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The Victoria Film Festival is shocking moviegoers with a variety of new venues

by Stewart Cole

The Victorian Film Festival returns next month with 10 days of events and more than 100 films to screen for locals and film lovers alike.

The February 3-12 festival will showcase 30 Canadian films and films from 27 other countries. One of those will be an international debut as eight other films have their first screening on Canadian soil in the capital. The official program guide will be released at midnight on January 5th.

This year’s festival will feature 26 shorts and 83 feature films – including a number of Quebec, LGBTQ+ and Indigenous films.

One of the five venues will be on a whale watching boat, and the 29th annual festival is also adding a new location at the Blue Bridge Theater on Quadra Street.

Paul Schrader, the screenwriter behind such classics as Raging Bull and Taxi Driver, along with around 30 other films, will receive the Modern Masters Award at the festival. His film The Master Gardener will also be shown at the festival.

A series of ‘Busting Out’ themed events running from 3-5 February will be hosted through panels, one-on-one sessions and masterclasses. Panel guests include Academy Award-winning composer Mychael Danna, screenwriter Sophie Jarvis, cinematographer Jeremy Cox, director Kurtis David Harder, talent agent Ari Wise and more.

Since 1999, an art exhibition has been a mainstay at every Victoria Film Festival and this year it will be hosted at the Atrium (800 Yates Street). The free Bringing Film to Life exhibit will feature works by ten local artists.

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