Alan Franey, VIFF festival director; and Helen Yagi, VIFF Dragons & Tigers publicist
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson; and Shawn Williamson, Brightlight Pictures chair
Festival favourite film Leap 4 Your Life actresses Nicole Oliver and April Telek
Festival actor John Cassini; and Michael Eklund, Bates Motel TV series actor
Esther Cohen, Carriere Talent agent, photobombs festival actors John Cassini and Alexandra Staseson.
Alan Franey, VIFF festival director; and Helen Yagi, VIFF Dragons & Tigers publicist.
Paul Armstrong, producer of Lawrence & Holloman; Daniel Arnold, actor; and Matthew Kowalchuk, director of the film
Shauna Hardy Mishaw, Whistler Film Festival Society executive director; Lindsay Nahmiache, Jive Communications partner; and Angie Nolan, Whistler Film Festival programming manager
Colleen Hardwick, PlaceSpeak founder and CEO; Tracey Mack, Urban Safari Entertainment producer; and Siobhan McCarthy, Red Trike Media founder and CEO
Colleen Hardwick, PlaceSpeak founder and CEO; and Gary Chalk, actor from Leap 4 Your Life
Tamara Robinson, Georgia Straight accounting supervisor; and Crystal Huba, writer/comedian
Nicholas Lea, actor; Jennifer MacLean-Angus, actress; and festival actor John Cassini
Sophie Jarvis, VIFF guest coordinator; and Ann Marie Fleming, Big Trees writer/director
Mackenzie Gray, actor/writer/director for Under the Bridge of Fear; and Will Forte, Nebraska actor and Saturday Night Live alum
From For the Birds, Tara Atashgah, director; Nazlik Lou, actress; and Chervine Namani, actor
Helen Yagi, VIFF Dragons & Tigers publicist; and Gordon Rischanek, Intune Property Development CEO
Terry Miles, Cinemanovels writer/director/producer; and Robyn Wiener, Synergy Cinema founder and Lawrence & Holloman co-producer
Nicola Fairweather, LinkedIn Training at Route Three Marketing business development manager; and Brady Dahmer, Projecting Change Film Festival founder
Kevin Leeson, Lighthouse Pictures partner; and Jamie Goehring, Lighthouse Pictures partner
The cast and crew from festival movie Down River: Colleen Rennison, actress; Gabrielle Miller, actress; Ben Ratner, writer/director; and Jennifer Spence, actress
Eliza Smith, singer; and Terry Chen, Continuum and The 100 TY series actor
Rob Heimbecker and Paul Armstrong, Anxious Oswald Green executive producers
Alex Kennedy, VIFF volunteer; Maya Beckersmith, Georgia Straight newspaper sales and promotions; and Julie Boswell, occupational therapist
Vancouver International Film Festival
Brightlight Pictures Red Carpet Party, CinCin Ristorante, September 26
VIFF Opening Gala, The Vancouver Club, September 26
Lighthouse Pictures Party, Shangri-La Hotel, September 27
The Vancouver International Film Festival marked its kickoff weekend with a lineup of red-carpet parties and galas. The festival began with the 12th annual Brightlight Pictures Red Carpet Party, hosted by Shawn Williamson at CinCin Ristorante. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson was among the actors, directors and producers walking the red carpet.
On the other side of town, the gala screening of Nebraska at the Centre for Performing Arts had movie star and Saturday Night Live alum Will Forte in attendance. Following the screening, guests celebrated at the VIFF opening gala at The Vancouver Club.
The following evening Lighthouse Pictures had its annual party at the Shangri-La Hotel, featuring Entertainment Tonight Canada's Rick Campanelli as the host of the red carpet festivities.