Vancouver International Film Festival

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Vancouver International Film Festival
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Location Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Hosted by Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society
Language International
http://www.viff.org/
Opened in 2005, the Vancouver International Film Centre is the main office of the festival and also one of its venues.

The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is an annual film festival held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for two weeks in late September and early October. The festival began in 1982 and is operated by the Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society, a provincially registered non-profit and federally registered charitable organization.

Both in terms of admissions and number of films screened (152,000 and 386 respectively in 2011) VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. The festival annually screens films from approximately 80 countries on 10 screens. The international line-up includes the pick of the world’s top film fests and many undiscovered gems.

Three main programming platforms make VIFF unique: The Festival screens the largest selection of East Asian films outside of that region, the Festival is one of the biggest showcases of Canadian film in the world and VIFF has one of the a largest nonfiction program outside of a Documentary Film Festival.

Attracting a large, attentive and enthusiastic audience of film lovers, the festival remains accessible, friendly and culturally diverse. As the critics say, VIFF is very much a festival "designed for the benefit of people who love films and people who make them."

The Festival also manages the year-round programming at the state-of-the-art Vancouver International Film Centre, Vancity Theatre and the Vancouver Film and Television Forum, a four-day conference supporting the Canadian film and television production industry.

Awards[edit]

Each year, the festival offers a number of juried and audience-voted awards. Select results from recent years:

2002[edit]

2003[edit]

2004[edit]

2005[edit]

2006[edit]

2007[edit]

  • Vancity People's Choice Award for Most Popular Canadian Film: She's a Boy I Knew directed by Gwen Haworth
  • Rogers People's Choice Award for Most Popular International Film: Persepolis directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
  • People's Choice Award for Most Popular International Nonfiction Film: Garbage Warrior directed by Oliver Hodge
  • Kyoto Planet "Climate for Change" Award: The Planet directed by Johan Söderberg, Michael Stenberg, and Linus Torell
  • Dragons and Tigers Award for Young Cinema: shared by Fujian Blue directed by Weng Shouming (Robin Weng) and Mid-Afternoon Barks directed by Zhang Yuedong
  • Citytv Western Canadian Feature Film Award: Normal directed by Carl Bessai
  • National Film Board of Canada Best Canadian Documentary Feature Award: Up the Yangtze directed by Yung Chang
  • Women In Film and Television Vancouver Artistic Merit Award: She's a Boy I Knew directed by Gwen Haworth
  • Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film: The Windfisherman directed by Anna McRoberts

2008[edit]

2009[edit]

  • Canwest Award for Best Canadian Feature Film J'ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother) directed by Xavier Dolan
  • Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film: The Last Act directed by Jan Binsse and David Tougas
  • Women in Film & Television Vancouver Artistic Merit Award: 65 Redroses directed and produced by Nimisha Mukerji and Gillian Lowry
  • Rogers People's Choice Award: Soundtrack for a Revolution directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman
  • documentary Audience Award for Most Popular Nonfiction Film: Facing Ali directed by Pete McCormack
  • VIFF Most Popular Canadian Film Award: 65 Redroses by Nimisha Mukerji & Philip Lyall
  • National Film Board's Most Popular Canadian Documentary Award: 65 Redroses by Nimisha Mukerji & Philip Lyall
  • VIFF Environmental Film Audience Award: At the Edge of the World directed by Dan Stone
  • Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema: Eighteen directed by Jang Kun-jae[2]

2010[edit]

  • ET Canada Award for Best Canadian Feature Film Incendies directed by Denis Villeneuve
  • Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film Mokhtar, Directed by Halima Quardiri
  • Rogers People’s Choice Award Waste Land (UK,Brazil), Directed by Lucy Walker
  • VIFF Most Popular Nonfiction Film Award, Kinshasa Symphony (Germany), directed by Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer
  • VIFF Most Popular Canadian Film Award, Two Indians Talking, directed by Sara McIntyre
  • NFB Most Popular Canadian Documentary Award, Leave Them Laughing, directed by John Zaritsky
  • VIFF Environmental Film Audience Award, Force Of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie (Canada), directed by Sturla Gunnarsson
  • Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema, Good Morning To The World (Japan), directed by Hirohara Satoru

2011[edit]

  • Shaw Media Award for Best Canadian Feature Film ($20,000 prize) – Nuit #1, Anne Émond (Canada)
  • Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema, presented by Brad Birarda & Robert Sali ($10,000 prize) – The Sun-Beaten Path, Sonthar Gyal (China)
  • Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film Award ($2,000 prize) – We Ate the Children Last, Andrew Cividino (Canada)
  • Rogers People’s Choice Award – A Separation, Asghar Farhadi (Iran)
  • VIFF Most Popular Nonfiction Film Award – Sing Your Song, Susanne Rostock (USA)
  • VIFF Most Popular Canadian Film Award – Starbuck, Ken Scott (Canada)
  • NFB Most Popular Canadian Documentary Award – Peace Out, Charles Wilkinson (Canada)
  • VIFF Environmental Film Audience Award – People of a Feather, Joel Heath (Canada)

2012[edit]

  • Award for Best Canadian Feature Film ($10,000 prize) – Blackbird, Jason Buxton (Canada)
  • Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema, presented by Brad Birarda ($5,000 prize) – Emperor Visits The Hell (Tang Huang You Difu), Li Luo (China)
  • Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film Award ($2,000 prize) – Float, Juan Riedinger (Canada)
  • Rogers People’s Choice Award – The Hunt, Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark)
  • VIFF Most Popular Canadian Film Award – Becoming Redwood, Jesse James Miller (Canada)
  • NFB Most Popular Canadian Documentary Award – Blood Relative, Nimisha Mukerji (Canada)
  • VIFF Most Popular International Documentary Film Award – Nuala, Patrick Farrelly and Kate O'Callaghan (Ireland)
  • VIFF Environmental Film Audience Award – Revolution, Rob Stewart (Canada)
  • VIFF Most Popular International First Feature Award – I, Anna, Barnaby Southcombe (UK)
  • Women in Film & Television Vancouver Artistic Merit Award: Liverpool directed and written by Manon Briand

2013[edit]

  • Award for Best Canadian Feature Film ($5,000 prize each) – Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Jeff Barnaby (Canada) and That Burning Feeling, Jason James (Canada)
  • Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema, presented by Brad Birarda ($5,000 prize) – Anatomy of a Paperclip, Ikeda Akira (Japan)
  • Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film Award ($2,000 prize) – Nathan, Mathieu Arsenault (Canada)
  • Rogers People’s Choice Award – Like Father, Like Son, Koreeda Hirokazu (Japan)
  • VIFF Most Popular Canadian Film Award – Down River, Ben Ratner (Canada)
  • VIFF Most Popular Canadian Documentary Award – When I Walk, Jason DaSilva (Canada)
  • VIFF Most Popular International Documentary Film Award – Desert Runners, Jennifer Steinman (USA)
  • VIFF Most Popular Canadian Environmental Documentary Award – Salmon Confidential, Twyla Roscovich (Canada)
  • VIFF Most Popular International First Feature Award – Wadjda, Haifaa al-Mansour (Germany, Saudi Arabia)
  • Women in Film & Television Vancouver Artistic Merit Award: Sarah Prefers to Run directed and written by Chloé Robichaud

2014[edit]

  • Award for Best Canadian Film ($8,000 prize) – Violent, Andrew Huculiak (Canada)
  • Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film Award - The Cut, Geneviève Dulude-Decelles (Canada)
  • Rogers People’s Choice Award – The Vancouver Asahi, Ishii Yuya (Japan)
  • VIFF Most Popular Canadian Film Award – Preggoland, Jacob Tierney (Canada)
  • VIFF Most Popular Canadian Documentary Award – All the Time in the World, Suzanne Crocker (Canada)
  • VIFF Most Popular International Documentary Film Award – Glen Cambell: I’ll Be Me, James Keach (USA)
  • VIFF BC Emerging Filmmaker Award - Sitting on the Edge of Marlene, Ana Valine (Canada)
  • VIFF Best BC Film Award - Violent, Andrew Huculiak (Canada)
  • VIFF Impact Award - Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story, Grant Baldwin (Canada)
  • VIFF Best New Director (international) - Miss and the Doctors, Axelle Ropert (France) and Rekorder, Mikhail Red (Philippines)
  • Women in Film & Television Vancouver Artistic Merit Award - Sitting on the Edge of Marlene, Ana Valine

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