Check out various events around town and get your films in for VAFF 2014!
Volume 5. Issue 3. April 2014

VAFF 18 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN - Early Bird ends April 30

Attention filmmakers, VAFF 18 needs you! The Vancouver Asian Film Festival is the oldest of its kind in Canada. With all that experience in mind, for this year’s festival we want to explore what perspective means, hence  this year’s theme “What’s Your Perspective?”  

We want to hear as many different stories and points of view as we can and redefine what Asian cinema means in 2014. VAFF accepts independently produced films and videos by North American-Asian artists (including Asian-Canadian or Asian-American artists) and foreign-produced films in English or with English subtitles. For a film to be eligible for the festival, at least one member of the creative team (director, writer or producer) and/or the lead actors must be of Asian heritage. For more details about VAFF 18, the eligibility criteria and awards categories for this year’s films, please check our Submission Guidelines (PDF file). 

The early bird deadline is April 30, 2014 and the last date to submit your film is May 31, 2014. Don't delay, send in your films now! 

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Vancouver Web Fest - Canada’s premiere web series festival

Canada’s first international web series festival launches with their inaugural event on May 2nd to 4th, 2014. The Vancouver Web Fest (VWF) celebrates the progressive evolution of entertainment and programming created exclusively for the Internet. This uniquely diverse festival will bring together international and Canadian web series creators, producers and viewers through an engaged and responsive forum that acknowledges the cultural significance of this revolutionary genre. “We are looking forward to showcasing the outstanding web series from around the world and celebrate it with public viewers.” says VWF Executive Director/Founder Suzette Laqua. 

Stay tuned on VAFF's social media channels for a chance to win tickets to the festival! 


Dinner and a Movie with VAFF: Cutie and the Boxer Reviewed 

The documentary Cutie and the Boxer showed how the most fiery of emotions and passions, subdued as they are by life, time and age, can never be fully extinguished. Pulling no punches, the anguishing trajectory of New York-based Japanese art duo, Oshio and Noriko Shinohara, are laid bare by Director Zachary Heinzerling. In his feature length film debut, Heinzerling does an incredible job of capturing the most mundane and vulnerable moments of Oshio and Noriko’s lives. Read more...

Celebrate explorASIAN

Canada’s second oldest Asian Heritage Month festival, explorASIAN, returns for its 19th year, from May 1 to June 1, 2014. Organized by the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society (VAHMS), this annual festival creates greater public awareness and appreciation of the rich diversity of the Pan-Asian Canadian artistic and cultural communities in Metro Vancouver. Since its launch, VAHMS has played a major role in bringing together artists from across Metro Vancouver’s culturally diverse Pan-Asian communities to perform, explore and collaborate on a wide range of cultural and artistic endeavours.

To address public concerns over the growing size of increasingly institutionally complete ethnic silos, explorASIAN 2014 adopted the themes of integration, identity and hybridization of cultures to encourage the Pan-Asian artistic and cultural communities to overcome these issues.

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We’re excited to bring you VAFF all year round. Details on our upcoming events coming soon - stay tuned! 
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