The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) held its Closing Gala on Friday, October 12 with an awards ceremony for the festival’s most popular films and the screening of Jason Reitman’s political drama The Front Runner. VIFF opened on 27th September, with awards in Canadian categories announced mid-festival.
Edge of the Knife (Sgaawaay K'uuna), a drama set in 19th Century Haida Gwaii, has won both the Best BC Film Award and Best Canadian Film Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Blending mythical and natural drama, the film was shot in two dialects of the Haida language. There are only a few handfuls of fluent Haida speakers left.
The Vancouver International Film Festival got underway tonight with the Opening Gala, The Hummingbird Project.
There are 216 feature films and 120 shorts screening between now and 12th October.
Here’s my short reviews of three of the 61 documentaries showing at the festival:
Earlier this month, we passed the tenth anniversary of the Bear Stearns collapse and the near total melt-down of the global financial system. The financial crisis took many forms, from people lining up outside banks desperate to get at their savings, to the dilapidation of newly built suburban homes that were foreclosed on. Inside Job (2010), a punch-packing documentary by San Francisco based Charles Ferguson, the director who previously picked through the wreckage of US Iraq policy in No End In Sight, goes straight to the top.
The Vancouver International Film Festival picked a good time to host an industry event on Virtual Reality today. With characteristic fanfare, Google just unveiled a budget VR headset and controller, Daydream View. Daydream is Google’s virtual reality platform, coming next month.
As broadcast and cable television series have proliferated we’ve seen a massive growth in the dramatic web series.
One of the panels at VIFF Industry on Friday focused on two very different web series in terms of style and content: Carmilla is a contemporary vlog style adaptation of a 19th century Gothic vampire novella about a young woman preyed upon by a lesbian vampire.
It’s both an exciting and scary time for content creators, no more so than in the field of the television series. In 2015, there are 400 original scripted series on television. How do you break through the noise to secure funding, and make a success for your show?
The seismic shifts that the internet is bringing about in the entertainment and media industry continued to concentrate minds on the second day of VIFF Industry.
The themes that speakers came back to were familiar ones: the old guard is rapidly slipping away. Business models are by necessity being re-invented. New stars are rising. Audiences fragmenting and exploding. For those nimble enough, opportunities abound. For producers and media companies trying to follow the traditional path, it will only get tougher.