With VIFF kicking off on September 25th, that means it’s time to get into the cinematic groove!
Speaking with Allan Franey, VIFF’s Director of Programming, you can hear the excitement in his voice.
One of Vancouver’s staples in film and cinema events, he knows sometimes people look at the list of movies; the calendar and all its events…and they feel overwhelmed thinking about VIFF.
“It’s an awfully big film festival, there’s films from over seventy countries. Over 200 feature films; 350 in total playing at ten screens over an approximately sixteen day period.”
Franey says people are often intimidated by how many films are shown, but you don’t have to go out and see every single one. There’s also plenty of information to get you through the three-week festival, and you can even search certain kinds of movies by theme.
“One doesn’t need to see tons of films. If you’re a casual film-goer, just try to see a couple of things that you’ll enjoy. Enjoy the atmosphere. This year we’ve got a number of thematic movies this year.”
Some of those include topics involving comedy, right down to issues that affect communities.
Parts of Surrey, Delta and Abbotsford have been plagued by gang activity in the last while, and Franey says there are some movies that will address that.
“One is about gangs in [Metro] Vancouver by Deepa Metha called BeebaBoyz.”
He says those who haven’t had a chance to attend before should give it a try.
“Some people are intimidated by subtitles; there’s so many movies to choose from. But if you’re interested in something like mountain climbing or Chinese movies…but the thing is to not be intimidated by the size of it. There’s very good indexing on our website. You can search a film, whatever genre you’re interested in. And once you’re at the festival, you hear from a lot of people in the line-ups and it’s a very friendly atmosphere. And you can quickly get acclimatized – and I hope hooked!
Anyone wanting to check it out has options; tickets (single movies), and passes (unlimited entry). The last day to get a pass is Friday, September 11th. Click here to be redirected for details on how to purchase.
Below is Ria’s interview from The Reel Report with Franey in its entirety. Remember, these are just some of the movies you can watch at the festival. Click here to find out what you can watch!
And if you want to keep up with Ria’s movie blog, you can find that here.