The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors the Your Kontinent Richmond International Film and Media Arts Festival
The Your Kontinent Richmond International Film and Media Arts Festival takes place this Friday to Sunday (July 20 to 22) at various Richmond venues including the Richmond Cultural Centre (7700 Minoru Gate). The festival organized by the City of Richmond and Cinevolution Media Arts Society features more than a dozen international films, multimedia performances, and workshops.
This year’s festival kicks off with the You+Me Youth Media Day on Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year’s day-long special event organized by youth for youth includes film screenings, discussion forums, and hands-on workshops around the theme of social media and social engagement. Later on in the day, screenings of the films Zero Silence: A Film About the Free World, a documentary about how youth in the Middle East use social media and the Internet to voice their concerns, and RIP: A Remix Manifesto, a documentary exploring copyright and file sharing on the Internet, will take place at the Richmond Cultural Centre’s performance hall. At night, from 7:30 p.m. until midnight, a digital carnival featuring DJs, hip-hop artists, video installation, and animation will take over Minoru Plaza.
On Saturday, a special Dim Sum Movie presentation at Shiang Garden Seafood Restaurant (2200-4540 No. 3 Road) will feature foodie films The Raw and the Cooked and A Cup of Wine alongside an eight-piece dim sum sampler from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. In the afternoon, screenings of The Dance of Two Left Feet, Hospitalité, and Chinese Bubble will take place. From 7 to 8 p.m., an interdisciplinary performance that includes dance, music, video, text, and more by featured artist Margaret Dragu will take place at the Rotunda.
Several more films will be shown on Sunday, including Canadian drama Romeo Eleven, Japanese movie Dendera, Taiwanese documentary The Long Goodbye, French documentary Draw Yourself, Finnish documentary Canned Dreams, and German and Turkish comedy Almanya: Welcome to Germany. The festival will conclude with Theatre Under the Sky, a special outdoor movie presentation of U.K. animated flick Lost and Found and Taiwanese romantic-comedy The Soul of Bread from 7 to 11 p.m. at Minoru Plaza.
Tickets for single screenings start at 8 p.m., while tickets to multimedia performances run from $10 to $15. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Richmond Cultural Centre box office, by phone at 604-247-8300, or online.