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Victoria Independent Film & Video Fest Opens With Jimmyworks

By Keiko Beatie

The 11th annual Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival is set to open this week with the anticipated film Jimmyworks by Canadian filmmaker Simon Sauve'. With submissions reaching a record high of more than 1,000 for this year's Festival, the programming is sure to be dynamic and well received by the film going audience of Victoria. From February 4-13, 2005 on the beautiful Island of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, filmgoers will be entertained with the very best of new contemporary films from around the world.

Now looked upon as a top 10 independent film festival in Canada, VIFVF is expanding to hold the first Canadian Co Production Conference during the first weekend of the festival. The Trigger Point Conference will be highlighted as production companies will gather together to discuss the aspects of development and commerce within the film industry and Canada.  Participants are expected from Asia, Europe, the United States, and Canada to work together on the future of film in North America and beyond.

Victoria has had an admirable first 10 years as an independent festival, and each year brings more events and programming.  Kathy Kay, festival director, works year round to plan this 10 day festival and is always seeking to encompass the community and arts together to support the visual aspects of cinema. 

The mission of the festival is to expose youth and adults to a broad range of cultural, artistic and philosophical ideas and lifestyles through the presentation of film, video, new media and interactivity in order to stimulate critical analysis and inspire an interest in using the medium as a creative tool.  The Festival's vision is to establish an annual independent film event in Victoria with a worldwide reputation that is deeply anchored in the local community and that will eventually become a milestone in the career of young artists and filmmakers.

Some of the feature films set for the Festival this year are:
Cable Beach, Graveyard Alive, Harry Knuckels & The Perl Necklace, Jimmyworks, Lies Like Truth, The Limb Salesman, The Love Crimes Of Gillian Guess,  Saint Ralph, Show Me, Some Things That Stay, Tideline, White Skin, Angela, Beat The Drum, The Boys & Girls From County Clare, Clean, El Mago, Exist, Hair High,  Holy Cross, Jester Till, Millions, The Python, Quite Ugly One, Rory O'shea Was Here, Sex Is Comedy, Two Great Sheep, Vares, Eternal Present, Max Rules, Primer, and Public Lighting.

Documentary's set for the Festival are:
Beethoven's Hair, Behind The Mascot, Being Caribou, Drawing Out The Demons, Falang Behind Bangkok's Smile, Inside Jewish Venice, Mondovino,Born Into Brothels, Overnight. Rhythm Is It, Rosy Finger Dawn, Scared Scared, Soraida: A Woman Of Palestine, Weird Sex And Snowshoes, and What Remains Of Us.

The festival will also feature over 70 shorts including the Oscar Nominated Ryan by Canadian filmmaker Chris Landreth during the ten-day Festival.

Mondo Plympton: A Tribute to Bill Plympton
This year the Victoria Independent is proud to pay tribute to animation icon Bill Plympton. Mr. Plympton will be in attendance for the screening of "Hair High" his latest feature on Saturday February 12th. There will also be a program of his short films on Friday, February 11th -- both screenings at Cinecenta at the University of Victoria.

Box office locations are at Bolen Books in Hillside Mall, and at the Festival Box Office at 808 View Street, Victoria. Or call 250.216.4647 or 250.389.0444 to purchase your tickets by phone with Visa or Mastercard.

Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival
808 View St.
Victoria, BC
Canada, V8W 1K2
Hrs: 10am - 5pm (M-F)
Tel. 250 389.0444
Fax. 250 389.0406
[email protected]

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