Events

Events

Please note: All VIWFF events are virtual and will be streamed live online through Zoom or on the VIWFF platform.

Incite Inclusion Panel

Free Event – Live on Zoom
1:00PM – March 8th

VIWFF hosts a conversation with major government film and television funding agencies and organizations as we challenge ourselves—and the systems that support our film and television industry in Canada—to become more inclusive and representative.

The Incite Inclusion Panel is a free event. Register via Zoom.

Moderator: Ana de Lara, WIFTV Co-President, Filmmaker

Panelists:
Barb Williams, Executive Vice-President, CBC
Cathy Wong, Vice President, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and Official Languages, Telefilm Canada
Claude Joli-Coeur, Commissioner and President, National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
Doreen Manuel, MFA, Director, Bosa Centre for Film & Animation & Inclusive Community Projects
Joan Jenkinson, Executive Director, Black Screen Office
Lisa Valencia-Svensson, Managing Director, REMC – Racial Equity Media Collective
Robert Wong, Vice President, Creative BC
Valerie Creighton, C.M., S.O.M., President and CEO, Canada Media Fund (CMF)

Opening Night Film:
Donkeyhead

Live on the VIWFF Platform
5:00PM – March 8th

VIWFF is excited to present a one night only screening of Agam Darshi’s film Donkeyhead prior to its theatrical release.

Donkeyhead follows as Mona, a failed writer, carves out a life of isolation while caring for her ailing traditional Sikh father, but when he has a debilitating stroke her three successful siblings show up on her doorstep determined to take control of the situation. 

The limited screening will be followed by a live Q&A with the filmmakers as they discuss the process of creating this film.

Moderator:
Anaïsa Visser

Panelists:
Agam Darshi
Husein Madhavji
Sandy Sidhu
Stephen Lobo

Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of
Empathy

Live on the VIWFF Platform
5:00PM – March 10th

VIWFF in association with NFB presents a screening of Elle-Maija Tailfeathers’ documentary Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of
Empathy
.

Follow filmmaker Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers as she creates an intimate portrait of her community and the impacts of the substance use and overdose epidemic. Witness the change brought by community members with substance-use disorder, first responders and medical professionals as they strive for harm reduction in the Kainai First Nation.

This screening will be followed by a live, virtual panel with the filmmakers.

Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy is additionally offered as a single screening without the live panel. Tickets can be found on the Features page.

Moderator:
Alex Lazarowich

Panelists:
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Dr. Tailfeathers

Special Presentation: Querencia

Live on the VIWFF Platform
5:00PM – March 11th

VIWFF in association with Women in the Director’s Chair is pleased to be hosting for the first time a limited web-series at our 2022 film festival.

Directed by Mary Galloway, Querencia follows the story of two opposite Indigenous women, Daka and Abe, as they navigate their dreams and newfound relationship with each other. 

Following the screening of Querencia, a live virtual panel will be conducted with the series creators to answer questions about the series’ production.

Querencia is additionally offered as a single screening without the live panel. Tickets can be found on the Features page.

Moderato:
Smita Acharyya

Panelists:
Mary Galloway
Kaitlyn Yott
Jessie Anthony

Screenplay Competition Panel

Free Event – Live on Zoom
1:00PM – March 12th

A conversation with the ten finalists of this year’s VIWFF Screenplay Competition.

The VIWFF Screenplay Competition Panel is a free event and open to all film lovers.

Moderator:
Joan MacBeth

Special Guest:
Felicity Wren – ISA

Panelists:
Alyssa Biller
Ashley Brown
Jordan Phillips
Mugs Cahill
Nicole Donadio
Sandra Fox-Sohner
Maria Sigrist
Tita Magdeline Kyrtsakas
Dee Raffo
Mary Robbins
Emily Schoen
Bridget Visser

Closing Feature: Run Woman Run

Live on the VIWFF Platform
5:00PM – March 12th

Run Woman Run follows single mother Beck who has been running from reality. Her “breakfast of champions”is a 5 cream, 5 sugar coffee and donuts. Something has to give and it does when Beck finds herself in a diabetic coma and visited by a ghostly ancestor, the legendary Indigenous marathon runner Tom Longboat, who becomes her wise cracking new life coach. Told with a lighthearted touch, Run Woman Run is a feel-good anti-rom-com about a woman who has to tackle the ghosts of her past before she can run toward a new future.

Alongside the screening, director Zoe Leigh Hopkins will participate in a live, virtual Q&A to discuss her film.

Run Woman Run is additionally offered as a single screening without the live Q&A. Tickets can be found on the Features page.

Panelist:
Zoe Leigh Hopkins

Awards Ceremony

Free Event – Live on Zoom
4:00PM – March 13th

VIWFF is excited to present a range of awards to our filmmakers, including the following:

Best Feature
Best Performance
Best Cinematography
Best Screenplay (Festival)
Best Editing
Best Direction
Best Documentary
Impact Award

Best Musical Score
Best Screenplay (Competition)
Best Short
Best Direction in a Short
Best Cinematography in a Short
Best Performance in a Short
Best Editing in a Short
Impact Award – Shorts


The VIWFF Awards Ceremony is a free event and open to all film lovers.

VIWFF is proud to showcase the work of artists from across Turtle Island and beyond. Our offices are located on the unceded, traditional, and ancestral territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

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