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VIFF: To see and be seen, party on cinefolks

VANCOUVER – Sweetie darlings, start your engines. The parties are about to begin.

In fact, schmoozing at the 28th annual Vancouver International Film Festival has already started. On Wednesday evening not one but two events helped VIFF aficionados kick off their annual attempt to drink, eat and view too much: Women in Film & Television Vancouver hosted its popular Martini Madness at Edge on Granville, while in the Versailles Ballroom at the Sutton Place Hotel, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television honoured its Western nominees for the 24th annual Gemini Awards celebrating the best in English-language Canadian television.

But the real checkered flag to start the race for the buffet table will be first waved Thursday at 5 p.m., when Rogers Telefund vice-chair Philip Lind hosts an intimate bash at Yaletown’s Blue Water Cafe. Attendees had better keep an eye on their alcohol intake, because Rogers is also hosting the opening- night gala film, Vic Sarin’s A Shine of Rainbows, in a 7 p.m. screening at Granville 7.

After that comes the venerable opening-night gala, which takes place in the Rocky Mountaineer train station on the False Creek flats.

“The opening gala is probably better at the Rocky Mountaineer,” says veteran attendee and Sun society columnist Malcolm Parry. “They used to hold it at the courthouse, which never seemed to me to be a good locale for these functions. Its entrance and egress is easier; you don’t have to worm your way up the stairs past the commissionaires, as you did at the courthouse.”

Parry wisely notes that the opening bash is better off in its new locale, which is not far from the middle of nowhere and thus keeps its attendees from simply wandering out the door to nearby watering holes – there ain’t any.

Official VIFF parties then include a Sponsor Gala on Oct. 10 at the festival’s headquarters on Seymour Street and a Closing Gala on Oct. 16 at the Hyatt.

“They tend to be rather restrained,” says Parry. “There doesn’t seem to be a lot of focus, it’s just a big room with a lot of people. The last one seems to be very popular because they serve a ton of food.”

While you can buy your way in to the VIFF galas, it’s invitation-only for a couple of other key events. On Friday night, CinCin will be packed to its warm Tuscan rafters for the annual Brightlight Pictures party, a crush of movie moguls and mavens with genuine cred.

But watch out, Brightlight, because coming up quickly from behind is the growing glow of Talelight Films and its soiree dubbed The Talelight Night. Talelight co-owners Jeff Richards and James Upton host the event at the Opus Hotel on Oct. 8; if you can’t bring some grub to give to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, fork over the hard cash in support of a good cause.

“It’s one that’s coming along strongly,” says Parry, “and seems to be building up steam.”

Source: Canwest News Service

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VIFF: To see and be seen, party on cinefolks

VANCOUVER – Sweetie darlings, start your engines. The parties are about to begin.

In fact, schmoozing at the 28th annual Vancouver International Film Festival has already started. On Wednesday evening not one but two events helped VIFF aficionados kick off their annual attempt to drink, eat and view too much: Women in Film & Television Vancouver hosted its popular Martini Madness at Edge on Granville, while in the Versailles Ballroom at the Sutton Place Hotel, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television honoured its Western nominees for the 24th annual Gemini Awards celebrating the best in English-language Canadian television.

But the real checkered flag to start the race for the buffet table will be first waved Thursday at 5 p.m., when Rogers Telefund vice-chair Philip Lind hosts an intimate bash at Yaletown’s Blue Water Cafe. Attendees had better keep an eye on their alcohol intake, because Rogers is also hosting the opening- night gala film, Vic Sarin’s A Shine of Rainbows, in a 7 p.m. screening at Granville 7.

After that comes the venerable opening-night gala, which takes place in the Rocky Mountaineer train station on the False Creek flats.

“The opening gala is probably better at the Rocky Mountaineer,” says veteran attendee and Sun society columnist Malcolm Parry. “They used to hold it at the courthouse, which never seemed to me to be a good locale for these functions. Its entrance and egress is easier; you don’t have to worm your way up the stairs past the commissionaires, as you did at the courthouse.”

Parry wisely notes that the opening bash is better off in its new locale, which is not far from the middle of nowhere and thus keeps its attendees from simply wandering out the door to nearby watering holes – there ain’t any.

Official VIFF parties then include a Sponsor Gala on Oct. 10 at the festival’s headquarters on Seymour Street and a Closing Gala on Oct. 16 at the Hyatt.

“They tend to be rather restrained,” says Parry. “There doesn’t seem to be a lot of focus, it’s just a big room with a lot of people. The last one seems to be very popular because they serve a ton of food.”

While you can buy your way in to the VIFF galas, it’s invitation-only for a couple of other key events. On Friday night, CinCin will be packed to its warm Tuscan rafters for the annual Brightlight Pictures party, a crush of movie moguls and mavens with genuine cred.

But watch out, Brightlight, because coming up quickly from behind is the growing glow of Talelight Films and its soiree dubbed The Talelight Night. Talelight co-owners Jeff Richards and James Upton host the event at the Opus Hotel on Oct. 8; if you can’t bring some grub to give to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, fork over the hard cash in support of a good cause.

“It’s one that’s coming along strongly,” says Parry, “and seems to be building up steam.”

Source: Canwest News Service

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Headline, Industry News

VIFF: To see and be seen, party on cinefolks

VANCOUVER – Sweetie darlings, start your engines. The parties are about to begin.

In fact, schmoozing at the 28th annual Vancouver International Film Festival has already started. On Wednesday evening not one but two events helped VIFF aficionados kick off their annual attempt to drink, eat and view too much: Women in Film & Television Vancouver hosted its popular Martini Madness at Edge on Granville, while in the Versailles Ballroom at the Sutton Place Hotel, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television honoured its Western nominees for the 24th annual Gemini Awards celebrating the best in English-language Canadian television.

But the real checkered flag to start the race for the buffet table will be first waved Thursday at 5 p.m., when Rogers Telefund vice-chair Philip Lind hosts an intimate bash at Yaletown’s Blue Water Cafe. Attendees had better keep an eye on their alcohol intake, because Rogers is also hosting the opening- night gala film, Vic Sarin’s A Shine of Rainbows, in a 7 p.m. screening at Granville 7.

After that comes the venerable opening-night gala, which takes place in the Rocky Mountaineer train station on the False Creek flats.

“The opening gala is probably better at the Rocky Mountaineer,” says veteran attendee and Sun society columnist Malcolm Parry. “They used to hold it at the courthouse, which never seemed to me to be a good locale for these functions. Its entrance and egress is easier; you don’t have to worm your way up the stairs past the commissionaires, as you did at the courthouse.”

Parry wisely notes that the opening bash is better off in its new locale, which is not far from the middle of nowhere and thus keeps its attendees from simply wandering out the door to nearby watering holes – there ain’t any.

Official VIFF parties then include a Sponsor Gala on Oct. 10 at the festival’s headquarters on Seymour Street and a Closing Gala on Oct. 16 at the Hyatt.

“They tend to be rather restrained,” says Parry. “There doesn’t seem to be a lot of focus, it’s just a big room with a lot of people. The last one seems to be very popular because they serve a ton of food.”

While you can buy your way in to the VIFF galas, it’s invitation-only for a couple of other key events. On Friday night, CinCin will be packed to its warm Tuscan rafters for the annual Brightlight Pictures party, a crush of movie moguls and mavens with genuine cred.

But watch out, Brightlight, because coming up quickly from behind is the growing glow of Talelight Films and its soiree dubbed The Talelight Night. Talelight co-owners Jeff Richards and James Upton host the event at the Opus Hotel on Oct. 8; if you can’t bring some grub to give to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, fork over the hard cash in support of a good cause.

“It’s one that’s coming along strongly,” says Parry, “and seems to be building up steam.”

Source: Canwest News Service

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