Vancouver Weekly Wrapup: 11/15/17

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UBCP/ACTRA Best Actress Nominee & ceremony host Rukiya Bernard (Van Helsing)

♦ The 2017 UBCP/ACTRA (Union of British Columbia Performers/Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) Awards are just around the corner. On Saturday, November 18th, awards will be presented by the Union of BC Performers in the categories of: Best Actor; Best Actress; Best Emerging Performer; Best Voice; Best Stunt. You can find a full list of nominees here. Breakdown Services is a proud Silver Sponsor of the UBCP/ACTRA Awards.

♦ After the introduction of the WIA Diversity Awards at Spark Animation 2017 this past October, Women in Animation copresident Margaret Dean announced that the nonprofit organization will be opening up a Vancouver chapter this coming January. Founded in 1995, WIA strives to support women working in the animation field by providing resources, educational opportunities, and networking avenues. With Vancouver’s recent boom of animation activity, the WIA Vancouver chapter will be a leading force in the initiative to ensure animation industry gender equality by the year 2025. For more information on the WIA, visit their website at http://www.womeninanimation.org/

♦ The weather might be getting colder but the Vancouver film industry is still hot as ever. Keep your eyes peeled this November for new productions like tv pilot Deadly Class (casting by Maureen Webb), movie of the week Unbridled Love (casting by Jackie Lind), feature film Two/One (casting by Freeman Casting), and more! For an up-to-date listing of productions currently shooting in Vancouver, check out UBCP/ACTRA’s What’s Shooting page.

♦ The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival took place this past week from November 7th-10th, getting our more adventurous locals excited for the coming winter season. The festival showcased several documentary films following the adventures of skiiers, snowmobilers, climbers, and other outdoor professionals taking on the world’s most extreme terrain and climates. The festival is already taking submissions for its 2018 season, so check out the website for more info: https://vimff.org/

♦ Local film fans looking for something to do over the long weekend were treated to the Vancouver Fan Expo (Nov 10th-12th) at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Stars of Vancouver favourites such as Grant Gustin (The Flash), Brandon Routh (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Rose McIver (iZombie) and more greeted fans alongside many other treats and activities like the annual Artist Alley and a host of panels covering topics from cosplay to celebrity QnA’s. Check out the highlights on their website: http://fanexpovancouver.com/

By Meagan Hotz

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