September 29-October 18, 2016

As one of the five largest film festivals in North America, the Vancouver International Film Festival presents films from more than 70 countries on nine screens. This year's gala parties proved to be the best yet including the annual Brightlight Pictures party at CinCin; the VIFF Opening Gala at the Vancouver Club; the Lighthouse Pictures party at District 319 and the BC Spotlight Party at the Blackbird Public House.

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 (VIFF) and the year-round programming of the Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre.

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From the festival film Ganjy, actor Aleks Paunovic; producer Tony Pantages; and writer/actor Ben Ratner

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Van Helsing actress Jennifer Copping; Once Upon a Time actress Keegan Connor Tracy; When Calls the Heart actress Johannah Newmarch; and Pacific Artists agent Belinda Williams

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Actor Richard Harmon; and Luke Perry, Riverdale actor, best known as Dylan from Beverly Hills 90210

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Shawn Williamson, Brightlight Pictures founder and chairman; and Betty Gabriel, Kahn Zack Ehrlich Lithwick LLP partner

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Neal Clarance, Cast & Crew Capital director of Canadian financial services; and Anna Kosturova, clothing designer

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Shauna Hardy Mishaw, Whistler Film Festival Society executive director; and Nancy Mott, Vancouver Economic Commission manager digital entertainment & interactive

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Aliyah O’Brien, Bates Motel actress; and Rukiya Bernard, Van Helsing actress

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Babita Kumari, realtor; and Wally Oppal, Thompson Rivers University chancellor

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Lakh Multani, Strategex partner; and Arthur Evrensel, Michael, Evrensel & Pawar LLP partner

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Andrew Webster, Webster Talent agent; and Nathalie Boltt, actor/filmmaker

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Lee Shorten, The Man in the High Castle actor; Katherine Brodsky, Variety writer; and Terry McEvoy, VIFF Canadian Images programmer

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Ken Ingram; Elizabeth Hodgson, Hodgson Management principal; Tom Rowe, Reunion Pictures partner; and Jackson Davies, actor

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Sarah Desjardins, Van Helsing actress; and Jodelle Ferland, Dark Matter actress

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The infamous risotto cheese bowl at CinCin

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Shawn Williamson, Brightlight Pictures founder and chairman; and festival film actor Aleks Paunovic, from Ganjy

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April Telek, Rogue actress; and Sabrina Furminger, Westender columnist

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Shaw TV’s The Travel Guys Darren Parkman and Jim Gordon

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Brendan Fletcher, Lewis and Clark actor; and Uwe Boll, director and Bauhaus Restaurant owner

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Maja Aro, filmmaker; Kate Kroll, producer/director; and Sarah Thomas Moffat, cinematographer

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Fiona Forbes, LadyPants Productions co-founder; Michael Eklund, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency actor; and Mary Zilba, LadyPants co-founder

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Jay Brazeau, actor; and Ona Grauer, Archer actress

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Coby Derban, model; and Jorge Ramos, Wilhelmina Models international model manager

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Carine Claire, actress; Paul Armstrong, Crazy 8s executive director

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Shauna Johannesen, filmmaker; and her husband, James Danderfer, filmmaker and composer

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Roger Larry, filmmaker; Sandra Linz, actress; and Paul Armstrong, Crazy 8s executive director

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Zach Lipovsky, Mech-X4 director; and Esther Cohen, Carrier Talent agent

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Colleen Hardwick, PlaceSpeak CEO; and Chris Ferguson, Oddfellows Entertainment producer

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Charles Oliver, programmer; and Lisa Mazzotta, RiverBlue co-producer

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Leonard Schein, VIFF founder and Coast Mental Health Foundation chair; and his wife, Barbara Small

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Garry Chalk, actor; and his wife, Colleen Hardwick, PlaceSpeak CEO

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Robyn Wiener, Numb producer; Dakota Daulby, Warrior’s Gate actor and Don Thompson, Finalé Post Production president

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Jen Ainley, Kirk Talent agent; Jordan Drage, Integral Artists literary associate; and Candace Fulton, Kirk Talent agent

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Maureen Webb, Castaway Productions casting director and Project Limelight co-founder; and her sister, Donalda Weaver, Project Limelight co-founder and executive director

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Ben Ratner, Ganjy actor/writer/director/producer; and Rick Campanelli, ET Canada co-host 

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Paul Armstrong, Crazy 8s executive director; Laura Murray, makeup artist; Jamie Goehring, Lighthouse Pictures co-founder; and Craig Stowe, Luxury & Supercar Weekend founder and president and Luxury Alliance Group founder/president

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David James Lewis, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency actor; and  Laura Adkin, The Goodnight Kiss writer/director

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Nicole Oliver, Marrying the Family actress and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic voice actress; Chris Ainscough, Ganjy composer; and Paul Duchart, Fifty Shades Freed actor

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Lighthouse Pictures co-founders Shawn Williamson and Jamie Goehring 

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Mackenzie Gray, actor of many TV series and films; and U&I talk show host Louise Uwacu

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Rebecca Staab, Live Like Line actress; and Candace Fulton, Kirk Talent agent

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Rick Campanelli, ET Canada co-host ; April Telek, Rogue actress; and Cole Hauser, Rogue actor

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Erica Pantages; and her husband, Tony Pantages, Ganjy producer

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Kenny Blanchet, Matcon Excavation and Shoring heavy equipment operator; and Hayley Matches, producer

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Rick Campanelli, ET Canada co-host; Colleen Kirk, The Kirk Group founder; Lesley Diana, The Promotion People principal; and Steve Bacic, Garage Sale Mystery actor

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Kailey Spear, Spear Sisters Productions co-founder and actor/writer/director; Mary Galloway, the Kevin Spacey Foundation prize-winning filmmaker for her directorial debut Unintentional Mother; Barbara Gregusova, costume designer and jewellery artist; and Samantha Spear, Spear Sisters Productions co-founder and actor/writer/director

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Melanie Hawthorne-Toogood; Premiere Talent Management agent; Ari Wise, Core Music Agency principal; Pamela Wise, Premiere Talent Management manager; and Claudia Da Ponte, fashion stylist

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Ari Wise, Core Music Agency principal; and his wife, Pamela Wise, Premiere Talent manager

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Nikki Elek, actor/director; and Nicole Oliver, Marrying the Family actress and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic voice actress

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Alex Cendese, actor/writer/producer; and his wife, Gabrielle Cendese, actress best known for Canadian series Corner Gas

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Jesse James Miller; filmmaker/director; and Jason Whyte, eFilmCritic! editor

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Samantha Spear and Kailey Spear, twin sister principals of Spear Sisters Productions and The Twilight Saga: The Mary Alice Brandon File directors

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The Romeo Section creator and writer Chris Haddock with cast members and ET Canada’s Rick Campanelli