Academy Award nominees Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky, Blue Jasmine) and Ethan Hawke (Boyhood, Training Day) star in the true story of Maud Lewis, one of Canada’s premier folk artists.

The Victoria Film Festival is back for its 23rd year of bringing our city diverse independent films from all over the globe, with a focus on celebrating Canadian media artists. Experiencing culture is important to our community, and the Victoria Film Festival (VFF) invites us to a ten-day focus on the media arts for the purpose of memorializing the film of this particular time in history.

Experiencing culture is important to our community and the Victoria Film Festival (VFF) invites us to a ten-day focus on the media arts for the purpose of memorializing the film of this particular time in history.

“Tanović mixes light and dark, earnest debate and soap opera very cleverly … Death in Sarajevo has the energy and entertainment value of a Hollywood drama.” – The Playlist. That said, Sarajevo is an interesting political tale that takes a satirical approach to a very serious subject.

What’s Happening

The VFF Schedule kicks off February 3rd with the Opening Gala Event, a massive party to celebrate the opening of the festival with the twenty piece Vic High School Band, beer from Spinnakers and a toast to the dream of going to Paris with the animated film “Window Horses.”  The films begin at Silvercity Tillicum with a 6:15 pm showing of “Burn Your Maps,” the quirky and moving adventure of eccentric 8-year-old Wes, who believes that he is, in fact, a Mongolian goat herder.  There are ten films opening night in six of the VFF’s seven great locations in Victoria, and that’s just the first night!

To get the full VFF experience, check out the Amplify Events including Virtual Reality, talks, family happenings, play opportunities, parties & free events all to celebrate the magic of film.

Vouchers & Tickets

The only thing that can hold you back from experiencing your favourites out of the festival’s 124 films is, space is limited.  To be sure admittance to a particular film, purchasing tickets in advance is recommended as some show are already sold out!  Vouchers can not be redeemed at the door.  Use your voucher code to purchase tickets online or at the Victoria Film Festival office from 10am to 4pm. Tickets and passes can be purchased online.

The impressive directorial debut of Jordan Roberts, co-writer of Big Hero 6, is the quirky and moving adventure of eccentric 8-year-old Wes, who believes that he is, in fact, a Mongolian goat herder.

Families with Kids!

A selection of the best from the New York Children’s International Film Festival geared at kids age 3-7.  Don’t forget to wear your pajamas and bring your bowl & spoon for the cereal!

  • Film: Jammies & Toons: Kidflix
  • Date: Sunday, February 12th, 2017
  • Time: 11 am
  • Location: Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas St
  • Tickets: $7

The Film Festival runs from February 3rd – February 12th. The full schedule is available online.

People enjoying the Gala in previous years

Contest

Enter to win 2 ALL-INCLUSIVE GALA TICKETS by following the steps below.

This prize includes seeing the film Window Horses at the Odeon & the Gala party at the Atrium.  The Gala is all inclusive with wine & spirits from DeVine Wine, Beer & Cider from Spinnakers, and food from Fat Daddy’s Catering.  The theme is Springtime in Victoria with larger than life flowers, an enchanted forest, butterflies everywhere and much more.  This prize is valued at over $160!!

  1. Like The Victoria Film Festival on Facebook and let us know in the comment below. (1 entry)
  2. For an extra entry, comment below: What was the first film you ever saw? (1 entry)
  3. Tweet the following and let us know in the comment below when you have. (1 entry)

Enter to win 2 ALL-INCLUSIVE TICKETS to this year’s @VicFilmFestival gala via @victoriabuzzes at http://bit.ly/VFF2017 #VFF2017

 

Contest closes on February 1st, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Be sure to follow The Victoria Film Festival for updated information and news on festival happenings via their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and website.

How to be a part of the festival:

  1. Become a VFF Member
  2. Donate to the Festival
  3. Partner with the Festival
  4. Be a Volunteer
  5. Friends of The Vic Membership

 

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