The mandate of Vancouver International Film Festival is to encourage the understanding of other nations 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 and Canada.
VIFF presents a broad spectrum of fiction and nonfiction films from around the world divided into the following sections:
• NEW • Climate for Change—an annual environmental film series sponsored by new festival partner Kyoto Planet. Nominated feature length films from the series will be eligible for a $25,000 juried environmental award, one of the largest cash prizes at any film festival in North America. The series will include both dramatic features and documentaries and emphasize fresh information, vision and cinematic artistry.
• Dragons and Tigers: The Cinemas of East Asia—the largest annual exhibition of East Asian films outside Asia; 63 films were in the program last year, including two world premieres, 26 international premieres, 17 North American premieres, one Canadian premiere, and one English-Canadian premiere.
• Nonfiction Features—Over the past fifteen years the VIFF has given its large program of documentary and essay films front-and-centre status. It is internationally recognized as one of the largest and most successful showcases of nonfiction cinema in a general festival context.
• Canadian Images—one of the biggest showcases of Canadian film in the world. At VIFF 2006 there were 103 Canadian films, including 30 features, seven mid-lengths and 66 shorts.
• Cinema of Our Time—This, our general international section comprises the most innovative and exciting cinematic developments from around the globe. . Last year's program featured 86 films from 40 countries, 20 of which were North American or International Premieres.
• Spotlight on France—This annual sidebar celebrates the unique achievements of France’s strong national cinema.
The Kyoto Planet "Climate for Change" Award ($25,000)
The Dragons And Tigers Award For Young Cinema $5,000)
The Citytv Western Canada Feature Film Award ($12,000)
Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film ($2000 + Avid Media Composer Software valued at US$4995)
NFB Best Canadian Documentary ($2,500)
The Women In Film And Video Vancouver Artistic Merit Award
Rogers People's Choice Award For Most Popular International Film
People's Choice Award For Most Popular Canadian Film
People's Choice Award for Most Popular International Documentary Award
There is also the Film & Television Forum to compliment the film screenings- the largest event of its kind in western Canada, takes place annually during the Vancouver International Film Festival. The Forum hosts a series of challenging and informative seminars, roundtable discussions, master classes, tête-à-tête sessions and contests designed to explore the trends and opportunities in both the Canadian film and television landscape and in the international marketplace. These seminars provide a unique opportunity to access global markets and a platform for our Canadian filmmakers to develop and foster working relationships with the international community.
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