VIFF 2018 Galas: Win Tickets to the Closing Gala

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The Vancouver International Film Festival (“VIFF”) takes over the city September 27 to October 12, 2018 and they have recently announced the exciting lineup for the opening, closing and BC Spotlight gala films.

VIFF 2018 Galas


Opening Gala: The festival will kick off on Thursday, September 27, 2018 with Kim Nguyen’s The Hummingbird Project, staring Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgard.

Having previously transported us to the heart of a war zone with the Oscar-nominated Rebelle, Kim Nguyen now immerses us in even more hostile territory: the world of high-frequency stock trading.

Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård play Vincent and Anton Zalesky,respectively, working-class cousins who are intent on creating a 1,000-mile-long fibre-optic cable that’ll allow them to shave a millisecond (or “one flap of a hummingbird’s wing”) off of New York Stock Exchange transactions. This seemingly slight competitive advantage could easily result in millions in additional profits. While Anton is undoubtedly the brains of the operation, Vincent is the mouth, making rash promises and enemies with equal frequency. The gob-smacking scale of their project ensures that it’s beset by myriad challenges. But the geographic obstacles impeding their progress can’t hold a candle to the wrath of their outraged former boss (Salma Hayek, having a field day as a villainess) who’s made their personal and professional ruin her top priority.

BC Spotlight Gala: The world premiere of Robin Hays’ Anthem of a Teenage Prophet, an adaptation of Joanne Proulx’s award-winning novel, will screen year’s BC Spotlight Gala on Saturday, October 6, 2018.

“The Prophet of Death” isn’t a nickname that any teenager looks to be saddled with. But such is the unfortunate lot of Luke (Shameless’ Cameron Monaghan) who’s not only just lost his best friend but also predicted the tragedy while high as a kite. Promptly falling for his dead friend’s girl Faith (rising star Peyton List) despite his best intentions, he likewise spirals into more macabre premonitions, including the demise of his lifelong friend, Fang (Grayson Gabriel). Dead set on turning the tide of fate, Luke starts to suspect that his visions may not be a curse at all.

VIFF Closing Gala The Front Runner

Closing Gala: Jason Reitman’s The Front Runner starring Hugh Jackman, will close the festival on Friday, October 12, 2018.

In 1988, Senator Gary Hart was the odds on favourite for the Democratic presidential nomination. In the space of three fateful weeks, his political career imploded thanks to monkey business and muckraking.

As the film opens, Hart’s (Hugh Jackman) campaign has amassed considerable momentum thanks to him possessing “the hair” (the cameras practically swoon) and a progressive platform. The only thing holding him back would seem to be his reluctance to play the P.R. game or delve into his personal life. Murmurs of strained relations with his wife, Lee (Vera Famiga), serve as kindling for subsequent raging rumours about an extramarital affair (with Sarah Paxton) that began on a pleasure craft all too fittingly christened Monkey Business.

Win Tickets to the Closing Gala

I have a pair of tickets to give away to the Closing Gala screening and party! Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Click below to get another entry by posting on Twitter:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 12:00pm.

VIFF 2018 runs September 27 to October 12, 2018. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information about the festival, its events, special guests, and films.

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Update The winner is Liesa!

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65 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Rebecca fMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 1:36pm PDT

    Yes please

  2. CarolynMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 1:45pm PDT


  3. RachelMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 1:47pm PDT

    Would love to see this movie!

  4. DebbieMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 1:48pm PDT

    This sounds AMAZING! I’d love to win tickets to it!

  5. KateMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 1:55pm PDT

    love Hugh Jackman!! ? Looks like a great movie!

  6. ElizabethMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 2:06pm PDT

    I would love to attend the Closing Gala!

  7. BerniceMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 2:26pm PDT

    Yes please!!! ?

  8. Alex KingstonMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 2:45pm PDT

    What an awesome experience !

  9. Alex KingstonMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 2:46pm PDT

    What an awesome experience !

  10. JaclynMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 3:24pm PDT

    This would be a great ?

  11. LiamMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 3:26pm PDT

    Would love to check this out. Always been a fan of Hugh. Gotta represent this Aussie!

  12. VivianMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 3:34pm PDT

    Hope to win!

  13. SarahMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 3:59pm PDT

    This would be amazing!

  14. HeidiMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 4:05pm PDT

    This would be a wonderful event to attend!

  15. Courtenay OyhenartMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 4:08pm PDT

    Yes please! Would love to win!

  16. GannerMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 4:18pm PDT

    Never been to the Closing Gala and would love to go.

  17. JessicaMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 4:19pm PDT

    Excited about this year’s festival!

  18. Sherry FraserMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 4:49pm PDT

    It would be awesome to go to one of these events! Hope you pick me!

  19. Megan LowMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 4:50pm PDT

    VIFF is the best time of year! Would be awesome to see the closing gala!

  20. ShawnMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 5:18pm PDT

    so much fun

  21. MaddyMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 6:46pm PDT

    Please pick me so I can take my friend Maggie who has had a very tough year as her father has throat cancer and my mom has breast cancer. We could both use a fun night out. Thanks for considering our entry. We delight in getting dressed up for such a wonderful occasion. I hope we win!!

  22. ClaireMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 8:06pm PDT

    Viff is such a great festival. Never been to a closing gala though.

  23. TracyMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 8:38pm PDT

    Would love to go!

  24. Kim ReesMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 9:50pm PDT

    Hugh ❤️

  25. EileenMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 9:53pm PDT

    I’d love to attend.

  26. NicoleMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 10:00pm PDT

    Wow! Would love to see this movie and go to the gala!!

  27. Cheuk LauMonday, September 17th, 2018 — 10:26pm PDT

    Love VIFF

  28. cyrilTuesday, September 18th, 2018 — 8:30am PDT


  29. Emmy KatsisTuesday, September 18th, 2018 — 10:00am PDT

    This would be a fun experience! Thanks for the chance!

  30. Theresa PunTuesday, September 18th, 2018 — 4:14pm PDT

    This would be a great event to attend!

  31. CaraTuesday, September 18th, 2018 — 7:59pm PDT

    Looking forward to seeing this film!

  32. M HTuesday, September 18th, 2018 — 9:07pm PDT

    Hugh is the man!

  33. colleen tsoukalasWednesday, September 19th, 2018 — 6:12am PDT

    Would love to see the closing film and attend the event closing. FIFF 2018 fantastic.

  34. Grace GWednesday, September 19th, 2018 — 6:16am PDT

    Yes please!

  35. Brittany ChahalWednesday, September 19th, 2018 — 10:46am PDT

    This would be amazing!

  36. LindaWednesday, September 19th, 2018 — 2:43pm PDT

    I would love to watch The Front Runner.

  37. LisaThursday, September 20th, 2018 — 10:26am PDT

    I love VIFF! Good luck to all!

  38. Melanie EThursday, September 20th, 2018 — 4:53pm PDT

    Great giveaway, Miss 604!

  39. HershThursday, September 20th, 2018 — 8:24pm PDT

    Looks good.

  40. Susan J.Thursday, September 20th, 2018 — 8:55pm PDT

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  41. LiesaThursday, September 20th, 2018 — 9:04pm PDT

    I used to always volunteer for the VIFF galas….would be great to attend as a guest for a change. Thank you.

  42. AmandaThursday, September 20th, 2018 — 9:04pm PDT

    Would love to see the movie and attend the gala with my husband! ?

  43. Karen MillerThursday, September 20th, 2018 — 9:33pm PDT

    I love galas! I’ve got the dress snd shoes. All set to go!

  44. Sharon McInnesThursday, September 20th, 2018 — 9:35pm PDT

    I love VIFF,

  45. AnitaThursday, September 20th, 2018 — 10:32pm PDT

    I love VIFF, try to go every year to as many as I can

  46. DeeFriday, September 21st, 2018 — 3:23am PDT

    Love Viff, love Hugh

  47. IrinaFriday, September 21st, 2018 — 9:28am PDT

    It will be great to go to the Closing Gala. I am a big fan of VIFF 🙂

  48. LynFriday, September 21st, 2018 — 10:46am PDT

    Wonderful to see Gary HArt at closing ceremony!

  49. MikeFriday, September 21st, 2018 — 10:47am PDT

    Yes – I want to attend.

  50. KaterinaFriday, September 21st, 2018 — 11:14am PDT

    Oh My God, Yes pleeeeease!

  51. Joanne LeungFriday, September 21st, 2018 — 11:54am PDT

    VIFF galas are so fun! Would love to attend this one!

  52. Janis FFriday, September 21st, 2018 — 3:50pm PDT

    I would love to win this prize because I’m a big movie fan

  53. IzFriday, September 21st, 2018 — 4:16pm PDT

    Twitted with @drama_otaku

  54. GurleenSaturday, September 22nd, 2018 — 10:19pm PDT

    VIFF will forever be a fav! cant wait to watch all the movies

  55. GurleenSaturday, September 22nd, 2018 — 10:19pm PDT

    VIFF will forever be a fav! cant wait to watch all the movies!

  56. GurleenSaturday, September 22nd, 2018 — 10:20pm PDT

    Cant wait for all the movies at VIFF!

  57. Teresa KSaturday, September 22nd, 2018 — 10:45pm PDT

    Would love to win!

  58. Ana SantosSunday, September 23rd, 2018 — 11:29am PDT

    This would be great!!

  59. TalSunday, September 23rd, 2018 — 11:32am PDT

    I’d love to go!

  60. AngelaSunday, September 23rd, 2018 — 11:35am PDT

    This looks fantastic! It would be amazing to win!!!

  61. TrevorSunday, September 23rd, 2018 — 11:58am PDT

    I’d love to attend! Always so many great things to see at VIFF!

  62. Shelley ButcherTuesday, September 25th, 2018 — 2:28am PDT

    Love VIFF and would love to attend!

  63. Jason BTuesday, September 25th, 2018 — 1:40pm PDT


  64. Jason BTuesday, September 25th, 2018 — 1:42pm PDT


  65. StaceyFriday, September 28th, 2018 — 8:31am PDT

    Would love to go to this!

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