2011 Canada International Film Festival Set To Kick Off In Vancouver

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Vancouver based film festival showcases independent films from around the world.

“The Canada International Film Festival brings the very best of world cinema to Vancouver.” - Festival Director, Sarah Breitenbach.

The 2011 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 3, 2011.

This year’s highlights include Fallen Before Falling, a film which follows a successful actress as she moves to her 'safe place' at an abandoned farm to face her fears, all while her mental state is questionable. Behind Your Eyes is a gritty story about a couple kidnapped and held hostage that turns into a fight for their lives against their mysterious abductor. Empty days are given new hope, but when the calls abruptly end a devastated Anna is compelled to surprising action to fill the unbearable void in The Secret Friend. Veteran actress Viola Harris (Deconstructing Harry, 1997) gives an indelible performance alongside Siobhan Fallon (Men in Black, 1997) in this poignant and subtly playful story. Finally, Seducing Charlie Barker is a dark satire of the Manhattan entertainment industry in which a gifted actor begins his fall from grace as he encounters a chameleon-like social climber.

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, Sarah Breitenbach. “Film festivals like ours allow independent film makers to show their projects the way they are meant to be seen, and our incredible venue, The Edgewater Casino, insure there will be no compromise to that vision.”

Last year, the CIFF Grand Jury Award-winning film was Peaceful Kingdom (USA), with Gangster Exchange (Canada) picking up the accolade for Best of Canada.

About the CIFF http://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 2011 Canada International Film Festival will be held Saturday, April 2, to Sunday April 3 at Edgewater Casino’s Stadium Club Theatre. This year will kick off the first Filmmakers and Screenwriters Networking Dinner on Saturday at RedxRed Vodka Bar and Resturant. 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.

For Media Enquiries, contact:

Canada International Film Festival
Sarah Breitenbach
press(at)canadafilmfestival(dot)com
604.608.5522

Interviews available with: Sarah Breitenbach – Festival Director

Fallen Before Falling
As an abused child, Anastasia would close her eyes and picture sitting in the middle of a field. Following a breakdown, she rents an abandoned farm as a haven of peace; hoping isolation will help her tackle her demons.

Behind Your Eyes
Young couple, Erika and Steven, embarks on a weekend retreat to meet Steven's parents. When the couple is kidnapped and held hostage, it's a fight for their lives against their mysterious abductor.

The Secret Friend
A reclusive, elderly widow, Anna Marshall, lives in quiet desperation following her husband’s death until she begins receiving daily phone calls from a silent stranger. At first Anna finds the calls intrusive, but as the calls continue unabated Anna finds herself waiting for her phone to ring with growing anticipation prompting her to reach out to her silent prankster.

Seducing Charlie Barker
Seducing Charlie Barker is the story of an actor on the downward swing of a marginal career who tosses aside his best friend, his wife, and ultimately his sanity for Clea, a modern day incubus looking to make the scene in New York City.

Select CIFF 2011 Screenings – By Title
(Full screening schedule available at: http://canadafilmfestival.com)

Canadian:

Fallen Before Falling        
Sunday, April 3, 9:00am, Edgewater Casino

Shorts:

The Secret Friend            
Sunday, April 3, 5:35pm (Short film Block 3), Edgewater Casino

Features:

Behind Your Eyes            
Sunday, April 3, 3:55pm, Edgewater Casino

Seducing Charlie Barker     
Sunday, April 3, 7:25pm, Edgewater Casino

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