VIFF adds eight Canadian world premieres to 2018 lineup

The festival unveiled the lineups for its True North, B.C. Spotlight and Future/Present programs, including world bows for Calvin Thomas, Lev Lewis and Yonah Lewis's Spice it Up.

Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) has unveiled the titles in its True North, B.C. Spotlight and Future//Present programs, with world premieres for eight Canadian features and copros added to the 2018 lineup.

In the B.C. Spotlight stream (also known Sea to Sky), the Canadian features set to make their world premieres are Baljit Sangra’s Because We Are GirlsZebulon Zang’s N.O.N. and Cody Graham and Carey Newman’s Picking Up the Pieces: The Making of the Witness Blanket. Two coproductions, Kathleen S. Jayme’s Finding Big Country (Canada/U.S.) and Sean Devlin’s When the Storm Fades (Canada/Philippines), will also world premiere in the program. 

Also screening in the B.C. Spotlight category, which showcases projects from B.C.-based filmmakers, are Helen Haig-Brown and Gwaai Edenshaw’s Edge of the Knife, Bruce Sweeney’s Kingsway, Grant Baldwin’s This Mountain Life and Seung-Yup Lee The Darling (Canada/South Korea).

Meanwhile, David Uloth’s Canadian feature The Far Shore makes its world premiere in the True North stream, while there are North American premieres for Danae Elon’s A Sister’s Song, Philippe Lesage’s Genesis and Félix Dufour-Laperrière’s Ville Neuv. True North features films from Canadian filmmakers from across the country. Also set to screen in the category is Akash Sherman’s ClaraJasmin Mozaffari’s Firecrackers, Keith Behrman’s Giant Little OnesPatricia Rozema’s Mouthpiece, Kim O’Bomsawin’s Quiet KillingKatherine Jerkovic Roads in February (Canada/Uruguay), Astra Taylor’s What is Democracy? and Christy Garland’s What Walaa Wants (Canada/Palestine).

As well, in the Future/Present program, there are world premieres for Lev Lewis, Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas’s Spice it Up and Bojan Bodružić’s copro The Museum of Forgotten Triumphs (Canada/Bosnia and Herzegovina), and North American premieres for Olivier Godin’s Waiting for April and Aïda Maigre-Touchet’s Song of a Seer (Canada/France/Haiti). This program, which highlights the work of emerging indie filmmakers from across the country, will also screen Drew Lint’s M/M (Canada/Germany), Andrea Bussmann’s Fausto (Canada/Mexico), Terry Chiu’s Mangoshake and Drljača’s The Stone Speakers (Canada/Bosnia and Herzegovina).

VIFF runs from Sept. 27 to Oct. 12. This year marks the 37th edition of the festival, which was founded in 1982.

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