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VIFF 2018 Best BC Film Award winners and Best Canadian Film Award winners from Edge of the Knife

The 37th annual Vancouver International Film Festival 2018 showed more than 340 films from 55 countries over 16 days

Between September 27 and October 12, this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) treated audiences to fiction, documentary and genre-defying films that entertained, informed and inspired. VIFF also presented expansive programs including forums, master classes and musical artist showcases.

As always, this year’s gala parties were the hot ticket including the VIFF opening gala at the Vancouver Club; the BC Spotlight party at Blackbird Public House; and the VIFF closing gala at Glowbal Restaurant.

Founded in 1982, the Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society is a not-for-profit cultural organization that operates the internationally acclaimed Vancouver International Film Festival and the year-round programming of the Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre. VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America.

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Kim Nguyen, The Hummingbird Project director; and Jacqueline Dupuis, Vancouver International Film Festival Society executive director

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Kim Guise, Telus Storyhive director; Michael Grant, Finding Big Country producer; and Lizzy Karp, Storyhive senior manager

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Stephanie Schniffer, musician/actress; Paul Armstrong, Crazy8’s Film Society executive director; Mark Leiren-Young, screenwriter/playwright; and Julie Bruns, actor

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Deb Day, Innovative by Day CEO; John Dippong, Telefilm Canada director industry promotion; and Alexandra Staseson, musician/actor

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Smita Acharyya, Telus Storyhive project manager; and Alison Wandzura, actor

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Jordan Aziz, Docere Naturopathic founder; Anita Adams, First Weekend Club executive producer; and Dawn Torroba, RBC Group Associate

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Elfred Matining, Telus Storyhive training and educational manager; Shaun Cathcart, Storyhive project manager; and Kristy Assu, Storyhive project manager

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From Bocci Design & Manufacturing, designer Mike Seymour and sales director Eleanor Smith enjoy a game of snooker in the billiard room

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From Bocci Design & Manufacturing, designer Mike Seymour and sales director Eleanor Smith enjoy a game of snooker in the billiard room

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Alan Franey, VIFF director of international programming ; and Joel Edgerton, Boy Erased writer/director and well-known actor

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Joel Edgerton, Boy Erased writer/director

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Joel Edgerton, Boy Erased writer/director

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Paul Griggs, VIFF digital production co-ordinator; and Olivia Bradford, Jive PR account co-ordinator

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Georgina Chaplin, VIFF digital communications co-ordinator; Ellyn Hadley, VIFF marketing co-ordinator; and Kei Baritugo, VIFF director of public relations

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Zack Lipovsky, Best Emerging Filmmaker 2018 award-winner for Freaks; and Esther Cohen, Characters Talent Agency agent

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Robyn Wiener, producer; Jason Whyte, GetReelMovies.com managing editor and JW Media founder; and Jane Craven, actress

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Tantoo Cardinal, award-winning Canadian activist and screen icon; and Lillooet Fox, singer/songwriter

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Alyssa Satow, make-up artist; Greg Ng, Finding Big Country editor; and Kat Jayme, Finding Big Country director

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Keith Martin Gordey, UBCP/ACTRA president; Angela Moore, UBCP/ACTRA executive board director; and Scott Parsons, occupational health and safety officer

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The Crazy8s team of Alicia Bernbaum, co-producer; Paul Armstrong, executive director; and Erin Mussolum, co-executive director

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Cameron Monaghan, actor, Anthem of a Teenage Prophet; Jacqueline Dupuis, VIFF executive director; and Peyton List, actor, Anthem of a Teenage Prophet

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Todd Duym, short film cinematographer for Dawn; and Robin Hays, Anthem of a Teenage Prophet director

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Erika Kumar, Creative BC business analyst; and John Dippong, Telefilm Canada director industry promotion

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Tug Phipps, William F. White co-ordinator; and Gary Shaw, Side Street Post Production + VFX president

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Raj Lal, Anthem of a Teenage Prophet actor; and Avery Fane, Red X Flags co-producer

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Jay Cardinal Villeneuve, writer/director; Selwyn Jacob, Holy Angels producer; and Amy Belling, Holy Angels director of photography

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Jill Morrison, actor; and Christie Will Wolf, director/producer

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Lindsay Nahmaiche, Jive PR + Digital’s co-CEO and co-founder; and Jacqueline Dupuis, Vancouver International Film Festival executive director

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Kathleen Hepburn, VIFF 2017 Best Emerging Filmmaker and The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open co-director; and Helen Haig-Brown, Edge of the Knife co-director

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Alan Franey, VIFF director of international programming; and Terry McEvoy, beloved veteran Canadian programmer/filmmaker and the Cinematheque board director

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Jordan Blackstone, fine art photographer; Donald McDonald, Super Channel president and CEO, and Johannah Newmarch, When Calls the Heart actress

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Moshe Matsai, Sutton West Coast Realty business broker, and Bruce Bingham, BBCP CEO

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Yolai Nesu and Charles Zuckerman, photographer/actor

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Aaron Gilbert, Bron Studios co-founder; Steve Zissis, actor; Josh Brener; and Brenda Gilbert, Bron Studios co-founder

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Anicka Quinn, Vancouver Magazine and Western Living editorial director; and Matt O’Grady, Creative BC board member and freelance writer

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The Honourable Hedy Fry, the longest-serving female member of Parliament

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Wendy Chan, Gateway Stream at VIFF publicity co-ordinator; and Andrew Poon, Dragons & Tigers senior publicist

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Mackenzie Gray, actor/musician; and Johannah Newmarch, When Calls the Heart actress

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Jacqueline and Joyce Robbins, well known local actors from A Series of Unfortunate Events, have been acting for 42 years

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Vancouver Short Film Festival's Emily Wheldon; Avi Glazner; and Stephanie Halber join Julie Bruns, actor/filmmaker; Nathanael Vass, actor; and Stephanie Schiffner, actress/musician

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Sandy Gow, VIFF International Shorts Film programmer; Eva Brownstein, documentary DP and director; Grant Baldwin, This Mountain Life director; and Jason Whyte, GetReelMovies.com managing editor and JW Media founder

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Renee Glesse; Prem Marimuthu; Tracy Lynn, Lexus leasing consultant; Cameron Grierson, actor; and Chelsea Langenstam, social media marketer

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Anaïsa Visser, Bordered director; Ingo Lou, Crazy8s producer; Rhonda Rees, Shuttlecock actor; Paul Armstrong, Crazy8s executive producer; Emily Weldon; Vancouver Short Film Festival event co-ordinator; and Avi Glazner, Vancouver Short Film Festival outreach