VANCOUVER, BC, March 03, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The 2012 Canadian International Film Festival (CIFF) returns to Vancouver to screen indie films representing a variety of global filmmakers and the issues they explore. Over 25 international productions, including 8 Canadian films will be showcased at the Edgewater Casino's Stadium Club Theatre, April 1, 2012.
This year's highlights include The Lady of Names, a feature animation about a beautiful librarian who discovers the power of magic when an ill-conceived wish catapults her into the world of fairy tales; It's in the Blood, when a father and son become stranded in the wild, they must confront the horrors of their past to escape with their lives; 7 Years Underground: A 60's Tale, Cafe Au Go Go opened its doors on February 7. A historic arrest, and the international press it garnered would put the Cafe Au Go Go on the entertainment world map; For God and Ulster, a former terrorist, is haunted by his career in Northern Ireland as a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force; After giving birth to their first child, a couple suspects their newborn baby is plotting to kill them; based on a short story by legendary sci-fi author Ray Bradbury presents The Small Assassin.
CIFF is gaining a reputation for its wide variety of film genres, and has quickly garnered a respected following for its dynamic selections. To better showcase the films, CIFF has relocated to the Edgewater Casino. Located on Vancouver's iconic sea wall, the casino boasts three, 18ft high-definition, projection screens, and 290 stadium-style seats. The festival kicks off with Filmmakers and Screenwriters Networking Dinner and ends with an awards ceremony featuring juried and audience awarded prizing.
"For many of the filmmakers, this is the chance for them to see their work in true theatrical style," said Festival Director, William Young. "Unless you're producing a major motion picture the chances of seeing it on the big screen is virtually nonexistent. Film festivals like ours allow independent film makers to show their projects the way they are meant to be seen, and this year's venue insures there will be no compromise to that vision."
Last year, the CIFF Grand Jury - award-winning film was Seducing Charlie Baker (USA), with Falling Before Falling (Canada) picking up the accolade for Best of Canada.
About the CIFF www.canadafilmfestival.com
Held each year in Vancouver, BC, the festival brings the very best of world cinema to Canada and has exhibited films from over 90 countries around the world. The 2012 Canada International Film Festival will be held Saturday, March 31, to Sunday, April 1, at Scarlet Tapas Lounge and at Edgewater Casino's Stadium Club Theatre. This year will kick off the first Filmmakers and Screenwriters Networking Dinner on Saturday at Scarlet Tapas Lounge. Continuing the program on Sunday at the Edgewater Casino's Stadium Club Theatre, where a wide variety of North American and international feature films as well as thought-provoking shorts, documentaries, music videos, animations, experimental films, student films, and more will be showcased.
The Lady Of Names - Adam Ciolfi
A beautiful librarian discovers the power of magic when an ill-conceived wish catapults her into the world of fairy tales. She falls into the clutches of the Troll King, a monster obsessed with imprisoning all the fairy tale folk. Her only hope for rescue is Zack Driscoll, a young handyman in love with her. Armed with knowledge, Zack and his friends' race back to the tower thereby setting the stage for the last epic battle between our heroes and the armies of the Troll King.
It's in the Blood - Scooter Downey
When a father and son become stranded in the wild, they must confront the horrors of their past to escape with their lives.
7 Years Underground: A 60s Tale - Jason M. Solomon
In 1964, co-club owners, Howard and Elly Solomon were finally granted "unique" cabaret license and the Cafe Au Go Go opened its doors on February 7. Six weeks later with mounting legal bills and depleting funds the couple were quickly going out of business. With few options, Howard and Elly made a desperate, late minute attempt to keep the club open and reached out to popular comedian, Lenny Bruce. Two days into Lenny's performance he was arrested and booked for obscenity charges, alone with Howard and Elly. That historic arrest, and the international press it garnered would put the Cafe Au Go Go on the entertainment world map.
For God and Ulster - Gregory Breen
Fred Smith is a broken man. A former terrorist, he is haunted by his career in Northern Ireland as a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force. Now he talks over his past with therapist Dr. Andrea O'Donnell, and long buried secrets are about to be revealed.
The Small Assassin - Chris Charles
After giving birth to their first child, a couple suspects their newborn baby is plotting to kill them. As time passes Alice's depression takes a turn for the worse, and she becomes convinced that the baby is conspiring against her. David must decide if his wife is loosing her mind, or if the child is plotting their doom. 'The Small Assassin' is based on the short story by legendary sci-fi author Ray Bradbury.