VIFF reveals B.C. Spotlight Program lineup

Eleven features are included in the program, including world premieres for Charlotte's Song (pictured) and Tricks on the Dead.

Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) has announced the 11 films to be featured in its BC Spotlight Program, including world premieres for Done Four Productions  Charlotte’s Song and Jordan Paterson’s Tricks on the Dead: The Story of the Chinese Labour Corps in WWI.

The BC Spotlight competition program spotlights the films that have been produced in British Columbia. Charlotte’s Song stars Katelyn Mager and Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones) in a Dust Bowl-era retelling of the tale of the Little Mermaid. Tricks on the Dead, produced by Rare Earth Media, is a historical docudrama about 140,000 Chinese workers that were sent in secret from Vancouver to Halifax and then shipped on to the Western front to dig trenches and clear the dead during World War I.

Elsewhere, Connor Gaston’s The Devout will get its North American premiere at VIFF, while Kyle Rideout’s Eadweard, which received 15 nominations for this year’s Leo Awards and took home four prizes, and Nicolas Citton’s My Good Man’s Gone will make their Canadian premieres.

The program is rounded out by Mina Shurn’s doc Ninth Floor, which is set to make its world premiere at TIFF ’15, Mark Sawers’ No Men Beyond This Point, Charles Wilkinson’s Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World, which won the Best Canadian Feature Documentary prize at this year’s Hot Docs, and Lewis Bennett’s The Sandwich Nazi, Sasha Snow’s Hadwin’s Judgement and Fractured Land from filmmakers Damien Gillis and Fiona Rayher.

The eleven features will be vying for the program’s two awards: the Best BC Film award and the BC Emerging Filmmaker prize.  The winner of the best film award will take home a $10,000 development bursary from the Harold Greenberg Fund and $15,000 in post-production funding, supplied by Encore Vancouver. The emerging filmmaker honoree will win a $7,500 cash prize and a $10,000 equipment credit from William F. White.

Correction: An earlier version of this story listed Nicholas Humphries as the director of Charlotte’s Song. An updated release from VIFF indicated the credit block for Charlotte’s Song should only include Done Four Productions.