Vancouver South African Film Festival 2011

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South Africa was front and center on the global stage this summer as it hosted the World Cup and now its art and culture is making waves. For the first time ever, Vancouver is hosting a South African Film Festival this weekend at the Empire 7 Granville Cinemas. The festival will showcase eight South African documentaries and feature films that show the new face of the country.

Seven of the eight films are Canadian debuts and organizers believe this to be the first South African Film Festival outside of the country itself. With 60,000 South Africans living in the Lower Mainland (and plenty of film lovers) they hope to make this an annual event.

Tickets are $9 and $12 for matinee or evening screenings January 22nd or 23rd. I am also giving away 3 pairs of tickets to the opening gala on Saturday. These tickets (value $25 each) include a screening of the film “SKIN” at 7:30pm followed by the gala event with South African food and wine.

Here’s how you can enter to win one of three pairs of opening gala tickets:

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  • I entered to win a pair of @VSAFFest opening gala tickets from @Miss604

    I will draw 3 winners (who will each get a pair of tickets) at random from all entries tomorrow, January 20th, at 9:00am.

    Update The winners are Kate, @bartdebaere, and Marie have a great time!

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    1. BartWednesday, January 19th, 2011 — 1:35pm PST

      One of my favorite foreign films is Cell 211, which was featured as part of the Vancouver International Film Festival last year.


    2. MarkWednesday, January 19th, 2011 — 1:39pm PST

      Fave foreign film: Y Tu Mama Tambien (hope I spelled that correctly..)

    3. SanazWednesday, January 19th, 2011 — 2:32pm PST

      I have so many but the one that comes to mind is Motorcycle Diaries

    4. KateWednesday, January 19th, 2011 — 2:33pm PST

      Tsotsi (also South African…how convenient…)

    5. JaseWednesday, January 19th, 2011 — 3:00pm PST

      My fave foreign film is Udon.

    6. donWednesday, January 19th, 2011 — 3:39pm PST

      favourite is The Damned United

    7. JulieWednesday, January 19th, 2011 — 5:10pm PST

      I just got back from a trip to South Africa. It was amazing and I wold love to see anything regarding the country’s politics, culture, and people!

    8. DeeAnnWednesday, January 19th, 2011 — 6:58pm PST

      My favourite film is Amelia! Love it so much.

    9. Teresa KWednesday, January 19th, 2011 — 7:10pm PST

      Any French movie.

    10. TracyThursday, January 20th, 2011 — 1:46am PST

      Loved Amelie! It was such a cute movie!

    11. MarieThursday, January 20th, 2011 — 8:04am PST

      I really loved Niki Caro’s film, Whale Rider. It was so moving!

    12. DaveThursday, January 20th, 2011 — 8:43am PST

      I liked Borat. Just kidding. Actually I loved a Danish film called The Boss of It All. It was roll on the floor funny.

    13. Kimberly JordaanThursday, January 20th, 2011 — 9:14am PST

      My favourite foreign film (and South African too!) is Fiela Se Kind

    14. VanessaThursday, January 20th, 2011 — 9:46am PST

      Once (Irish)

    15. Ian C.Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 — 6:26pm PST

      De Grønne Slagtere

      Translated: The Green Butchers (Danish)

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