Skiing, Mountain Biking and Rock Climbing: What to See at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Fall Series

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Fall Series poster with photo of a mountain biker descending a slope

Vancouver is an outdoorsy town. Both locals and visitors love the easy access to hiking, mountain biking, skiing, rock climbing and more. So it’s no surprise that Vancouver has it’s very own mountain film festival: the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF). It’s a great way to spend a cozy evening indoors watching inspiring films and listening to accomplished speakers. 

The main festival runs every February, but Vancouverites couldn’t get enough, so there is an annual Fall Speaker series as well. This year, the series runs from November 14th to 18th at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver and the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver. There are four separate shows. 

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Skiing, Mountain Biking and Rock Climbing: What to See at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Fall Series

5 Must-See Movies at the 2013 Vancouver International Film Fest

Photo sourced from Vancouver International Film Festival website

Photo sourced from Vancouver International Film Festival website

It’s Cannes, TIFF and Sundance all rolled into one (well, for Vancouver, at least).

The 32nd instalment of the Vancouver International Film Festival runs Sept. 26-Oct. 11. The event features more than 340 films from 70 countries, screened at nine theatres across the city.  An estimated 150,000 viewers turn out for the best in world and Canadian cinema.

Top Canadian flicks will be profiled by our blogger Miranda. (Stay tuned!)  In the meantime, here are five international films not to be missed at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival.

The LunchboxFrom India comes this feel-good movie about an unlikely romance between a neglected housewife and widowed office worker.  Every morning, Ila prepares her cold fish of a husband extra-special lunches, delivered to his office by Mumbai’s lunch couriers.  When the orders get mixed up, however, her lovingly prepared meals end up going to solitary Saajan, and a tiffin-based romance is born.  Showtimes.

Ilo IloWhen a poor Filipino maid arrives at the home of a middle-class Singapore family, all of their lives are changed forever.  The bittersweet drama explores the relationship between maid Teresa and the family’s rascal of a son, Jiale, which is put to the test when the parents face economic and personal crises.  This debut film from Singapore’s Anthony Chen took home a Camera d’Or at Cannes this year.  Showtimes. Continue reading:
5 Must-See Movies at the 2013 Vancouver International Film Fest