Back for its 15th year, the annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) opens this Thursday, November 3. A showcase for independent North American Asian filmmakers, VAFF is a rare opportunity to see a wide-range of works—from dramas and comedies to documentaries—that, while incredibly diverse, share one thing in common: an Asian-North American point-of-view that is often overlooked in mainstream cinema.
Highlights of the 2011 VAFF include the comedy Almost Perfect, starring X-Men 2‘s Kelly Hu and Hong Kong star Edison Chen, the documentary Big In Bollywood, which follows the journey of Indo-American actor Omi Vaidya from Hollywood unknown to Bollywood celebrity, and the drama Ashes, featuring Ajay Naidu, Faran Tahir and Piper Perabo.
Each day of VAFF is divided into themed presentations, with categories that include Canadian Asian Stories, Life in Transit and Chicks on Flicks. A full schedule of films is available at the VAFF site, where you can also buy tickets online.
All films will be shown at the Cineplex Odeon at the International Village Cinemas. The Vancouver Asian Film Festival runs from November 3 – 6, 2011.