VWIFF 2012 Spotlight Awards Gala

Spotlight and Legacy Awards Gala

Last night’s Spotlight Awards Gala was a huge success and a terrific party. Here are a few photos of the awards. More and better ones to come.

Parksdale directed Lisa Jackson wins first place Legacy Award

The evening was hosted by director/filmmaker Mina Shum, who was charming and inspirational, and who left us with the closing words:  Know what your gift is, and keep on giving it.

Jill Sharpe’s acceptance speech was a moving tribute to the supportive film community in Vancouver, and the importance of family, friends, colleagues and mentors in making ones dreams a reality. Director of the film BONE, WIND, FIRE, she recounted how discovering the talent and determination against the odds of artists like Emily Carr, and the unconditional support of her family, were instrumental in helping her believe.

Jill Sharpe receives Finale Artistic Achievement Award

Jill Sharpe accepts Finale Artistic Achievement Award for Bone, Wind, Fire

VWIFF 2012 Carol Whiteman presented with award

Carol Whiteman is presented with the Woman of the Year Award

Carol Whiteman, who received the Woman of the Year Award, inspired all with her energy and vision and personal strength. The award was well deserved, given her amazing abilities to balance personal challenges with her own creative projects and yet give more to nurturing and mentoring young filmmakers through her work with Women in The Director’s Chair.

Penelope Buitenhuis presented with award at VWIFF 2012

Penelope Buitenhuis presented with CBC Artistic Achievement award

Penelope Buitenhuis entertained with spark and humour as she accepted her Artistic Achievement Award for her body of work and her indie film A WAKE.

Doreen Manuel received Leadership in Education award at VWIFF

Doreen Manuel received Leadership in Education award at VWIFF

Doreen Manuel received the Leadership in Education Award with inspiring words about the guidance of her elders, and how they advised her and her siblings to choose their own path, and then follow it with determination, giving their best. She hopes to one day be considered an elder herself, and it looks like she’s well on her way.

And after the awards, since there could be no screenings (which had to be moved to Saturday 9 am), there was wine! And music! And plenty of mingling and fun was had by all.

Festival Launch Evening Spawns Smiles and Generates Buzz

Thursday evening’s festival meet-and-greet event at the Charles Bar was by all accounts a success. Our corner of the Charles bar was filled with the smiling faces of festival organizers, volunteers, filmmakers, fans and friends who enjoyed the festive atmosphere and stimulating company.

Caroline and friendConnections were made and friendships forged as we all prepared for the festival season ahead. The buzz about the festival is definitely building. Organizers were thrilled to see the VWIFF Twitter feed streaming by mid-evening, just as promotional posters and flyers rolled off the presses, soon to be seen about town.

Don’t forget to capture a snap of yourself with a bus shelter poster or other promo material and post it to our Twitter feed to compete in the photo contest. As well, the Facebook essay contest and the Youtube video contest are still open to entries. Remember to follow the blog and tell your friends about it as we move closer to the festival dates with festival highlights, a focus on feature and short film entries and interviews with festival director Roslyn Muir, directors and others in the field.

Photo of festival volunteersPhoto of partygoersPhoto of friends