VIFF Fact Sheet 2012

 

VIFF 2012

Event: 31st Vancouver International Film Festival (inaugural year was 1982)

Dates: September 27 – October 12, 2012

Slogan: Same Planet. Different Worlds.

 

VIFF 2011 Facts & Figures

  • 375+ films (235+ of which are feature-length)
  • 75 countries
  • more than 600 screenings
  • 80 Canadian films:
    • 33 features (17 dramatic features, 16 nonfiction features), one mid-length, 40 shorts
    • Selected from 700 submissions
  • 93 nonfiction films (87 are feature-length)
  • 147,956 admissions in 2010
  • 700 volunteers
  • 10 screens at five theatres:
    • Empire Granville 7 Cinemas
    • Visa Screening Room at the Vogue Theatre
    • Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre
    • Pacific Cinémathèque
    • Park Theatre
  • 600 accredited industry guests in 2010
  • 1,200 Film & Television Forum delegates

2011 Gala Films

Opening Gala, September 29: THE SKIN I LIVE IN — Pedro Almódovar, Dir (Spain)

Canadian Images Gala, September 30: TAKE THIS WALTZ  ―  Sarah Polley, Dir (Canada)

Dragons & Tigers Awards Gala, October 6:  MITSUKO DELIVERS — Ishii Yuya, Dir (Japan)

Anniversary Gala, October 8: STARBUCK — Ken Scott, Dir (Canada)

Closing Gala, October 14:  THE KID WITH A BIKE ― Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Dir (Belgium)

2011 Programming Strands

  • Galas and Special Presentations
  • Heaven and Earth
  • Dragons and Tigers: The Cinemas of East Asia
  • Canadian Images
  • Cinema of Our Time
  • Spotlight on France
  • Nonfiction Features of 2011
  • Nonfiction Features: Arts and Letters

2011 Premieres

  • 19 World Premieres
  • 30 International
  • 49 North American Premieres
  • 41 Canadian Premieres

Awards

Adjudicated Awards

  • Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema, presented by Brad Birarda & Robert Sali ($10,000 prize)
  • Shaw Media Award for Best Canadian Feature Film ($20,000 prize)
  • Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film Award ($2,000 prize)

Audience Awards

  • Rogers People’s Choice Award
  • VIFF Most Popular Canadian Film Award
  • VIFF Most Popular Documentary Film Award
  • NFB Most Popular Canadian Documentary Award ($2500 in technical services)
  • VIFF Environmental Film Award

Mandate: 

A)   to encourage understanding of the world’s cultures through the art of cinema, to foster the art of cinema, to facilitate the meeting in British Columbia of cinema professionals from around the world, and to stimulate the motion picture industry in British Columbia.

B)   to operate an annual Vancouver International Film Festival, a festive public celebration bringing to British Columbia the best in contemporary Canadian and international cinema and retrospective programs.

C)   to operate the Vancouver International Film Centre, providing the public and film community with an excellent facility for the appreciation of cinema and related art forms throughout the year. 


Film lengths: Features = over 60 minutes long; mid-lengths = between 20 and 60 minutes; shorts = under 20 minutes

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