Gaylene Preston heads for Canada’s Vancouver IFF next month to present Hope and Wire and to judge for the Best Canadian Film competition.
VIFF hands out four cash awards, all for Canadian filmmakers. It also presents five vox pop gongs, two of which are open to international films.
Hope and Wire will screen in VIFF on 5 and 6 October, with a screening of the entire series at the Vancouver Film Centre outside the festival on 19 October. Hope and Wire was funded by NZ On Air’s Platinum Fund and broadcast here on TV3.
VIFF Director of Programming, Alan Franey, called Hope and Wire “an unprecedented and truly extraordinary screen-event”, saying, “It captures a complex and extraordinary situation vividly and humanely.”
Preston has a long-standing relationship with the Vancouver International Film Festival. She explained, “Since Ruby and Rata screened there, my films have found a warm and appreciative audience at VIFF. It’s great that the Festival is going to honour Hope and Wire in the same way.”
Earlier this year Preston was a mentor director in Vancouver for the Canadian Creative Women’s Workshops programme, Women In The Director’s Chair.
This year VIFF is sort of in new hands. After 26 years, CEO and Festival Director Alan Franey has stepped sideways into the Director of Programming role.
Jacqueline Dupuis takes over as Executive Director, having last year launched the VIFF British Columbia Spotlight programme, which became the festival’s best-attended programme strand ever.
Following up on the obvious attraction of local material, this year she’ll focus on the conference programme, focusing it firmly on local issues – not least of which is Vancouver and BC’s strong (and strongly-incentivised) offer for inbound productions across film, TV and game development.
The 33rd Vancouver International Film Festival runs 25 September – 10 October. VIFF’s industry conference runs 1 -3 October.