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VIFF 2018 Galas: Win Tickets to the Closing Gala

Monday, September 17th, 2018 — 1:30pm PDT
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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:

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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.

Miss604 is a proud media partner of VIFF 2018.

Update The winner is Liesa!

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  1. Rebecca f says:

    Yes please

  2. Rachel says:

    Would love to see this movie!

  3. Debbie says:

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

  4. Kate says:

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

  5. Elizabeth says:

    I would love to attend the Closing Gala!

  6. Bernice says:

    Yes please!!! 🤞

  7. Alex Kingston says:

    What an awesome experience !

  8. Alex Kingston says:

    What an awesome experience !

  9. Jaclyn says:

    This would be a great 😄

  10. Liam says:

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

  11. Vivian says:

    Hope to win!

  12. Sarah says:

    This would be amazing!

  13. Heidi says:

    This would be a wonderful event to attend!

  14. Courtenay Oyhenart says:

    Yes please! Would love to win!

  15. Ganner says:

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

  16. Jessica says:

    Excited about this year’s festival!

  17. Sherry Fraser says:

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

  18. Megan Low says:

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

  19. Shawn says:

    so much fun

  20. Maddy says:

    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!!

  21. Claire says:

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

  22. Tracy says:

    Would love to go!

  23. Kim Rees says:

    Hugh ❤️

  24. Eileen says:

    I’d love to attend.

  25. Nicole says:

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

  26. Cheuk Lau says:

    Love VIFF

  27. Emmy Katsis says:

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

  28. Theresa Pun says:

    This would be a great event to attend!

  29. Cara says:

    Looking forward to seeing this film!

  30. M H says:

    Hugh is the man!

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

  32. Grace G says:

    Yes please!

  33. Brittany Chahal says:

    This would be amazing!

  34. Linda says:

    I would love to watch The Front Runner.

  35. Lisa says:

    I love VIFF! Good luck to all!

  36. Melanie E says:

    Great giveaway, Miss 604!

  37. Hersh says:

    Looks good.

  38. Susan J. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  39. Liesa says:

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

  40. Amanda says:

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

  41. Karen Miller says:

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

  42. Sharon McInnes says:

    I love VIFF,

  43. Anita says:

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

  44. Dee says:

    Love Viff, love Hugh

  45. Irina says:

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

  46. Lyn says:

    Wonderful to see Gary HArt at closing ceremony!

  47. Mike says:

    Yes – I want to attend.

  48. Katerina says:

    Oh My God, Yes pleeeeease!

  49. Joanne Leung says:

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

  50. Janis F says:

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

  51. Iz says:

    Twitted with @drama_otaku

  52. Gurleen says:

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

  53. Gurleen says:

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

  54. Gurleen says:

    Cant wait for all the movies at VIFF!

  55. Teresa K says:

    Would love to win!

  56. Ana Santos says:

    This would be great!!

  57. Tal says:

    I’d love to go!

  58. Angela says:

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

  59. Trevor says:

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

  60. Shelley Butcher says:

    Love VIFF and would love to attend!

  61. Jason B says:


  62. Stacey says:

    Would love to go to this!

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