Victoria Film Festival Spotlights Female Filmmakers

Victoria Film Festival spotlights female filmmakers with Indigenous Perspective program

Films include Edge of the Knife, first feature made entirely in the Haida language

Female filmmakers are in the spotlight on the Indigenous Perspective program at the 25th Victoria Film Festival, including award-winning, Haida-language drama, Edge of the Knife (SG̲aawaay Ḵ’uuna).

Directed by Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown, the 19th-century-set mystery-thriller is the first feature made entirely in the endangered Haida language — which has only 20-odd fluent speakers remaining.

Also on the bill are two films with prolific Aboriginal actor Tantoo Cardinal, including historical drama Angelique’s Isle and Cardinal’s first leading role in a feature film, Falls Around Her.

Cardinal will also appear on a panel for ground-breaking 1998 film Smoke Signals, along with director Chris Eyre and fellow actor Evan Adams. Smoke Signals had its Canadian premiere at VFF.

“We are thrilled that the four feature films in this year’s Indigenous Perspective program are directed by women directors. Each film is unique, yet they all share the same passion and commitment to authentic storytelling that has been part of Indigenous cultures for thousands of years.” said series programmer Barbara Todd Hager.

Hager says although the four films on the Indigenous Perspective bill vary in place and time, their creators share inspiration drawn from their female ancestors or women making their mark today.

The four films screening in the Indigenous Perspective slate include:

Angelique’s Isle: (D: Michelle Derosier and Marie-Helene Cousineau) Based on the true story of 17-year-old Angelique Mott, an Anishinaabe woman abandoned along with her voyageur husband on Lake Superior’s Isle Royale during the copper rush of 1845. A harrowing tale of perseverance and the resilience. Julia Jones and Charlie Carrick star.

Edge of the Knife (SG̲aawaay Ḵ’uuna): (D: Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown) A tragic accident triggers a series of events that leads to remorse and torment among members of two families. Based on a traditional Haida story of a man who is transformed to Gaagiixiid (the Wildman). Made entirely in the Haida language. Tyler York, William Russ and Adeana Young star

Falls Around Her: (D: Darlene Naponse): Tantoo Cardinal plays a famous Anishinaabe musician who returns to the Northern Ontario reserve where she grew up after years on the road with her band.

Warrior Women: (D: Christina King and Elizabeth Castle): A documentary about Lakota activist and community organizer Madonna Thunder Hawk, whose career fighting for Indigenous and women’s rights has spanned more than 50 years.

In Conversation with Smoke Signals: Director Chris Eyre and stars Evan Adams and Tantoo Cardinal discuss the award-winning 1998 film’s Indigenous filmmaking legacy. And we’re always proud to say, it had its Canadian premiere at VIFF!

VFF runs Feb. 1-10, with an expanded film slate spotlighting record number of 156 films from Canada and around the world, selected by international programmers.

Indigenous Perspective guests expected to attend the Festival:

– Gwaai Edenshaw (Edge of the knife)

– Tantoo Cardinal (Angelique’s Isle, Falls Around Her, Smoke Signals)

– Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals)

– Evan Adams (Smoke Signals)

– Michelle Derosier (Angelique’s Isle)

– Darlene Naponse (Falls Around Her)

About the Victoria Film Festival

The Victoria Film Festival is Vancouver Island’s largest and longest-running film festival, currently celebrating 25 years. The Victoria Film Festival screens more than 156 films over 10 days. Creating unique events year-round, the Festival is responsible for Feast: Food + Film, Free-B Film Festival, Art of the Cocktail, Movies Under the Maltworks and The Vic Theatre.

For more information visit: https://www.victoriafilmfestival.com/

Victoria International Jewish Film Festival

Victoria International Jewish Film Festival4TH Annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival To Screen Films from Six Countries. The fourth annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival will bring the diverse world of Jewish cinema to the capital city Nov 3-6 at The Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas St.

Of particular note in this year’s Festival is the powerful docu-drama Who Will Write Our History followed by a discussion panel on the theme: The Courage of Remembering , and the Festival’s opening night film, The Cakemaker followed by a reception at the Union Club. Tickets & Festival Passes on sale now!!!

The Vic Theatre
808 Douglas St. Victoria BC V8W 2B6
November 3 – 6, 2018 7:00PM
$13 adult, $10 senior/student, $25 opening night
More info: http://www.vijff.ca

For more information visit vijff.ca

The annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival (VIJFF) — launched in 2015 in Victoria, BC, Canada — aims to enhance our audiences’ enjoyment of films with Jewish themes and related content from around the globe. We celebrate these films as explorations of Jewish culture and as artistic expressions of broadly shared human values.

The Festival’s main objectives are:

  • to exhibit films with Jewish themes which are not readily available at commercial cinemas;
  • to create a sense of community by bringing together film lovers who are interested in, or wish to know more about, Jewish culture;
  • to enhance appreciation of film artistry in a variety of different genres and styles;
  • to provide a venue for independently produced films that explore the complex realities of Jewish cultures, history, religion and identity around the world.

The Victoria International Jewish Film Festival is a project of the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, British Columbia. The Centre has been providing programs and services in Victoria and throughout Vancouver Island since 1988. The Centre welcomes the community to its 4th Annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival, to be held November 3 – 6, 2018 at The Vic Theatre on 808 Douglas St.

VIJFF Organizing Committee:

  • Dahlia Beck
  • Lindsay Block-Glass
  • Earl Chochinov
  • Ethel Chochinov
  • Sandra Glass
  • Larry Gontovnick
  • Sydney Kalef
  • Andy Muchin
  • Anne Petrie
  • Ronit Reis
  • Alan Segal
  • Maurice Yacowar

VIJFF Events and Marketing Coordinator: Deborah Bricks

VIJFF Director: Lincoln Z. Shlensky

The Vic Theatre
808 Douglas St. Victoria BC V8W 2B6
November 3 – 6, 2018
7:00PM
$13 adult, $10 senior/student, $25 opening night
More info: http://www.vijff.ca

Rifflandia Festival 2018

RifflandiaRIFFLANDIA FESTIVAL

The 2018 Rifflandia Festival is upon us.

Experience performances from Daniel CaesarAdventure ClubJessie ReyezCurrent Swell & Friends, Bishop Briggs, and many more.

TICKETS

Check the FULL SCHEDULE of who’s playing where.

This year’s Wristband Exchange will be at McPherson Playhouse (3 Centennial Square). Starting Sunday, September 9 at 11:00 AM you can pick up your wristbands and take advantage of all of our Wristband Connect and Win! Landia deals. See the link below for a complete schedule. Don’t forgot to bring those tickets!

Rifflandia Gathering is a music industry conference coinciding with our little festival. The gathering aims to provide professional development and networking for artists and industry professionals alike. Our event offers a three-day schedule of activities that include 20 panels and multiple one-on-one sessions. Don’t miss engaging industry insights at Ticket Rocket, Royal Theatre, and Fort Tectoria. Click HERE for more details.

For daily park lineups, most ticket types, and up-to-date festival information head over to www.rifflandia.com.

Victoria Pride Parade Images July 8 – 2018

Pictures from Victoria Pride Parade – 2018

Victoria Pride Parade
Photo: BradEdwards.ca

PlayInVictoria.net has been covering Victoria Pride Week for almost a decade.  We continue the tradition of bringing you images from this event with this quick look at a few random shots from our roll of film.

A big congratulations to all of the organizers (Victoria Pride Society), participants and spectators for another fun day in the sun in the capital city.  Here’s a few images we’ve just uploaded (with more to come).  This should keep you busy for a while as you relive the party that was!

All images: BradEdwards.ca

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Cultural and Arts Festival of India

Cultural and Arts Festival of India 2018

Cultural and Arts Festival of India

Victoria Hindu Temple and Cultural Center
1934 Cultra Ave – Saanichton
June 30, 2018
10:00 AM Admission: FREE

Every year, during summer, the Victoria Hindu Temple opens its doors to the Greater Victoria community to participate in and experience the Cultural and Arts Festival of India.

This year we will be celebrating this festival on the Canada Day long weekend Saturday June 30th. This year our theme is Fairs, Festivals and Food!

Along with dazzling classical and folk dances, melodious music and crafts the Cultural and Arts Festival of India will showcase a variety of interactive activities such as a photo booth, sari tying, mehendi (henna), Bollywood dance lessons, etc. Also, we will be creating a delicious Indian street food experience showcasing various food items popularly available at outdoor street restaurants!

More information: http://www.victoriahindutemple.ca

A Brief Historical Overview

The Victoria Hindu Temple was formally, ceremonially and traditionally established on 18 June 1995 at 1934 Cultra Avenue in Saanichton with remarkably well-attended Havan and Pooja performed under the priestly guidance of Pandit Acharya Shrinath Prasad Dwivedi of Vancouver. It is meant essentially for the religious, cultural and meditational aspects and activities of its umbrella organization, the Victoria Hindu Parishad. The very first priest-in-residence of the Victoria Hindu Temple was Pandit Parmod Kumar Gaur who came to the Temple directly from India in February 2001 and who (since his leaving the Temple in January 2010) is an established priest in the Greater Vancouver region. He came to the Victoria Hindu Temple directly from India.

The origin of the Victoria Hindu Parishad can be traced back to about the middle of the 1970s when a rather small group of Hindu families in the Greater Victoria region got together and started holding usually occasional prayer meetings in the home of one or the other member in the group. Though not very rapidly, this group of Hindu families grew bigger and bigger so much so that the need for holding such prayer meetings not only on a regular (possibly monthly) basis, but also in a larger rented place such as a church hall, became imminent. More importantly, on 14 January 1979, the Victoria Hindu Parishad was officially registered with the Government of the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada as a Canadian charity organization. During all these years, the need for a Hindu Temple in the Greater Victoria region was felt by many local members of the Victoria Hindu Parishad and also by such outsiders as (for example) Pandit Gian Chand Shastri of Vancouver, who used to visit Victoria occasionally for performing religious ceremonies in individual homes in Victoria. Read more…

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The Phillips Backyard Weekender DAY 3

Phillips Backyard Weekender The Phillips Backyard
Weekender 2018

Atomique Productions, The Zone at 91-3, and Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. present…

The Phillips Backyard Weekender 2018
continues today and wraps up – Sunday, July 22 Phillips Brewery Backyard, ANIAN Yard, Discovery Street 19+

Appearing in The Backyard…

The RevolutionReggie WattsKeys N KratesKelisTOO MANY ZOOZ!!! (Chk Chk Chk)Hollie CookDJ ShubMiles Mosley and the West Coast Get Down • FederaleMoontricksMiami Nights 1984Louise Burns MusicOrilla & GrossbusterSlim Sandy & the Hillbilly Boppers • The Champion Sound (Dj Murge & Verse)

Appearing at The Picnic-er Stage at ANIÁN, curated by Do250

Diamond CafeDylan StoneElectric Sex PantherJason VernersSmall Town ArtilleryTan and HideZee and The Empties • and many more to be announced!

Tickets are available both online at TicketWeb Canada and in-store at The Phillips Brewery (2010 Government St.).

The Phillips Backyard Weekender Individual Day Passes ($39.50): backyardweekender.com/tickets

Victoria’s biggest backyard brewery party is back! After we expanded our footprint last July to include Discovery Street and ANIÁN Yard it was clear to us it needed to continue. We’re looking forward to tweaking the site layout and serving up tons of cold beer next July 20-22!

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For more information, visit our website at backyardweekender.com

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FEAST: Food & Film Festival returns

Feast Food & FilmFEAST: Food & Film returns for a 6th time this June

The Victoria Film Festival has announced the line-up for its fifth annual FEAST: Food & Film Festival with events taking place on June 14, 15, and 16. FEAST will host six mouthwatering screenings over the three day period.

Kicking it off on Thursday, June 14th at The Vic Theatre is the film Fermented, a documentary about the revival of the ancient process that has become the latest food trend. Mother Nature’s Market & Deli will be serving fermented themed snacks including delicious local kombucha brewed by Cultured Kombucha and vegan based cheeses by The Cultured Nut.

Followed by Michelin Stars: Tales from the Kitchen a film that offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the mythical Michelin Guide of fine dining. With grand chefs such as Alain Ducasse, Daniel Humm, René Redzepi, Andoni Aduriz, Yoshimi Narisawa, Victor Arquinzoniz, Guy Savoy and many more, Michelin Stars sets the gastronomy bar at the highest level possible. And with great cuisine comes exquisite hors d’oeuvres provided by Toque Catering paired with cocktails presented by Sheringham Distillery.

On Friday, June 15th two films will screen starting with The Goddesses of Food. This documentary investigates what holds women chefs back in the modern world of cuisine and will be accompanied by Sea Cider tastings and food bites by Kitchens of Distinction.

Following Goddesses of Food, The Strath Liquor Store and Victoria Caledonian Distillery are partnering to take the viewers on a trip around Scotland from the comfort of The Vic Theatre seats with a screening of Scotch – A Golden Dream. A beautiful film which honors the history and the art behind the golden elixir.

On Saturday, June 16th the final two films are Chef Flynn and New Chefs on the Block which will close out the Food & Film Festival. Chef Flynn is a documentary about a 10-year-old boy starting a supper club in his living room who quickly outgrows his bedroom kitchen and sets out to challenge the hierarchy of the culinary world. New Chefs on The Block is an intimate multi-year portrait of two chefs who struggle to open and maintain their first restaurants. As usual, food will be on site along with real-life industry stories provided by the chefs and owners from Accio and Top Soil.

FEAST: Food & Film ticket prices vary $20-$25. All events are 19 and older. Full details are available at feastfoodfilm.ca.

FEAST: Food & Film is an annual food-focused Festival brought to you by the Victoria Film Festival to highlight local and regional food and drink paired with great films.

About the Victoria Film Festival

The Victoria Film Festival is Vancouver Island’s largest and longest-running film festival. Celebrating 25 years, the Victoria Film Festival screens 150 films over 10 days. As well as the annual Victoria Film Festival, the Festival team also coordinates multiple events year-round, including Feast: Food & Film, Free-B Film Festival, Art of the Cocktail, youth programs, and the Vic Theatre throughout the year.

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Victoria Pride Week #yyjevents @VictoriaPride

2018 Victoria Pride Week is quickly approaching, and it’s going to be another great week of events culminating with the Victoria Pride Parade and Festival on July 8th.

Here’s a quick look at some of the highlites:

July 1: The Annual Memorial Dragball Game
Vic West Ball Park @ Bay St & Wilson, across from Save on Foods

July 8:  The Victoria Pride Parade and The Victoria Pride Festival in MacDonald Park. The parade begins at the corner of Pandora and Government, continuing south on Government, turning west on Belleville and then south on Menzies until turning west at Kingston; parade moves south on Oswego ending at MacDonald Park at the corner of Oswego and Simcoe.


Complete list of events HERE
Gallery of images Victoria Pride Parade 2011 – 2017

Society’s mission is based on empowerment. We empower those who are – or think they might be – gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, intersex, friends and allies.

Victoria Pride WeekThe Victoria Pride Society was born from a casual picnic in Beacon Hill Park over 20 years ago. Since the time of its creation, the Victoria Pride Society has focused on supporting the inclusiveness, accessibility, and diversity of Pride Week events. Today, we are one of a few national Pride Societies who encourage all people to walk the Pride parade route – generating thousands of people ‘proudly’ walking the streets of Victoria for themselves, colleagues, or loved ones.

As our community, sponsors, and supporters grow, so too does the opportunity to share who we are, where we come from, and most importantly, our personal pride. Being ‘proud’ transcends any one week of any given year. Being ‘proud’ is an achievement garnered throughout a lifetime. The Victoria Pride Society is here to provide support, connection, education, and celebration for every individual in their own quest to be proud.

Don’t forget to download a copy of our bylaws and constitution.

2018 SPARK Festival

2018 SPARK Festival

The 2018 SPARK opens March 8 with True Crime by Torquil Campbell (from Stars)

Spark FesitvalWednesday, February 14, 2018 — Victoria, BC…From March 8 to 25, 2018, the Belfry Theatre will present its annual SPARK Festival, highlighting some of the best new theatre in Canada. One of the ambitions of the SPARK Festival is to play with the notion of what theatre is, what it could be, and how it’s changing.

Highlights of this year’s festival include True Crime (performed by Campbell with live music by Julian Brown), the return of Daniel MacIvor with his piece, Who Killed Spalding Gray?, and Inuit actor and storyteller, Tiffany Ayalik in Café Daughter (based on the true story of Senator Lillian Eva Quan Dyck).

Iconic musician and provocateur Torquil Campbell was inspired by real life con-man Clark Rockefeller. Rockefeller, now serving a life sentence in California, duped hundreds into believing he was the scion of the wealthy clan, with cataclysmic consequences. Check out Vanity Fair’s The Man in the Rockefeller Suit for the full story.Torquil’s dogged investigation and impersonation challenges us to find the truth in True Crimeand confront our cultural addiction to a good story.

On March 12, at an undisclosed location, we invite the audience to be a part of an exhilarating choral adventure. Why We Are Here!, created by Brian Quirt and Martin Julien, is a unique and stand-alone experience that invites audience members to become a choir and sing in a site that they would not normally be able to sing in.

Why We Are Here! was a tremendous success at last year’s festival.

Daniel MacIvor has been called Canada’s Spalding Gray, so it’s especially intriguing to see one monologist take on another in Who Killed Spalding Gray? (March 13 – 17). Daniel has always pushed and reshaped the boundaries of a good story and to see him perform is a real treat.

Currently on tour in the UK, Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken will be performing their incredible show, Mouthpiece, at SPARK from March 13 – 17. Please note – advance sales for Mouthpiece are very strong and we expect the show to sell out prior to opening.

“…we were speechless. Mouthpiece touches on every part of the female experience from birth to death using dance, music, and wicked humour with just a bathtub for scenery. It’s impossible to describe and truly unforgettable.” Jodie Foster & Alexandra Hedison

On Sunday, March 18 we’ll host the New Play Cabaret featuring new work from UVic’s Creative Writing Department, read by UVic Theatre students.

Intrepid Theatre’s Sean Guist will direct a reading of Jordan Tannahill’s Sunday in Sodom on Monday, March 19. Both readings are free events.

In the third week of SPARK, high school students from the Belfry’s education outreach program, Belfry 101, will begin rehearsals with Dave Morris (Paper Street Theatre) and Erin Macklem, the Belfry’s Artistic Associate and Outreach Coordinator.

Canadian Inuit actor and storyteller, Tiffany Ayalik will arrive to perform Café Daughter (March 20 – 24), written by Kenneth T. Williams (adapted from his book). Based on the true story of Senator Lillian Eva Quan Dyck. Café Daughter is the powerful, funny and touching tale of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage.

That week (March 20 – 24) Calgary’s Ghost River Theatre offers up an unforgettable immersive audio experience created for a blindfolded audience.

That’s right – everyone in the audience will be given their own set of headphones and blindfolded to experience Tomorrow’s Child, adapted from Ray Bradbury’s short story by Eric Rose, Matthew Waddell and David van Belle. Like Mouthpiece, Tomorrow’s Child is almost sold out.

SPARK will close on March 25 with Belfry 101 Live – a show created by the students of Belfry 101 in response to the performances they’ve seen at the Belfry over the past seven months. Their remarkable take on the themes and stories they’ve witnessed is always eye-opening.

Scattered throughout SPARK will be a host of free events, including concerts, an all-ages dance party (Hootenanny on March 11), and the perennially popular mini plays – 10-minute plays performed throughout the building.

Torquil Campbell (Creator /performer of True Crime) and Lisa C. Ravensbergen (director of Café Daughter) will host professional development workshops on March 10 and March 24 respectively.

Tickets for SPARK are on sale now. For further information check out www.sparkfestival.ca – our satellite site for the festival.

SPARK Sponsors
The 2018 SPARK Festival is generously supported by The Zone @91.3100.3 the QCaffe FantasticoCV TV (Culture Vulture TV) and the Government of Canada.

Season Sponsors
The Belfry is generously supported by The Times Colonist and Helijet.

Public Funders
The Belfry is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of BC, BC Arts Council, CRD Arts Development and the City of Victoria.

 

Ticket Information
Tickets are available at 250-385-6815 or online at tickets.belfry.bc.ca. Prices are subject to change.

Ticket Discounts
High School Students – 50%
University / College / Post Secondary Students – 15%
Seniors – 15%
Members of the Military – 25%

 

SPARK Festival Schedule (March 8 – 25)

DateTimeEvent
Thurs, March 087:30 pmTrue Crime
Fri, March 098:00 pmTrue Crime
Sat, March 10Call UsPD Workshop – Torquil Campbell
8:00 pmTrue Crime
Sun, March 114:00 pmHootenanny
Mon, March 127:00 pmWhy We Are Here!
Tues, March 137:30 pmWho Killed Spalding Gray? (P)
7:30 pmMouthpiece (P)
Wed, March 147:00 pmmini plays
7:15 pmmini plays
7:30 pmWho Killed Spalding Gray? (O)
7:30 pmMouthpiece (O)
Thurs, March 157:00 pmmini plays
7:15 pmmini plays
7:30 pmWho Killed Spalding Gray?
7:30 pmMouthpiece
Fri, March 167:00 pmmini plays
7:20 pmmini plays
7:40 pmmini plays
8:00 pmWho Killed Spalding Gray?
8:00 pmMouthpiece
Sat, March 177:00 pmmini plays
7:20 pmmini plays
7:40 pmmini plays
8:00 pmWho Killed Spalding Gray? (C)
8:00 pmMouthpiece (C)
Sun, March 187:00 pmNew Play Cabaret
Mon, March 197:30 pmSunday in Sodom by Jordan Tannahill
Tues, March 207:30 pmCafé Daughter (P)
7:30 pmTomorrow’s Child (P)
Wed, March 217:00 pmmini plays
7:15 pmmini plays
7:30 pmCafé Daughter (O)
7:30 pmTomorrow’s Child (O)
Thurs, March 227:00 pmmini plays
7:15 pmmini plays
7:30 pmCafé Daughter
7:30 pmTomorrow’s Child
Fri, March 237:00 pmmini plays
7:20 pmmini plays
7:40 pmmini plays
8:00 pmCafé Daughter
8:00 pmTomorrow’s Child
Sat, March 24Call UsPD Workshop – Lisa C. Ravensbergen
7:00 pmmini plays
7:20 pmmini plays
7:40 pmmini plays
8:00 pmCafé Daughter (C)
8:00 pmTomorrow’s Child (C)
Sun, March 257:30 pmBelfry 101 Live!

Victoria Film Festival Releases a 5 Film Sneak Peek

Victoria Film Festival – 2018

Victoria Film FestivalChristmas is just around corner and since it’s the season for giving, the Victoria Film Festival is releasing some of the titles that will be part of the 24th annual festitivities, running February 2 – 11, 2018 – just in time to get Film Vouchers or Passes for the last gifts on your list!
With 74 confirmed features, the highest number in the festival’s history, here is a sneak peek of the films from the VFF Official Selection, that we’re excited about:
Pickups 
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE
Director: Jamie Thraves Country: UK Year: 2017   Runtime: 74 min
Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen collaborates for a third time with director Jamie Thraves (Treacle Jr, The Low Down) in this low-fi, high-stakes drama about the bizarre life of a jobbing actor, suffering from insomnia. Not by accident, the film has a distinctly meta-feel. At a point where co-writer and performer Gillen may be assessing his own celebrity, having now become stop-you-in-the-street famous, the central character in Pickups is an actor…called Aidan.
Oh, Lucy! 
BC PREMIERE
Director: Atsuko Hirayanagi Country: Japan  Year: 2017 Runtime: 95 min
A middle-aged woman in Tokyo escapes droll office life when she chances upon an English class taught by a charming American John (Josh Hartnett) who insists she wear a blonde wig and adopt the name Lucy to better understand Americans. She begins to develop a penchant for her instructor and when her spunky niece runs off with him to San Diego, Setsuko, accompanied by her constantly disapproving sister, sets off to bring her back.
 
Kayak to Klemtu
BC PREMIERE
Director Zoe Hopkins (Heiltsuk/Mohawk)   Country: Canada/Ontario     Year: 2017   Runtime: 90 MIN
When Dave Ellis (Evan Adams), a Kitasoo/Xai’Xais activist, passes away, his 14-year-old niece Ella (Ta’Kaiya Blaney) sets out on a life-changing voyage to take his ashes home to Klemtu and stand in his place at a community gathering against a proposed pipeline that would bring oil tankers into the heart of their territory. Ella is joined by her curmudgeonly uncle Don (Lorne Cardinal), her recently widowed aunt Cory (Sonja Bennett), and her awkward and moody cousin Alex (Jared Ager-Foster) – none of whom are even remotely equipped to paddle the challenging and arduous trip through the Inside Passage.
Meditation Park
VICTORIA PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: Mina Shum COUNTRY: Canada/BC Year: 2017 Runtime: 94 minutes
Maria has spent her life being a devoted wife and mother. Never questioning her husband Bing’s authority as a provider and excusing his vices, she has willingly followed his wishes, including not speaking to their estranged son. While doing his laundry, her world is turned upside down when she discovers lingerie tucked away in his pants’ pocket. Unable to look past his hurtful deception any longer, she takes matters into her own hands.
Ethel & Ernest  
BC PREMIERE
Director: Roger Mainwood Country: UK Year: 2016 Runtime: 94 min
Based on an award-winning book by acclaimed British author and illustrator Raymond Briggs, this beautifully hand-drawn film tells the true story of Raymond’s own parents Ethel and Ernest – two ordinary Londoners living through a period of extraordinary social change in twentieth century Britain (featuring the voices of Brenda Blethyn and Jim Broadbent).
Both Pickups and Ethel & Ernest are part of a new program featuring U.K. films during the 2018 festival. This year’s Festival Official Selection will be highlighted by films selected by additional programmers to broaden the scope of its international content.
The full Victoria Film Festival lineup and program won’t be released until Jan 8th, but Christmas gift certificates and film passes are now on sale.
They can be obtained online at www.victoriafilmfestival.com, by calling 250-389-0444 or from the festival box-office, 1215 Blanshard. St, MondayFriday9AM–5PM
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