Vancouver International Film Festival [fr]
Vancouver International Film Festival : A Festival and an Emerging Market to Watch
From September 30 to October 15, 2010, Vancouver was host to the International Film Festival (VIFF). With a spotlight on France, more than 30 French films in the program, 148 000 tickets sold, 600 accredited professionals, and a Film and TV Forum that brought together more than 1 200 professionals, the Festival became a major venue for promotion of French films in British Columbia and Western Canada.
A new addition to the international scene of festivals, VIFF is at once a festival and a now recognized professional market, but also a festival geared toward the Vancouver audience who is drawn to the quality of international content.
A number of factors make VIFF an interesting venue for French professionals:
the numbers produced by its success (in constant increase over the last five years): 148 000 tickets sold, 600 accredited professionals, and a Film and TV Forum that brought together more than 1 200 professionals, 650 film screenings, 10 screens and 4 movie theatres involved (Empire Granville, Pacific Cinematheque, Park Theatre, Vancity Theatre of Vancouver International Film Centre)
a festival with great exposure in Vancouver, since the festival’s managing and selection team also manage the very influential theatre Vancity Theatre of the Vancouver International Film Centre.
a festival that takes place in the heart of an extremely dynamic movie and television industry: 1.3 billion dollars spent on production in 2009 in British Columbia, a dense network of producers, technical and artistic groups, and post-production structure, although it is geared mostly toward American productions but still increasingly welcoming toward international co-productions (including French), due to its expertise and high degree of competitiveness.
strong political willpower of Canadian institutions (Telefilm Canada, British Columbia Film Commission, among others) to provide support to co-productions and to turn VIFF into a highly visible happening.
a festival of manageable proportions that allows easy access to decision-makers and the media and makes it easier to network and make new connections.
VIFF has finally become a genuine market and has seen great success this year during the Film and TV Forum which offered round-table discussions, one-on-one meetings, and project presentation sessions attended by top professionals such as directors, writers, filmmakers, producers, broadcasters, distributors and sales agents.
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