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Vancouver International Women in Film Festival: Go backstage with YouTube

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Whether you're attending the 9th Annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIFF) in person or not, there’s even more to see over at the event’s YouTube channel. Get interviews with the filmmakers and other backstage clips over on the social media channel. Why? It’s a great way to promote the film industry on the west coast and build awareness about female issues.

What is the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival?

VIFF, as the event is affectionately called, takes place March 6 through 9 at Vancity Theatre on Seymour Street. It features both Canadian and international films in addition to discussions, workshops, pitch sessions and more.

The popular event is held by Women in Film & Television Vancouver, as a way to promote women within the film and television industries; in particular, encouraging women to take on leading roles is part of the organization’s goals.

As for YouTube – Watch interviews and more

The YouTube channel for the 2014 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival features interviews with the female filmmakers of the shorts screened at the festival. For example, there are interviews with Mavreen David, director of “A Little Elbow Room” and Karen Lam of “The Meeting.”

Even if a person can’t attend the event live, the YouTube channel provides a way to see backstage information on what has been happening. Within many of the interviews, there are clips of the films and the directors talk about their filming experiences. In “Pretty Shy City,” for example, filmmaker Julia Larmour discusses what it is like to film a documentary about dating in Vancouver.

The clips uploaded by the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival to the YouTube channel are relatively short, at just over two and a half minutes to about three and a half minutes. If you can't get down to the Vancity Theatre for the live screening of the films or the awards ceremony, then the YouTube channel is another way to learn more about the event. Alternatively, it provides great extra information for attendees of the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival.