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VIFF 2016 Unveils Ambitious Canadian Feature Film Slate, Including ‘Mean Dreams,’ ‘Old Stone’ and ‘Weirdos’

The annual festival has unveiled its Canadian Images and Future//Present lineup.

Mean Dreams

“Mean Dreams”

The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) has today announced 22 additional Canadian feature films in two series, Canadian Images and Future//Present. These films join 10 British Columbia-produced features announced previously to create one of the largest annual showcases of Canadian cinema in the world. Standouts include Nathan Morlando’s Cannes premiere “Mean Dreams,” Johnny Ma’s “Old Stone” and Bruce McDonald’s “Weirdos.”

The longstanding Canadian Images series will once again feature some of the country’s best narrative films and documentaries, while the new Future//Present series highlights the work of emerging independent filmmakers from across the country. Future//Present promises to “bring together the most talented, bold and distinct voices in Canadian film.”

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As part of its commitment to Canadian filmmakers, VIFF offers three cash awards to celebrate outstanding achievements in filmmaking: $10,000 for Best Canadian Film,  $2,000 for Emerging Canadian Director and $15,000 for Best Canadian Documentary. This year’s VIFF runs from September 29 – October 14. Check out some programming picks below.

Canadian Images

“1:54” (dir. Yan England)
“Darwin” (dir. Benjamin Duffield)
“King Dave” (dir. Daniel Grou a.k.a. Podz)
“Living With Giants” (dirs. Sebastien Rist, Aude Leroux-Lévesque)
“Maliglutit” (dir. Zacharias Kunuk)
“Mean Dreams” (dir. Nathan Morlando)
“Nelly” (dir. Anne Émond)
“Of Ink and Blood” (dir. Alexis Fortier-Gauthier, Maxim Rhéault, Francis Fortin)
“Old Stone” (dir. Johnny Ma)
“Quebec My Country Mon Pays” (dir. John Walker)
“The Other Half” (dir. Joey Klein)
“We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice” (dir. Alanis Obomsawin)
“Weirdos” (dir. Bruce McDonald)
“Where the Universe Sings: The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harris” (dirs. Nancy Lang, Peter Raymont)


“The Intestine” (dir. Lev Lewis)
“Lights Above Water” (dirs. Nicolas Lachapelle, Ariel St-Louis Lamoureux)
“The Lockpicker” (dir. Randall Okita)
“Maudite Poutine” (dir. Karl Lemieux)
“Never Eat Alone” (dir. Sofia Bohdanowicz)
“Split” (dir. Lawrence Côté-Collins)
“Tales of Two Who Dreamt” (dir. Andrea Bussmann, Nicolás Pereda)
“Werewolf” (dir. Ashley McKenzie)

Check out the trailer for the Future//Present lineup below:

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