First Look at VIFF 2012

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While Toronto prepares for the onslaught of stars and director to take over Toronto, the West Coast is preparing for its own bit of artsy goodness as the Vancouver International Film Festival begins to share news of this year’s festival.

Running September 27th to October 12th, this year’s festival has already announced a number of titles that are worthy of cinephile salivation; this is what happens when they start with Cannes Highlights and award winners.

Must sees already announced include Michael Haneke’s Palm d’Or winning Amor, Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt (trailer) and Ira Sachs’ touching romance Keep the Lights On. Other titles of note include Rodney Ascher’s Room 237, a documentary on the meaning of The Shining, Léos Carax’s crazy looking Holy Motors (trailer), Ben Lewin’s Sundance favourite The Sessions (trailer) and Nikolaj Arcel’s gorgeous looking period drama A Royal Affair (trailer) starring the ever fabulous Mads Mikkelsen.

A host more titles are available at the VIFF website and while we wait for more announcements, here are a few key dates to note:

Sept. 1 – Sneak Preview Guides Hit The Street
Sept. 10 – VIFF Advance Box Office Opens
Sept. 15 – VIFF Official Program Catalogue On Sale
Sept. 26 – VIFF Film + TV Forum Starts
Sept. 27 – VIFF Opens. Yeah!

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Again… Selling tickets before the program is out. I do believe that is my single biggest pet peeve about VIFF… and if thats the biggest problem… they must be doing stuff OK.

Jandy Hardesty

I think a lot of fests do this, don’t they? Or maybe they just have the passes on sale early, not individual tickets. I know TCM Fest has passes on sale in like September, but they’re announcing films all the way up until the fest starts, almost, in April.

This irritates me in music fests, too. I don’t want to buy a pass before I know what bands are playing, thanks very much. But you just about have to, or they sell out.


I think you’re totally right Jandy except at VIFF the passes and tickets go on sale at the same time. For me, it’s more of a pet peeve than anything else.