The 2013 VIFF red carpet film party for the Canadian Images Opening lit up the Shangri La Hotel on Friday, September 27th.
Presented by Lighthouse Pictures, the event was hosted by Rick Campanelli for ET Canada, who set the precedence for the dress code, looking extra classy in his traditional black and white tuxedo.
Directors, writers, producers and actors followed suit in extravagant evening gowns, designer outfits and even leather jackets.
Canadian films that won awards at this year's festival:
Lawrence & Holloman (Canada,88 min.)
Having just chickened out of a suicide attempt, mal content Holloman turns his attention to rchestrating the ruin of Lawrence, a man of few morals and no brains. Matthew Kowalchuk’s film— adapted from Morris Panych’s play—works on many levels: as wacky sketch comedy, as absurdist fable and, most pungently, as a satire on the modern rat race.
The Dick Knost Show (Canada,84 min.)
In Bruce Sweeney’s latest, the prickly, acerbic and chronically impulsive host of a sports talk show (TomScholte) faces two major catastrophes as an inappropriate series of tweets and an ironic injury leavehis job hanging by a thread. It’s up to his veteran producer (Gabrielle Rose) to save both their livelihoods—by any means necessary...
Other great Canadian films that premiered at VIFF this year:
Leap 4 Your Life (Canada, 80 min.)
Backstage drama meets reality TV in this juicy mockumentary about a teen dance troupe. Think Canadian Idol or Step Up, but with a little more bite. Here we get to see the downside of things that movies usually glorify: beauty, ambition, competition, dedication. There are plenty of laughs, and some superb dance numbers to boot.
Under the Bridge of Fear (Canada, 14 mins)
Mackenzie Gray's quick flick gives reason to see at least one short film during VIFF with a stellar cast including David Lewis and Johanna Newmarch. Hard boiled private investigator, Hamilton Drake gets mixed up with the notorious Georgia Thurlow in this noir thriller that doubles as a love letter to Vancouver.
Part of shorts program Dark Matter.
Special thanks to Nancy Perreault of Nancy Perreault Collections for the wardrobe, Vanessa and Isabella of Bella Garnet for the hair and last but certainly not least, Lesley Diana of the Promotion People for making the night nothing but class.