VIFF 2014: #mustseeBC boosts buzz about B.C. films

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      Last year, the Vancouver International Film Festival launched their B.C. Spotlight program, to highlight the best in B.C. filmmaking.

      It's back again this year, and so is the participatory #mustseeBC social-media campaign, in which audiences can help to get the buzz going about homegrown cinematic fare.

      Starting today (September 11), audiences can watch the trailers for the 13 films, which includes thrillers, dramas, comedies, and documentaries, in the series at the #mustseeBC website.

      The films are:

      • Black Fly (dir. Jason Bourque)

      • Bloody Knuckles (dir. Matt O’Mahoney) 

      • The Boy From Geita (dir. Vic Sarin)

      • Everything Will Be (dir. Julia Kwan)

      • Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (dir. Grant Baldwin)

      • Martin’s Pink Pickle (dir. René Brar)

      • Preggoland (dir. Jacob Tierney)

      • The Pristine Coast (dir. Scott Renyard)

      • Sitting On the Edge of Marlene (dir. Ana Valine) 

      • Songs She Wrote About People She Knows (dir. Kris Elgstrand)

      • Turbulence (dir. Soran Mardookhi)

      • Two 4 One (dir. Maureen Bradley)

      • Violent (dir. Andrew Huculiak)

      Viewers can then vote for the film they want to see the most. The film that receives the most votes wins the screening slot at the BC Spotlight Awards and Gala on October 4.

      What's more, viewers who tweet @VIFFest with the #mustseeBC and #TweetForTickets hashtag will be entered in prize draws for screenings and events. Visit the website for a full prize-draw schedule.

      Also, stay tuned: On September 26, VIFF will launch the #mustseeBC Filmmakers Blog, which will feature updates from filmmakers who participated in the 2013 and 2014 B.C. Spotlight.

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