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VIFF 2011 Overview & Galas

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 — 4:24pm PDT
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The Vancouver International Film Festival (“VIFF”) is coming up September 29th to October 14th, 2011 and is once again a proud sponsor.

Festival series include Arts & Letters, Canadian Images, Cinema of Our Time, Dragons & Tigers, Heaven & Earth, Nonfiction Features, and a Spotlight on France along with Films for Youth and a High School Program.

This year, VIFF is presenting more than 360 films and as always, has a spotlight on homegrown content. The Canadian Images line-up alone has over 80 films, 24 of which are BC productions. I also have the pleasure of sponsoring the world premiere of Everything and Everyone directed by Tracy D. Smith.

While I have yet to sit down with Marina Antunes from the Row Three to do a film preview (as we have done for the last few years) I’m going to jump right ahead to the gala information. The glitz and glamour of the silver screen will gather on red carpets across Vancouver as VIFF celebrates international cinema with five galas this year.

Opening Gala

Film: The Skin I Live In (La piel que habito)
Country: Spain
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
When: Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 6:30pm
Where: Vogue Theatre on Granville St
Buy Tickets / View Trailer

Canadian Images Gala

Film: Take This Waltz
Director: Sarah Polley
When: Friday, September 30, 2011 at 6:30pm
Where: Vogue Theatre on Granville St
Buy Tickets / View Trailer

Dragons & Tigers Awards Gala

Film: Mitsuko Delivers (Hara-ga Kore Nande)
Country: Japan
Director: Ishii Yuya
When: Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 6:45pm
Where: Vogue Theatre on Granville St
Buy Tickets

Anniversary Gala

Film: Starbuck
Country: Canada
Director: Ken Scott
When: Friday, October 7, 2011 at 6:30pm
Where: Vancity Theatre on Seymour
Buy Tickets / View Trailer

Closing Gala

Film: The Kid with a Bike (Le gamin au velo)
Country: Belgium/Italy/France
Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
When: Friday, October 14, 2011 at 7:00pm
Where: Vogue Theatre on Granville St
Buy Tickets / View Trailer

When you purchase your gala ticket you will receive information about any parties that follow. These are fantastic opportunities to get dressed up for a night of international and local film celebration in Vancouver.

Since I won’t be in town, I’d like to give up my two sponsor tickets to the opening gala film and party to a lucky reader and their guest.

VIFF 2010 Opening Night Gala
Last year’s VIFF opening night gala at the Rocky Mountaineer station. Photos by John Bollwitt for Miss604.

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VIFF 2010 Opening Night Gala

The winner will receive two tickets to the screening of The Skin I Live In (La piel que habito) at The Vogue Theatre and two tickets to the red carpet opening gala party that will follow at a fabulous location. The value is $175 each (total $350). Here’s how you can enter to win:

I entered to win @VIFFest opening gala (screening & party) tickets from @Miss604

I will draw one winner at 10:00am next Monday, September 26, 2011. Must be 19 years of age to enter and win. Please enjoy all VIFF events and galas responsibly and plan a safe ride home.

Follow the Vancouver International Film Festival on Twitter and Facebook.

Update The winner is Laura (@ywozb)!

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  1. kelsey says:


  2. Linda says:

    my favorite canadian film is “Prom Night” back in 2008 🙂


  3. Sammi says:

    My favourite canadian film of all time?
    Probably “The life and hard times of Guy Terrifico”.
    Can’t even count how many times I’ve watched it… one of the funniest movies ever.

  4. Julia Sousa says:

    The Decline of the American Empire and Las invasiones bárbaras. I watched a while ago, but still the most remarkable Canadian movie I’ve watched.

  5. Jaime says:

    Jean-Marc Vallée’s C.R.A.Z.Y.

  6. maria says:

    One Week with Joshua Jackson

  7. Sean says:

    Cube 2: Hypercube, for sure.

  8. Arpy says:

    Best for growing up had to be: La guerre des tuques

  9. Alex Kingston says:

    Starbuck ,,, I have heard it is very funny

  10. John Mah says:

    Away from her

  11. Kim says:

    My favourite Canadian film is definitely One Week! I love the message in it! We would all do well to make the most of each day we are given!

  12. Roanne says:

    I’m looking forward to watching Take This Waltz.

  13. Don McQueen says:

    Mon Oncle Antoine

  14. Margaret says:

    Hard Core Logo is pretty sweet

  15. gt joe says:

    Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

  16. Heidi says:

    The Red Violin

  17. belinda says:

    Nuit #1

  18. Janette says:

    take this waltz should be great

  19. Kathy says:

    Incendies – amazing film and cast.

  20. Jane says:

    Hamletttt..!! 😀

  21. Nat says:

    Fubar. A guilty pleasure since it was filmed in my home town…

  22. Jeff says:

    Favourite film would probably be Prom Night

  23. Amy says:

    It was the Sandra Oh film, Last Night, before Hollywood took her away.

  24. Liz says:

    Loved The Barbarian Invasions by the great Denys Arcand.

  25. Dianne Chow says:

    My favorite Canadian film would be I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing. Very eclectic film.

  26. Taigi says:

    Planet Yoga seems interesting.

  27. Sue says:

    VIDEODROME!!!! James Woods & Debbie Harry

  28. Olivia says:

    Heaven on Earth – really interesting film.

  29. Mary says:

    I love Mambo Italiano! One of my favorite movies!

  30. Melissa Baker says:

    Hamlet! 🙂

  31. Charlene says:

    Looking forward to Desert Riders.

  32. Patricia says:

    My favorite Canadian film is Last Night with Sandra Oh and Sara Polly. It’s an old one but if you can find it, it is def worth a watch.

  33. Jen says:

    One Week is a great Canadian film 🙂

  34. leigh says:

    Take this waltz!!! Can’t wait for it – have watched the trailers. Listened to Sarah on CBC talking about making the film. Chatted on Facebook with friends that saw it in Toronto and friends that live in Europe that can’t wait to see it as well. Away from Her was an incredible first effort for Polley and i’m sure she won’t disappoint with this next venture! Can’t wait for the festival!!

  35. Mimi says:

    The last Canadian film I saw (and quite enjoyed) was One Week.

  36. Ivy says:

    Definitely Bollywood/Hollywood oh and an equal tie is Water.

  37. Laura says:

    I have 2 favorite Canadian films. The first is The Big Snit, and just in case that one isn’t long enough to be called a film my other choice (which I love just as much) is Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould.

  38. Jason Schmidt says:

    Our favourite movie is Canadian Bacon – of course.

  39. Dana says:

    Fave Cdn film is The Ice Storm.

  40. Tiffany says:

    Barney’s Version @tiffanymchiu

  41. Gudrun says:

    Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz.

  42. Slava says:

    Most recently, I enjoyed Barney’s Version.

  43. Veronica R says:

    One week, really good!!

  44. ann says:

    The Ice Storm!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. Brenda says:

    Incendies- hands down!

  46. Tracy says:

    i’d like to see Everything and Everyone

  47. Nancy says:

    Barney’s Version

  48. Andrea says:

    away from her

  49. Dilara says:

    My all time favorite Canadian movie is Away From Her.

  50. Kelly says:


  51. Shyam says:

    My favorite Canadian film of all-time is “Fugitive Pieces”, which is based on Canadian novelist Anne Michael’s bestselling book, and was directed by Toronto born Jeremy Podeswa. The film is really awesome, and stars Nina Dobrev (who lives in Toronto) and has acted in the TV series “Degrassi: The Next Generation”, and currently stars in the TV series “The Vampire Diaries”.

  52. Vanessa says:

    Take This Waltz

  53. Rachel says:

    Fathers and Sons by Carl Bessai

  54. CynnamonS says:

    Away From Her.
    I can’t wait to see Take This Waltz (already bought my ticket for that one!).

  55. Arwen Hunter says:

    Def The Red Violin

  56. Julia says:

    My favorite Canadian film has to be Double Happiness 🙂

  57. Jarrah says:


  58. Alissa says:

    One of my fave Canadian films is 65_Redroses 🙂

  59. Dannielle says:

    My favorite Canadian film is Crash but the classic winner has to be Decline of the American Empire- and I love Canadian films, we create amazing stories. This year I have a goal of seeing 100 films by 100 directors and so far I am at #61. Cannot wait for the film festival to rev that number up!!!

    PS. love your tweets-

  60. Loraine says:

    Favorite Canadian film is actually in French language. “The Barbarian Invasion”. Truly amazing!

  61. Chris Kasza says:

    Lynne Stopkewich’s Kissed with Molly Parker

  62. Erin says:

    Young People F**king is one of the funniest films I’ve ever seen, let alone a great Canadian film.

  63. Judy says:

    Barney’s Version

  64. Brian Paterson says:

    Last Night- you just can’t be Don McKellar!

  65. Jeremy says:

    The Red Violin my favorite Canadian film! would love to attend the gala opening of VIFF!!

  66. tania says:

    red violin, what a great night out!

  67. Take this Waltz! is just too funny not to “like”!

  68. Katie says:

    One week… Great film

  69. Melanie says:

    C.R.A.Z.Y. is my all time favorite Canadian Film. It’s a must see!

  70. Vivian says:

    Favourite Canadian movie- Anne of Green Gables! Plus my BF is a huge Pedro Almodóvar fan and I would love to take him to the gala!

  71. Christine says:

    Away From Her – I’ve been a fan of Sarah Polley since her Road to Avonlea days!

  72. Sabrina says:

    My favorite Canadian movie of ALLLLL time is a french-canadian film called ‘L’Audition’.
    It literally changed my life!!

  73. Sabrina says:

    ‘Starbuck’ -Amazing Quebec film!

  74. Stv says:

    Hard Core Logo is likely my all-time favourite canadian film.

  75. Angela says:

    I love the movie ‘Exotica’!

  76. BKS says:

    Deepa Mehta’s Water!!

  77. Heather says:

    Men with Brooms is a classic Canadian movie! Loves it!

  78. Veronica says:

    Mambo Italiano my favorite!!! 🙂

  79. A.J. says:

    Mitsuko Delivers looks very promising!

  80. tim says:

    men with brooms

  81. Jessica says:

    I would have to pick, “The Red Violin”.. such a great movie!

  82. Steve says:

    My top Canadian film would be Atom Egoyan ‘s The Sweet Hereafer.

  83. Alysha says:

    ONE WEEK!!!! Such an inspiring story!

  84. Kevin says:

    One Week, my favourite Canadian movie (also about Canada of course)

  85. Tracy says:

    One week!

  86. Kathy says:

    I want to watch The Front Line (South Korea)

  87. Anne says:

    Blood and Guts because my Dad was in it.

  88. Vincent says:

    prom night! haha

  89. Jessica says:

    My favourite Canadian film is Pontypool. Brilliant novel, brilliant film. Anything with zombies or zombie-like infected is my kind of thing.

  90. Stotes says:

    The movie Last Night, from the end of the world summer (Deep Impact & Armageddon also came out that summer).

  91. Cecilia says:

    Has to be The Barbarian Invasions trilogy…

  92. S J says:

    “Away From Her” 🙂

  93. Deidre says:

    The Red Violin – love it!

  94. Vince says:

    Les Amours imaginaires.

  95. Vanessa says:

    I’m most excited to see Passionflower this year.

  96. Tierney Milne says:

    Incendies:). So beautiful.

  97. Daphne says:

    My favourite Canadian film is Atom Egoyan’s Exotica.

  98. Michael says:

    FUBAR 1 and 2 .. GIVE’R

  99. sher says:

    The Bay Boy is by far the best Canadian film. I’m very anxious to see Sarah Polley’s new film though

  100. Camilla says:

    Barbarian Invasions

  101. Jo says:

    So many great Canadian movies I love.
    Loved Ginger Snaps!!

  102. Mark says:

    the red violin

  103. Lloyd says:

    Easily Pontypool, spookey and absolutely brilliant

  104. mona says:

    my favorite canadian film is The Sweet Hereafter

  105. Allyson McGrane says:

    Last Night – obviously.

  106. Laina says:

    My favourite Canadian film is Sarah Polley’s Away From Her, which makes me extremely excited to see her do comedy in Take This Waltz!

  107. Eliza says:


  108. Krista Rand says:

    Awesome idea! It’s so great to share! Fav. Canadian film at VIFF 2011 = Everything & Everyone Director Tracy D. Smith starring Ryan Robbins, Gabrielle Rose, Chad Willett, Lane Edwards, Chelah Horsdal, Sean Michael Kyer

  109. Cathy Greenway says:

    The Red Violin!! A must see for everyone.

  110. rick g says:

    the red violin

  111. Ian says:

    Away from her

  112. Grace M says:


  113. Bons says:


  114. Janet says:

    Favourite sad: The Sweet Hereafter. Favourite funny: Fubar

  115. Bernadette says:

    VIDEODROME!!!! Definitely, best Canadian movie of all time. For anyone who’s never seen or heard of this movie, definitely worth checking out!

  116. Anna Grabowski says:

    Water by Deepa Mehta was beautiful!

  117. VIFF…. always a great treat!! loved to go this year!

    the red violin

  118. Gladys says:

    My favourite Canadian movie of all time is Cube, a very interesting sci-fi thriller.

  119. Cathy says:

    “One Week” staring Vancouver’s own Joshua Jackson is truly amazing. Not only well acted on his part, but it also shows the beauty of Canada, as well as having a touching story.

  120. Bonnie says:

    An oldie but goodie. My favourite Canadian movie is My American Cousin.

  121. Lyn says:

    My favourite Canadian film:
    My American Cousin.

  122. wendy says:

    The Balcony Affair –

  123. Bonnie R says:

    The Red Violin — beautiful!

  124. Ellen says:

    Last Night

  125. Deyanira C says:

    One Week with Joshua Jackson

  126. Rowen says:

    My favourite Canadian film would probably be eXistenZ (maybe tied with The Wrong Guy) and the film I’m looking forward to at the festival is Take This Waltz.

  127. Jodi says:

    Away From Her

  128. Don Elliott says:

    “eXistenZ ” is my favourite Canadian film.

  129. Katie says:

    The End of Silence

  130. Vince says:

    The Sweet Hereafter

  131. Christine says:

    My American Cousin

  132. Loris says:

    Men with Brooms 🙂

  133. Pavel says:

    Thank you

  134. Antonia says:

    My favourite Canadian movie is Hard Core Logo!

  135. luc says:

    Cube it is!

  136. Ruby says:


  137. ed pearce says:

    My ABSOLUTE favorate canadian film is “FLY AWAY HOME” about the father and daughter that help an orphaned flock of Canada Geese learn the ways of migration when the Mama Goose dies tragically.

  138. Anna says:

    The red violin 🙂

  139. Marissa says:

    Bon Cop, Bad Cop is great. hockey and french/english language humour all in one film. Fabulously funny film.

  140. Sanja says:

    Got to see Incendies last year at VIFF – definitely my favourite Canadian movie by far!

  141. Katherine says:

    I’m really looking forward to seeing “Everything and Everyone” 🙂

  142. David Bell says:

    Favourite Canadian film is “Cube” – way ahead of its time and much like a feature length episode of The Twilight Zone.

  143. Devon says:

    Les invasions barbares. Amazing film by an amazing director!

  144. Deirdre Rowland says:

    The Snow Walker – directed by Charlie Martin Smith. Starring Barry Pepper in a smoking cool role! The Vancouver crew braved the cold. Many from that crew have directed, produced and starred in many more films featured at Vancouver International Film Festival.

  145. Emma says:

    Fave Canadian film is Hard Core Logo.

  146. Greg Shackelton says:

    I wanna go to VIFF

  147. Molly says:

    HARD CORE LOGO! Dir. Bruce Macdonald. A Canadian Classic!

  148. Brent Bowker says:

    40 Days at Base Camp

  149. I’m really looking forward to Starbuck!

  150. AC07-NW says:

    The Little White Cloud That Cried

  151. Samantha Turple says:

    Eastern Promises is my favourite Canadian movie!

  152. Michelle says:

    One Week!

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