A group of Irish film-lovers have come together to organize the Vancouver Irish Film Festival (VIFF), reflecting on Vancouver’s thriving film industry, as well as the best in Irish cinema.
Following the launch in June, plans are in place to extend the festival to a three-day event later in the year. The programme will include Irish shorts and features, along with some excellent Irish-Canadian co-productions.
VIFF launch night takes place on Saturday, June 16, at the beautiful setting of Vancity Theatre, where the new release Irish feature film The Drummer and the Keeper will be screened, followed by an after party with traditional Irish music.
The Drummer and the Keeper tells the story of the unlikely friendship formed between two young men: Gabriel, a reckless young drummer, who revels in rejecting society’s rules, and Christopher, a 17-year-old, dealing with Asperger’s Syndrome, who yearns to fit in.
The film is written and directed by Nick Kelly, whose short film Shoe was shortlisted for an Academy Award, and produced by Kate McColgan for Calico Pictures (From the Dark), with support from the Irish Film Board.
VIFF is generously supported by the Irish Embassy in Canada and local Irish businesses in Vancouver.