What to see at this year’s Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

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Scene from Across the Ice.

Now in its 18th year, the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (Feb. 13-21) brings the best movies about the outdoors to various venues in the city. Special guests and niche programming make it a not-to-be-missed event, especially for the outdoors-inclined.

But what if you’re a novice to the whole mountain-sports thing? We asked Tom Wright, Programming Manager for the VIMFF, for some inside tips on what to see at this year’s VIMFF.

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What to see at this year’s Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

European Union Film Festival kicks off tonight with Italian romance, Latvian animated memoir

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Recent award winners, national blockbusters, festival circuit faves, Oscar submissions and even three all-ages screenings make up this year’s European Film Festival.

Now in its 17th year, the festival collects the best and brightest from the European Union. This year that means screen entries from 27 member states, beginning tonight (Nov. 21) and running until Dec. 4 at the Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.).

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European Union Film Festival kicks off tonight with Italian romance, Latvian animated memoir

Mountain-climbing in Yosemite and other tales of derring-do at this year’s Vancouver Int’l Mountain Film Festival

Ptor Spricenieks, skiier and filmmaker, will be at this year's Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival.

Ptor Spricenieks, skiier and filmmaker, will be at this year’s Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival.

A documentary that tells the story of the counterculture of rock-climbing in Yosemite National Park kicks of this year’s Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival.

The annual event celebrates the best of outdoors and wilderness films. This year’s offers not only Valley Uprising, about three generations of climbers in Yosemite, but a number of other films that will appeal to the adventurers, armchair and otherwise, among us.

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Mountain-climbing in Yosemite and other tales of derring-do at this year’s Vancouver Int’l Mountain Film Festival

Vancouver Serbian Film Festival March 12 – March 15

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Ginger. Photo courtesy Vancouver Serbian Film Festival.

Some of the latest cinema from the Balkans comes to the 6th annual Vancouver Serbian Film Festival. The Festival runs March 12 to March 15, 2013 at Collingwood Cinemas, 3215 Kingsway.

This year’s highlights include a drama about the aftermath of a suicide and two documentaries – one about one of the greatest basketball players to ever come out of Europe, the other about a film with an unlikely popularity in China.

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Vancouver Serbian Film Festival March 12 – March 15

5 Vancouver Film Festivals in November 2011

A scene from Mobul ("The Flood"), screening at the 2011 Vancouver Jewish Film Festival

Rain got you down? Get out of the cold and into a theatre! Fall is the season for Vancouver film festivals, and even though the Vancouver Asian Film Festival just ended, there are five more film fests coming up in November 2011, bringing an eclectic array of films from around the world to a cinema near you.

5 Vancouver Film Festivals in November / December 2011

1. Vancouver Serbian Film Festival November 9 – 12, 2011
Now in its fourth year, the VSFF showcases some of Serbia’s most talked-about movies. Featuring four films and three documentaries, this short fest happens at Denman Cinemas at 1770 Comox Street, Vancouver.

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5 Vancouver Film Festivals in November 2011

Vancouver Women in Film Festival March 4 – 6, 2011

Organized by the Women In Film & Television Vancouver (WIFTV) and taking place at Vancity Theatre, the 6th annual Vancouver Women in Film Festival (WIFF) is a chance to support Canadian women filmmakers, see new and innovative film work, and meet industry leaders in professional workshops, receptions, panels, and more.

Showcasing five feature-length films and over 40 shorts, the WIFF addresses a wide range of styles and topics, including Tara Hungerford’s short documentary profiling 12 BC-based artists, including William Gibson and Sarah McLachlan, Wendy Ord and Glen Samuel’s short film TORA, set in the Japanese Internment Camps in World War II and starring David Suzuki in his first acting role, and Sisters in Arms, Beth Freeman’s feature documentary on three military women sent to fight in Afghanistan.

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Vancouver Women in Film Festival March 4 – 6, 2011

Vancouver Fall / Winter Film Festivals 2010 – A Complete List

Cinephiles and anyone looking for a perfect rainy day activity need look no further than the near non-stop film festivals in and around Vancouver this fall / winter. The Vancouver Serbian FilmFest ends today, November 12, but there are plenty of other festivals soon to come!

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Vancouver Fall / Winter Film Festivals 2010 – A Complete List