Mystery in the Woods – Lise Raven’s Kinderwald screens at #VIWIFF2016

KINDERWALD BOYS STILL 2In German folklore, the forest is a breeding ground for miracles, mysteries and the supernatural. Paying homage to the Black Forest of the Brothers Grimm, Kinderwald creates an ethereal, isolated and atmospheric woodland world of 1854 Pennsylvania.

Despite its apparent seclusion, this forest teems with characters of dubious, if not outright malevolent intent. The only exceptions seem to be the hardworking John Linden (Frank Brückner, who also co-wrote the script) , his dead brother’s wife, pious Flora (Emily Behr) and her two sons (Leo and Louie Fischer-Pasternak). Not long after settling in, the Linden children wander away, leaving their mother and uncle to endure a trial of faith through a dark and tumultuous fairy tale. Continue reading

#VIWIFF2016 Opens with Father-Daughter Tragicomedy “Café Derby”

CafeDerby09Café Derby invites you to take a look into the life of Georges: a man of the people with a big heart and even bigger dreams. When he mans his stall at the local market, it is crowded with people hanging off his every word. He knows which customers will buy what, how to make the pitch, and when to close the deal. With a family of five to feed, Georges is constantly on the lookout for the next big business venture. As far as his youngest daughter Sara is concerned, her father is the king of the world. Continue reading

From rough cut to festival: How WIFTV and the Film & Media Showcase helped me finish a film

By Sandra Ignagni

Sandra Ignagni Picture-3Once a month Vancouver filmmakers gather at the Film & Media Showcase to watch a selection of short and feature-length films in a casual and supportive environment. Co-hosted by three artist-focused British Columbia organizations – Women in Film + Television Vancouver, Cineworks and DOC BC – the event offers filmmakers an opportunity to screen their work and discuss their creative process – both successes and challenges.

Last summer, WIFTV selected my short documentary One Step at a Time: A Story About Women and Shoes for screening at the showcase. The film, a portrait of four young women in Toronto and Vancouver who are embarking on unconventional careers in the traditionally male-dominated fields of cobbling and shoemaking, was decidedly in rough-cut stage. Continue reading

Trapped in Liminality: Tinatin Kajrishvili’s Brides Challenges Women’s Role in the Family

Brides_StillTinatin Kajrishvili’s first feature film, Brides (Patardzlebi, Georgia, 2014) is an unusual and unpredictable story of a limitless love in an unforgiving world. The film challenges the strength and survival of passionate love between Nusta (Mari Kitia), a young Georgian mother, and her husband Goga (Giorgi Maskharashvili), a man carrying out his seven-year prison sentence in Tbilisi. Their relationship is put to a test when Nutsa realizes Goga is not the only one trapped in a box. Nutsa is forced to push the boundaries of her commitment to the man she loves, and must reconcile with the anguish of waiting in the unknown. Continue reading

Vampire Superstition in Eastern Europe – The Cursed Days at #VIWIFF2016

The Cursed Days_Nataša NinkovićDid you know that the word “vampir” (vampire) originated in Serbia? The vampire superstition started in the 18th century when, as legend has it, a villager was accused of killing nine people after his death. Continue reading

Genius In The Wild – Nell Shipman’s Story at #VIWIFF2016

Nell Shipman dog lake shot95 years ago, she drove dogsleds, pioneered the nude scene and insisted in the human treatment of her animals’ co-stars. She lost everything but heart. And then she vanished . . .  Continue reading

Snapshot of Syria: The Girl, Whose Shadow Reflects the Moon at #VIWIFF2016

TheGirlWhoseShadowReflectsTheMoon_Image01I’ve always loved film as a platform for creativity, awareness and innovation. As someone who wants to pursue a career in this industry I find myself constantly trying to find time to read reviews, research technical tricks and of course watch movies. The Girl, Whose Shadow Reflects the Moon has a narrator who also shares my passion for filmmaking and thus I immediately connected to her story.

This short film begins with a shot of the sun and the filmmaker, Walaa Al Alawi, telling us about the movie she’s writing. Walaa is 16, living in Dara’a, Syria. Her voice depicts a person that is both humble and self-assured. I don’t want to give away too much of the content, as it is not a very long film. But essentially this movie displays a young, creative woman who wants to share her story but is living in very unfortunate circumstances, being moved from one war stricken country to the next.  Continue reading

11th Annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival lineup

Women in Film and Television Vancouver (WIFTV) is delighted to announce the lineup for the 11th Annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, #VIWIFF2016, March 8th – 13th at VIFF’s Vancity Theatre.

Two local features, Siobhan Devine’s The Birdwatcher and Melanie JonesFSM, will have their hometown premieres.

Camille Sullivan as Saffron

Camille Sullivan as Saffron in The Birdwatcher

The Birdwatcher stars Camille Sullivan as a single mother diagnosed with cancer, who embarks on a journey to re-connect with her estranged birth mother, played by Gabrielle Rose.  Continue reading