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VAFF - Celebrating Diversity in Film

                                              Volume 2. Issue 11. September 2011.

  1. VAFF 15 Program Preview
  2. October Retrospective's “Artist Spotlight: Jeff Chiba Stearns”
  3. Call for Volunteers
  4. VAFF partners with YesAsia and YesStyle 
  5. MAMM 7 Winners

VAFF 15 Program Preview

Our programmers have been hard at work finalizing this year's festival lineup, which will be revealed soon - stay tuned!

In the meantime, here's an exclusive sneak peek at what you can expect at VAFF 15:

Canadian Premiere: 
DIRECTOR: Kazuya Murata
WRITER: Yuichi Shinpo
Animation | HDCAM | Colour | 2011 | 110 min | Japan | Japanese with English subtitles


Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, a new feature-length adventure into the world of an international anime sensation.


A fugitive alchemist with mysterious abilities leads the Elric brothers to a distant valley of slums inhabited by the Milos, a proud people struggling against bureaucratic exploitation. Ed and Al quickly find themselves in the middle of a rising rebellion, as the exiled Milos lash out against their oppressors. At the heart of the conflict is Julia, a young alchemist befriended by Alphonse. She’ll stop at nothing to restore the Milos to their former glory – even if that means harnessing the awful power of the mythical Philosopher’s Stone.

Artist Spotlight:
Narrative | HDCAM | Colour | 2011 | 109 min | Canada | English 

Jean Kaneko (Natalie Skye), swept away by the tsunami of the catastrophic financial meltdown, just quit her coveted job as an investment banker on Wall Street. After a soul-searching journey traveling around the world, she returns home to Vancouver, still floating in limbo. Instead of settling down, she camps out in an empty home owned by a friend’s rich family who never lived there. Jean moves in – vows to finish her travelogue about her journey. She’s finally found the perfect quiet time to focus on her writing at long last – no commitment, no phone calls, no job, no friends – she’s her own boss.

Or at least that’s what she thinks. To her surprise, she finds out that if she wanted to stay, she’d have to share the place with some former occupants who’ve turned into bad squatters – all of whom are not even supposed to be there, because they’re actually 
dead. As Jean reluctantly confronts these souls as tormented as herself, they inevitably end up in an entangled mass of secrets and lies…

October Retrospective's “Artist Spotlight: Jeff Chiba Stearns”

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level - Vancouver Central Library, 350 West Georgia St.

Admission is free. Seating is limited.

Films: Yellow Sticky Notes, Ode to a Post-It Note, and One Big Hapa Family

The Vancouver Asian Film Festival is turning 15. To celebrate, we’re hitting rewind on selected films from past festivals produced by Asian-Canadian filmmakers. Our retrospective series comes to a close with a spotlight on Jeff Chiba Stearns – filmmaker, Hapa, and Post-It Note aficionado. Join us for this special screening of Yellow Sticky NotesOde to a Post-It Note, and One Big Hapa Family. Jeff will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion.


Call for Volunteers

VAFF is a not-for-profit society that depends entirely on the generosity of its volunteers. We strive to provide an entertaining, professional and fun atmosphere for all our volunteers and we value every volunteer’s contribution of time and energy.

Volunteer positions during the Festival include, but are not limited to: ticket taking, ticketing & membership sign up, setting up banners/signage, ushering, driving and postering.

BENEFITS for Volunteers:
1. Free access to certain events/parties
2. VAFF movie vouchers
3. Anna’s Cakehouse Gift Certificates
4. Program Tickets for friends and family – pre-festival volunteers
5. DVDs and other prize giveaways at the Volunteer Party
6. Meet filmmakers and actors
7. Meet new people
8. Gain leadership/organizational skills
9. Increase cultural diversity in Vancouver
10. Recommendation Letter
11. Lots of FUN!

If you are interested in volunteering for this year's Festival, please email


VAFF partners with YesAsia and YesStyle 


VAFF is pleased to announce and will be supporting the film festival as joint sponsors. The two websites – and – offer entertainment products including DVDs, comics and games, as well as fashion and lifestyle products from Asia. As part of the sponsorship, and will provide filmmakers with discounts to products on their websites.

“We are thrilled to have the participation of and as part of this year’s festival,” said Barbara Lee, founder and president of VAFF. “Their support as joint sponsors will help us recognize filmmakers and help bring an exciting array of independent and commercial films produced by Asian-Canadians and Asian-Americans to people in Metro Vancouver.”

Joshua Lau, CEO and founder of and added: “ and are pleased to be able to support a worthy organization like VAFF. We are proud to extend our reach beyond the Internet and help promote arts and multiculturalism in BC.”


MAMM 7 Winners

Congratulations to this year's winning teams:

First place: Team Little Ram, The Anti-versary

Second place: Team Last Minute Production, Candlelight
Third place: Team Epic Snail, Paper Girl

More pictures from the screening and after party are on our Flickr page.

MAMM7 thanks our sponsors including:

Gavin Hee



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Upcoming Community Events:

Vancouver Celebrates Diwali 
The 8th annual Vancouver Celebrates Diwali Festival will take place October 16 - 23, 2011. This year promises to deliver an ambitious and exciting array of events, talents, and festivities. Visit for more details.

Vancouver Jewish Film Festival
The 2011 Vancouver Jewish Film Festival will run from November 10 - 20, 2011. Don't miss their 23rd anniversary celebrations and screenings. More info at:

Korean Consulate - Film Screening & Workshop
The Korean Consulate in Vancouver will be hosting a film screening, followed by a panel discussion on September 30, 2011. Email 
for more details.

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