Over 6 days we will screen 56 films from twelve countries, five Canadian Provinces, and one Canadian territory. An extraordinary program of shorts and features exploring contemporary issues and themes in dramatic, comic, creepy, and artful ways.
VIWIFF screens four Canadian features including the Canadian premiere of “River of Silence” written by Petie Chalifoux and the latest films by Deepa Mehta, Ingrid Veninger, and BC filmmaker Michelle Ouellet.
Local shorts programmed in VIWIFF 2018 include films by Mayumi Yoshida, Allison Beda, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Julia Hutchings, Tisha Deb Pillai, Jean Parsons, Jax Smith, Wendy D, Laura Jaramillo, Michelle Kee, Crystal Lowe, Laura Adkin, Theresa Warbus, Mary Galloway, and Nicole Dextras.
The opening night film on March 6th is the German feature, “Dark Blue Girl,” followed by a Q&A session with the film’s director, Mascha Schilinski. The film looks at the broken and uncertain triad of the nuclear family through the eyes of seven-year-old Luca.
This year’s programming also includes three other films from Germany, four films from Russian, as well as films from Spain, France, Greece, Denmark, Australia, Greenland, Mozambique, New Zealand, United States, & the UK.
Many local and international filmmakers will be in attendance for Q&A’s and artist talks.
This year VIWIFF offers free events all day on International Women’s Day. The day will focus on exploration, advocacy, and activism through screenings and panel discussions.