2019 Festival Schedule

March 5 to 10 at the VIFF Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St)

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Tuesday, March 5th

Wednesday, March 6th

Thursday, March 7th

Friday, March 8th
International Women's Day 

Saturday, March 9th

Sunday, March 10th

Click here for the list of films

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Check back often for updates on workshops, events, special guests, and more. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

  • 9:00 PM Opening Night Party: Join us for red carpet photos, live music by Tiffany Moses, and Refreshments from Cedar Feast House. A cash bar will be available. Including with tickets to Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) and Warrior Women. 

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

  • 9:30 AM Artist Talk: A one hour moderated discussion with Agathe Bernard (Carving Landscapes), Amanda Strong (Biidaaban- The Dawn Comes), Iris Moore (Dust in the Sky), Eva Brownstein (Tayybeh), Petie Chalifoux (Nîsowak)
    • Free to attend, no registration needed.
  • 10:45 AM Artist Talk for Screenwriters: Join us for an informal conversation with some of our VIWFF Screenplay Competition finalists, members of the competition jury, and local screenwriters.
    • Free to attend, no registration needed.
  • 12:00 PM Discussion: Join Warrior Women's Elizabeth Castle and Marcella Gilbert for a moderated discussion. 
    • Free to attend, no registration needed. 
  • 2:00 PM Tricksters and Writer Script Readings: Excerpts from selected scripts from the Tricksters and Writers program will be read by professional actors. Click here for more details

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Thursday, March 7, 2019 

  • The Virtual Reality will not be available on March 7th. 
  • 9:45 AM Artist Talk: A one hour moderated discussion with Tracy Varju and Meeshelle Neal (Check), Ana Carrizales (Media Luna), Jules Kootsachin (OChiSkwaCho), Heather Perluzzo (Girl in the Galactic Sun) 
    • Free to attend, no registration needed.
  • 12:45 PM Artist Talk: A one hour moderated discussion with James O'Brien and Giovanna Morales Vargas (A Perfect 14), Mia Fiona Kut (Sonder), Michelle Morris (Good Girls Don't) 
    • Free to attend, no registration needed.
  • 2:00 PM Artist Talk: A one hour moderated discussion with Tricia Collins (Clinch), Ana Valine and Seanna McPherson (Once There Was A Winter), Gigi Saul Guerrero (La Quinceañera)
    • Free to attend, no registration needed.
  • 8:30 PM Screening: A Perfect 14 followed by a post-screening Q&A with the film’s director, Giovanna Morales Vargas, producer, James O’Brien, and subject, Kerosene Deluxe.

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Friday, March 8, 2019 - INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

  • 9:45 AM Artist Talk: A one hour moderated discussion with Chrisann Hessing (Turning Tables), Claire Allore (Work), Kerry Barber (DearHatetts), Gayatri Patel Bahl and Anuj Goyal (Tina), Layla Cameron (Fat Hiking Club)
    • Free to attend, no registration needed.
  • 11:00 AM Presentation: Webisodes - A Special Presentation with Melanie Lê Phan (Executive in Charge of Production, Scripted Digital Originals | CBC) that will discuss will discuss the web series form examining how it differs from conventional film and tv. Click here to read more and register.
  • 1:00 PM Screening: She is the Ocean followed by a Q&A with the film's director Inna Blokhina, and two of the film's subjects Rose Molina, and Andrea Moller. 
  • 3:30 PM Screening: The Feminist followed by a discussion with the film’s producer, Helene Granqvist as well as local documentary filmmaker Moira Simpson and screenwriter and WIFTV’s First President, Peggy Thompson.
  • 7:30 PM Reception: A Miracle of Perseverance - Join us in celebrating WIFTV's 30th Birthday Reception, open to ticket holders of Miracle and Perseverance Furthers

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

  • 9:30 AM Forum: Gender and Inclusion - Seeking Solutions: This half-day forum explores the challenges and solutions needed to break down the systemic barriers towards diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces. Special Guest presentation from Dr. Amanda Coles (What's Wrong With This Picture?). The forum will also discuss the Canadian funding model with WIFTV's Advocacy Committee. 
  • 12:00 PM Screening: Special Presentation with the DGC of This Changes Everything followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Amanda Coles (Arts and Cultural Management and Employment Relations, Deakin University) with special guests Tom Donahue (director, This Changes Everything) and others to be announced. (This film is out of competition)
    • Free screening, TICKETS HERE. Note: there are a very limited number of tickets for this screening. 
  • 3:30 PM Screening: Tayybeh screening with The Day I Lost My Shadow followed by a discussion with members of the Tayybeh team Hasne Sheikh; Ragde Hasan and Mariam Hamdo, as well as Tayybeh's founder, Nihal Elwan. The discussion will be moderated by Adel Iskandar, Assistant Professor of Global Communication at Simon Fraser University.  
  • 6:00 pm Reception: Enjoy the tastes of Syrian cuisine with refreshments by Tayybeh. Tayybeh, the Arabic word for “kind” and “delicious,” is a food company and social enterprise that is taking Vancouver by storm! What started in October 2016 as a single pop-up dinner has turned into an amazing culinary journey! Now an award-winning catering company and food truck vendor, Tayybeh has become a flourishing experience for amazing Syrian women chefs that gives them a source of income and community connections. With pop-up dinners all over the city, and mouth-watering food at parties, weddings, gatherings, office lunches and every possible festivity, Tayybeh has changed the city’s culinary landscape!
    • Reception is free to ticket holders of either The Day I Lost My Shadow or Dreams and Unveilings. Cash bar. 

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

  • 3:00 PM Discussion: Join Gigi Saul Guerrero, known for her gritty Tex-Mex style with a touch of grindhouse gore filmmaking, for a discussion about the making of her bloody revenge tale, La Quinceañera.
    • Free to attend, no registration needed.
  • 9:00 PM Closing Night Wrap Party with catering from Tayybeh. Including the Award Ceremony tickets. 

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