The Vancouver Asian Film Festival is now 15 years old.
I started attending VAFF around 2000, when festival founder Barb Lee came to a dinner event for Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop, trying to promote VAFF. Many years later, VAFF is now one of the biggest and best events in the Asian Canadian cultural scene. It has grown from a one day event to a four day event.
Back in 2000, there were few movies that were made or set in North America, and made by North American Asians. A lot of films shown at early VAFF events still came from Asia, while some came from the US.
In recent years, VAFF has really matured into its own. The Mighty Asiam Movie Making Marathon has helped to develop more local talent and films. VAFF events now regularly feature Canadian directors and film makers, as well as actors.
Here are some of the 2011 VAFF 15 events that have caught my eye… that I wish I could attend – if I wasn't already committed to performing my accordion in the Heart of the City Festival this weekend.
PROGRAM 1 – Opening Night Presentation: Almost Perfect
Thursday November 3, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Saturday November 5, 2011 at 11:00 AM
Chinese Canadian Stories Trailer
From C to C: Chinese Canadian Stories of Migration
Canadian Asian Stories Panel
Saturday November 5, 2011 at 4:00 PM
Slaying the Dragon Reloaded: Asian Women in Hollywood and Beyond
Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words
Chicks on Flicks Panel
PROGRAM 10 – Vancity Shorts
Sunday November 6, 2011 at 1:00 PM