New BC Spotlight + Awards
VIFF 2013 Announces BC Spotlight and Awards Series
Calling all BC Filmmakers!
June 18, 2013 – Vancouver BC, Canada - As one of the largest and most established film festivals in North America – 142,000 admissions at 643 screenings in 2012 – the mandate of the Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society (VIFF) is to encourage understanding of the world’s cultures through the art of cinema, foster the art of cinema and facilitate a convergence in British Columbia (BC) of creative industry professionals from around the world that will stimulate the motion picture industry in BC.
Furthering its commitment to showcase local filmmakers on our world stage and supporting the development of creative industry talent in our province, VIFF 2013 will introduce the BC Spotlight, a dedicated program of films, adjudicated competition and the BC Spotlight Industry Party. “I'm excited about this new program that allows VIFF to showcase the exceptional talent in BC and contribute to their future development. I welcome this opportunity to bring our industry together in this exciting new venture.” Terry McEvoy, VIFF Canadian Images Programmer
VIFF is thrilled to announce two new awards:
BC Emerging Filmmaker Award
$7,500 cash prize sponsored by UBCP / ACTRA and AFBS
Best BC Film
$10,000 development bursary provided by the Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund (The Fund)
“We have been extremely encouraged to see such strong support for BC filmmakers by both provincial and national industry partners. The support of UBCP/ACTRA and AFBS and The Fund in making these awards possible, demonstrates their strong commitment to nurturing BC storytellers.” Jacqueline Dupuis, VIFF Executive Director
The submission deadline for BC productions has been extended to July 15. For submission guidelines email us at email@example.com.
Greater Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) Society is a well-established not-for-profit cultural society with year-round programing in addition to a three week International Film Festival and an industry specific Film + TV Forum. The mandate to which our programs and services are built upon are; to encourage the understanding of other nations through the art of cinema, foster the art of cinema, facilitate the meeting of cinema professionals from around the world in BC, and stimulate the motion picture industry in BC and Canada. In its 32nd year, the Vancouver International Film Festival welcomes the world to Vancouver for 16 days (September 26 – October 11, 2013) as it showcases the top BC, Canadian and International independent films and plays host to industry professionals from around the globe.
VIFF gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our major partners Rogers Communications, Fidelity Investments Canada, and Telefilm Canada. VIFF also extends its thanks and appreciation to the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development's Community Gaming Grants program, as well as the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage's Building Communities through Arts & Heritage program.
About UBCP / ACTRA
The Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP/ACTRA) is an autonomous branch of ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 22,000 members across Canada - the foundation of Canada's highly acclaimed professional performing community.
AFBS is a not-for-profit, financial services organization providing for the specialized insurance, healthcare and retirement needs of performers and writers across Canada. AFBS is owned and governed by its Members, and since being founded in 1975, has grown to become one of the country's top 200 financial institutions. When AFBS designs and offers programs, it does so with years of expertise, knowledge and compassion that can’t be matched by traditional insurers for whom insurance is just a business.
About Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund
Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund/Fonds Harold Greenberg is a national funding organization established to contribute to the development and production of high-calibre film and television productions. Supported by Astral, Fund/Fonds have invested over $80 million in the Canadian film and television industry since its inception in 1986.