VIFF 2014: That’s a Wrap

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The Vancouver International Film Festival (“VIFF”) wrapped up a record-setting year on October 10th. The 33rd annual event saw a 10% increase over 2013 at the box office, which was the previous benchmark year. Over the course of the festival’s 16 days, VIFF presented 549 public screenings of 349 films from more than 70 countries, and gated attendance for VIFF and the VIFF Industry conference exceeded 144,000.


Miss604 was proud to present the Vancouver premiere of Preggoland, which won the award for “VIFF Most Popular Canadian Feature Film”. Here are a few more numbers and award results from VIFF this year:

Adjudicated Awards

Best Canadian Film
($8,000 cash prize sponsored by the Directors Guild of Canada)
Violent (dir. Andrew Huculiak, British Columbia)

Best BC Film
($10,000 development bursary sponsored by the Harold Greenberg Fund plus a $15,000 post-production services credit supplied by Encore Vancouver)
Violent (dir. Andrew Huculiak)
Honourable Mention: Everything Will Be (dir. Julia Kwan)

BC Emerging Filmmaker Award
($7,500 cash prize sponsored by the Union of BC Performers/ACTRA and ACTRA Fraternal Benefits Society plus a $10,000 equipment credit supplied by William F. White)
Sitting on the Edge of Marlene (dir. Ana Valine)

VIFF Impact Award
($5,000 cash prize sponsored by Agentic Digital Media plus $5,000 in marketing and strategic in-kind services supplied by Agentic and Story Money Impact)
Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (dir. Grant Baldwin, British Columbia)

Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film
($2,000 cash prize sponsored by an anonymous donor)
The Cut (dir. Geneviève Dulude-Decelles)

Best New Director (international) – ex aequo
Miss and the Doctors (dir. Axelle Ropert, France)
Rekorder (dir. Mikhael Red, Philippines)
Honourable Mention: Asteroid (dir. Marcelo Tobar, Mexico)

Audience Awards

Of the 219 feature films, 117 were rated 4 to 5 (very good to excellent) and 92 were rated 3 to 4 (good to very good). Ballots were cast by attendees following each screening.

International Winners
Rogers People’s Choice Award
The Vancouver Asahi (dir. Ishii Yuya, Japan)

VIFF Most Popular International Documentary Award
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me (dir. James Keach, USA)

Canadian Winners
VIFF Most Popular Canadian Feature Film Award
Preggoland (dir. Jacob Tierney, British Columbia)

VIFF Most Popular Canadian Documentary Award
All the Time in the World (dir. Suzanne Crocker, Yukon)

Runners-up: Marinoni (dir. Tony Girardin, Quebec) and Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (dir. Grant Baldwin, British Columbia)

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