Founded in 1982, the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) takes place every year, around early autumn, in venues throughout Vancouver. Considered to be one of the top five largest film festivals in North America, it focuses on films and documentaries from Canada as well as East Asia. In 2014, this festival featured over 350 movies from more than 70 countries for 16 days, September 25 to October 10.
An array of movies
VIFF screened too many movies to list, but amongst them all, there were some very few specific titles that stood out and left an impression. Movies as such as ‘The Princess of France’ (Argentina), ‘Boychoir’ (USA), and ‘Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story’ (Canada) received high ratings from the audience. Although the festival opened with ‘Wild’ (USA), this particularfilm only received 3 stars. Geoff Pevere quoted it to be “Hollywood’s most feminist movie of the year.” Out of the several hundred movies which were screened, the 5 movies that caught everyone’s attention were ‘The Vancouver Ayashi’ (Japan), ‘Advanced Style’ (USA), ‘Coming Home’ (China), ‘Una Vida’ (USA), and ‘Everything Will Be’ (Canada).
As brilliant as all the movies were, only a few of them won awards. The following are some of the movies and the categories in which they won:
- Most Popular Canadian Film: Preggoland (Jacob Tierney, Canada)
- Women in Film Award: Sitting on the Edge of Marlene (Ana Valine, Canada)
- Best Emerging BC Filmmaker: Sitting on the Edge of Marlene (Ana Valine, Canada)
- Most Popular International Documentary Film: Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me (James Keach, USA)
- Roger’s People’s Choice Award: The Vancouver Ayashi (Yuya Ishii, Japan)
- Best BC Film: Violent (Andrew Huculiak, Canada/ Norway)
- Best New Director Award: Miss and the Doctors (Axelle Ropert, France); Rekorder (Mikhail Red, Philippines)
The Red Carpet
Stars flooded the red carpet in the Vancouver International Film Festival of 2014. One of the biggest highlights of the event was the appearance of Kamenashi Kazuya and Tsumabuki Satoshi, the actors of ‘Vancouver Ayashi’. The director of the film, Yuya Ishii, also joined the actors before the screening of the movie. Other important people, as such as Jenny Rustemeyer, producer of ‘Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story’, and Fiona Forbes, host of the TV show ‘Rush’, had also graced the red carpet with their appearances.
All in all, Vancouver International Film Festival once again showed just how amazing movie events can be. Gathering stars and audience from all around the world, it’s the one festival that clearly kept its reputation of being a truly memorable event in 2014. Make sure not to miss it next year!