screenshot of VIFF app

The Vancouver International Film Festival 2010 (VIFF) gets underway this Thursday September 30th which means that my cheap downtown pizza consumption will skyrocket in the coming weeks. I’ve been working my way through the festival guide in both paper and app form and have found that I still prefer the paper guide. It bugs me that the app starts from scratch every single time you fire it up, but that may just be a 3g issue that the 3gs and iPhone 4 wouldn’t have thanks to multitasking. I also don’t understand how I can select favourites, but not have anything in my favourites list.

Favourites screen

Favourites screen?

I’m also disappointed at what feels like a shortage on animation in the festival with only 11 films. At least animation beat out the categories of Aging and Buddhist Interest, which may or may not have overlap. Here’s the films listed:

Heart in the Wrong Place

I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors

Mathias, Mathias




Surviving Life

These 11 films breakdown into 5 features and 6 shorts. Although it should be noted that among the features is the documentary Marion Woodman: Dancing in the Flames that has both documentary footage and the repurposing of some of Faith Hubley‘s animation. I’m really interested in checking out how the film incorporates the animation throughout the feature, especially after checking out the trailer:

I’m also really looking forward to Ann Marie Fleming’s adaptation of Bernice Eisenstein’s I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors. Ann Marie is a fantastic animator and the NFB has a bunch of great interviews with Ann Marie about the production and trailers for the film:

And finally, it’s hard not to be excited about a new Jan Švankmajer film Surviving Life (Theory and Practice):

Surviving Life (Prezít svuj zivot (teorie a praxe)) trailer

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