Fledgling filmmakers practice their craft far from the glitter of Hollywood. In backyards, in small studios, or on local sets, they transform their vision into a film that they hope will one day be seen by thousands or even millions of people around the world. What they may lack in budget and star power they more than make up for in raw ambition.
Independent filmmakers might remain forever in obscurity were it not for film festivals. These annual events, where films are screened and professionally judged, are held around the world. At film festivals, cinema fans can see the new — and sometimes daring — films they would never be able to find in their local movie theaters.
Film festivals give new talent an opportunity to shine, while also showcasing the work of already well-known and respected filmmakers. Festivals can range from huge, star-studded events, such as the Cannes festival in France or the Sundance Film Festival in the United States, to small, independent, local awards that garner just a few hundred attendees. But all festivals have something in common: They celebrate the art of film and they champion the artists who produce it.
You no longer need to read Vogue or watch Entertainment Tonight to learn how to emanate a celebrity. You simply need to attend the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). From September 26 until October 11, VIFF will do three things that make their festival unique: screen the largest selection of East Asian films outside of that region, has one of the biggest showcases of Canadian film in the world, and has a large and important nonfiction program.
As the host hotel for the festival, The Sutton Place Hotels has created a star-studded VIFF package for one lucky Facebook follower and their guest which includes round-trip airfare for two, airport pick-up and drop-off, tickets to VIFF’s opening night including movie and gala, and breakfast the next day. Visit The Sutton Place Hotels’ Facebook Page, ‘Like’ the page, ‘Share’ the VIFF posts, and you will automatically be entered to win a celebrity package.