While it’s always festival season in Vancouver, we have a few upcoming spectacular film festivals to close out the summer. Currently underway is the 29th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Having begun on August 10th and running until August 20th, it’s not only the second-largest film festival in Vancouver but the largest LGBTQ-focused art event in Western Canada. With a wide variety of feature, short and documentary films to showcase, the event also includes dances, workshops, and more. For tickets and scheduling information, visit their website at: http://queerfilmfestival.ca/
♦ Running from August 24th-September 3rd is the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, in its 15th year with screenings across several local venues including the Vancity Theatre and Cinematheque. This year’s guest country will be Cuba, and the festival will feature 38 short films and 31 feature-length films. If you’d like to read up on the featured films and purchase tickets, check out the festival website at http://vlaff.org/
♦ Pumpkin spice lattes aren’t the only excitement brought by September. Beginning on September 28th and running until October 13th, the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival couldn’t wait to announce their Opening Gala events: a screening of Mina Shum’s film, Meditation Park. They also announced which Canadian feature films would be screening in their True North and Future//Present segments. In light of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the topic of Canadian identity and the many perspectives within lays at the heart of what the festival has yet to bring. To find out more about VIFF 2017, visit their website: https://www.viff.org/Online/
♦ Congratulations to the Teen Choice Award-winners! Several Vancouver productions brought home the bacon after the ceremony on August 13th, with awards ranging from achievements in acting to fan-favourite moments. Riverdale, won most of its many nominations with overall Choice Drama TV Show and Choice Breakout TV Show; Lili Reinhart (Betty Cooper) for Choice Breakout TV Star ; Cole Sprouse (Jughead Jones) for Choice Drama TV Actor ; Camila Mendes (Veronica Lodge) for Choice Scene Stealer ; Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom) for Choice Scene Stealer, and of course, #BUGHEAD for Choice TV Ship. Meanwhile, Arrow won for Choice Action TV Show and series lead Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/The Flash) in turn won for Choice Action TV Actor. Also winning Choice Action TV Star was Supergirl‘s Melissa Benoist (Supergirl). All three winning shows had their Vancouver casting done by Cossey/Ogilvy Casting. Several other local productions were also nominated, including Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, The 100 and iZombie.
♦ We’re lucky the smoke has cleared, as several productions are gearing up to get down to business here in Vancouver. Some upcoming productions to keep your eye out for include the “Snowpiercer” tv pilot (Vancouver casting by Jackie Lind), spooky mermaid series “Siren” and raunchy comedy “Eggplant Emoji” (Vancouver casting by Tiffany Mak), and a lot of holly-jolly Christmas MOWs. You never know where a set will pop up next!
With a city and industry as lively as ours, keep checking in for more updates on what’s new and hot on Canada’s West coast.
Compiled and submitted by Meagan Hotz