:10am PST

      Aging myself: Back to the Future (Micheal J Fox star).

    74. Mark DWednesday, March 3rd, 2010 — 12:27pm PST

      I Robot!

    75. LarissaWednesday, March 3rd, 2010 — 2:05pm PST

      Juno for sure!

    76. RanelleWednesday, March 3rd, 2010 — 2:39pm PST

      New Moon!

    77. kgbWednesday, March 3rd, 2010 — 2:47pm PST

      Have to go with X-Men, not because the series are my fave movies, but just because anything with the library in it makes me happy. I love spotting local Vancouver scenes in movies! 🙂

      As for the Oscars, I’d love to see District 9 win. Anything but Avatar, really!

    78. JoeWednesday, March 3rd, 2010 — 3:01pm PST

      Fantastic Four! Loved the motocross scene at BC Place

    79. ChrisWednesday, March 3rd, 2010 — 3:40pm PST

      I’m going to go with I,Robot – not that it used Shaw Tower and I’m biased or anything..

    80. AndrewWednesday, March 3rd, 2010 — 3:47pm PST

      Double Jeopardy had great views and Ashley Judd 🙂

    81. Mai HoWednesday, March 3rd, 2010 — 3:49pm PST

      my favourite has to be X-men Origins: wolverine. I got to see alot of the actors at UBC!!

    82. UdayWednesday, March 3rd, 2010 — 3:52pm PST

      I have to say fantastic four also. I could barely recognize vancouver in the movie, they did a good job!

    83. KatieWednesday, March 3rd, 2010 — 3:53pm PST

      District 9 as well

    84. KatieWednesday, March 3rd, 2010 — 3:54pm PST

      District 9!

    85. Jason KuryloWednesday, March 3rd, 2010 — 4:31pm PST

      I have to admit, I’m a sucker for the first two X-Men movies. Does that make me a bad person?

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