Saturday March 1, 2014
The DocuAsia Forum is an annual Metro Vancouver event for exploring Asia-Canada relations as they develop. This fifth annual forum brings together filmmakers, artists, academics, community representatives and the general public and provides a platform for informed dialogue concerning the current cultural and economic development in Asia, and global implications for the future. The Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) is proud to be community partners with Cinevolution for this year’s 5th annual DocuAsia Forum. Films at this year’s DocuAsia 2014 include:
Director: Hui-Jing Xu (許慧晶)
China | 2013 | 68min | Chinese | English Subtitles
In rural China, the job of enforcing the Communist Party’s one-child policy falls on government bureaucrats tasked with imposing fines, birth control, and forced sterilizations. Xu Huijing documents this process in his native village of Ma, following the tenacious efforts of the local birth control chief during an increased sterilization quota period, revealing the absurd and tragic local consequences of high-level government policy.
Time: Monday March 10, 6:00pm
Location: Performance Hall, Richmond Cultural Centre
(7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond BC V6Y 1R9)
Director: Amit Virmani
Singapore/India | 2013 | 63 mins | English & Hindi | English subtitles
There are men who squirm at the mention of a woman’s period. And then there’s Muruganantham, a school dropout who realised that the majority of women in India couldn’t afford sanitary pads and decided to do something about it. Once mocked by his own community, he is now acknowledged as a visionary for empowering rural women with access to both feminine hygiene and a livelihood. In telling the story of this unlikeliest of heroes, “Menstrual Man” underscores the importance of empowering women to combat poverty, and the power in every individual to make a difference.
Time: Wednesday March 12, 6:00pm
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 7000
(515 W Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 4K3)
Time: Friday March 14, 6:00pm
Location: Melville Centre for Dialogue, Kwantlen Richmond Campus
(8771 Lansdowne Road, Richmond BC V6X 3V8)
Saturday February 22, 2014
Planet Fury calls Vancouver’s Karen Lam one of the top ten Canadian horror filmmakers to watch for. Making it as an Asian filmmaker in North America is a difficult road, let alone being an Asian female in the male-dominated world of horror filmmaking. So it is remarkable to see how Lam has broken through these seemingly insurmountable glass ceilings.
A full-time producer since 2000, Lam has been a prolific filmmaker, producing four feature films, seven short films, and three television series. Her first short film as both writer and director of The Cabinet won the NSI Drama Prize in 2006. She has since written seven feature film screenplays, and directed four short films, and two feature films, Stained (2010) and Evangeline (2013). Doll Parts (2011) was invited to more than 51 international film festivals since its completion.
In essence, Evangeline is a horror fantasy about the vengeance and resurrection of a girl murdered in cold blood. After hanging out with the enigmatic, violent fraternity leader and his pals, Evangeline is beaten and left for dead in the woods, Evangeline finds herself trapped in a supernatural nightmare, and starts a violent quest to avenge her perpetrators. Evangeline is the opening feature to the 9th annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWIFF) on March 6.
Coinciding with International Women’s Day on March 8th, VIWIFF will screen a diverse selection of shorts and feature films produced by established and emerging women filmmakers from all over the world.
With 33 films in its line-up, gala and industry events, workshops, visiting filmmakers, and panel discussions, this 4-day event is an event which has grown in popularity over the past decade and is only getting more popular. This year’s festival is in co-production with VIFF’s Vancity Theatre. VAFF is proud to be community partners again with the VIWIFF 2014.
Friday November 15, 2013
VAFF 17 came and went and it was sure an exciting one for us.
A big thank you to those of you who came and watched our films.
Much appreciation goes out to our Sponsors and Partners who believed in our festival enough to support it.
And finally, a humungous shout out to the dozens of volunteers who donated the gift of time to running this festival. You guys are amazing.
See you all next year!
Sunday November 10, 2013
We’ve had amazing attendance and will be closing off this year’s VAFF with Millions. Come join us for this fantastic film.
Friday October 18, 2013
Monday October 14, 2013
Online ticket sales for VAFF 17 are now live.
View the Schedule for a full list of all our films and when they are playing. From there, click on the title of the films to read more about each film.
Friday October 4, 2013
VAFF is excited to close out its 17th year with Andrew Chung’s MILLIONS.
This film about a group of friends who decide to make good on a pact they made as teenagers – to do whatever it takes to become millionaires by the age of thirty, will be presented on Nov 10 at Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas.
Stay tuned for ticket info. But in the meantime, check out the trailer:
Friday September 27, 2013
Here it is. VAFF 2013 Centrepiece Film. We’re proud to present JOHN APPLE JACK, a romantic comedy shot and produced right here in Vancouver.
Friday September 20, 2013
Enough said. The life story of NBA basketball sensation, Jeremy Lin.
Watch the trailer! More scheduling and ticketing information will be released soon.
Saturday September 14, 2013
We’re stoked to kick off our 17th year with DJ Holloway and Sun W. Kim’s dark crime thriller, INNOCENT BLOOD.
James Park, a retired undercover detective in LA’s Koreatown, faces his worst nightmare when his young son is kidnapped by a mysterious criminal connected to his dark past. As James begins to unravel the criminal’s game of vengeance, he and his wife are forced to reconcile his past transgressions and keep their faith as they fight to bring their son home safely.
Tickets on sale soon. Check back for details.