Vancouver International Women in Film Festival 2020

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Women in Film and Television Vancouver (“WIFTV”) presents the 15th annual Vancouver International Women In Film Festival March 3-8, 2020. The festival celebrates the best of cinema created by women as well as offering film panels, seminars, special guests, artist talks, pitch sessions, a screenplay competition, receptions, and an awards gala.

Vancouver International Women in Film Festival

Vancouver International Women in Film Festival

Where: VIFF Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St, Vancouver)
When: March 3-8, 2020
Tickets: Available online now

Opening night presents Red Snow, directed by Marie Clements, the intriguing tale of a Gwich’in soldier from the Canadian Arctic who is caught in an ambush in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The Opening Night Gala features the launch of two singles from the Red Snow soundtrack, Dirt Walkers and We Are Still the People performed live by a band of Afghan and Canadian Indigenous musicians including:  Mozhdah Jamalzadah, Wayne Lavallee, Marina Hasselberg, Jon Deck and Diga.

Unceded Chiefs, directed by Doreen Manuel, will have its Canadian premiere at the festival followed by a panel discussion with the director and special guests to further explore the issues raised in the film.

Other Canadian premieres are two films set in Taiwan: Heavy Craving (Taiwan), directed byPei-ju Hsieh; and Closing Time (Switzerland), directed by: Nicole Vögele. There’s also the Canadian premiere of a film from India: Seeing (India), directed by Sumitra Bhave.

Four Canadian premiere documentaries are: Parkland Rising (USA), directed by: Cheryl Horner McDonough, who will be attending the festival; Breaking Their Silence: Women on the Frontline of the Poaching War (USA), directed by: Kerry David, who will be attending the festival; Lost Reactor (Germany), directed by Alexandra Westmeier; Away From Meaning (Mexico), directed by Olivia Luengas, a special presentation with Good Pitch.

Screening at the festival are also: A First Farewell (China), directed by Wang Lina; Murmur (Canada), directed by Heather Young; Black Conflux (Canada), directed by Nicole Dorsey; Be Natural (USA) Directed by: Pamela B. Green; Take Me Somewhere Nice (Netherlands), directed by Ena Sendijarević; Riot Girls (Canada), directed by Jovanka Vuckovic, a special presentation with WIFTV’s From Our Dark Side program.

Along with 26 international and Canadian shorts!

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away to Murmur on March 4th (Canada) directed by Heather Young: Convicted of driving while impaired, Donna is ordered to perform community service at the local animal shelter. When an elderly dog is scheduled to be euthanized, Donna decides to take the dog home and quickly realizes his companionship can ease her loneliness. In a futile attempt to fill the emptiness she feels, Donna begins to take home more and more animals and she is soon in over her head.

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Sunday, March 1, 2020. UPDATE The winner is Megan!

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7 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. MeganWednesday, February 26th, 2020 — 12:55pm PST

    Never been to VIWFF, but would love to attend! Thanks for the opportunity!

  2. RobWednesday, February 26th, 2020 — 10:33pm PST

    Looks like a stellar line up of films.

  3. Joyce WalshWednesday, February 26th, 2020 — 10:55pm PST

    I went to Wander and really enjoyed hearing the talented students.

  4. daneThursday, February 27th, 2020 — 10:33pm PST


  5. Jason BSaturday, February 29th, 2020 — 2:38am PST


  6. bonnie lamSaturday, February 29th, 2020 — 3:04am PST

    Good luck to you all. Huggies.

  7. Susan LauMonday, March 2nd, 2020 — 8:57pm PST

    LOVE TO Take home a good dog

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