It’s been my second year as a volunteer with VIFF (29 September – 14 October 2011) in a row and this time I managed to watch 45 films in two and a half weeks. Yep, sounds like a lot, but mind you, I met one volunteer who had actually seen 85 films including all the media screenings before the festival.
The volunteer team was awesome again this year! I spent all my shifts at the info tent on Granville Street, giving film tips (i.e. movie therapist) and helping film goers find the right lineup (i.e. movie traffic warden). We had so much fun discussing which films were ‘must see’ this year and it was exciting to see lots of familiar faces from last year in the lineups.
Once again, there way too many quality films to choose from. Some of my VIFF 2011 favourites included Cairo 678 and Position Among The Stars (which I had both seen at other festivals before), Cloudburst, Pure, Mitsuko Delivers, Give Up Tomorrow, Burma Soldier, Bone Wind Fire and The Girls in the Band. Having said that, every single person I met had different favourites. That’s what’s so fascinating about film festivals. You can create your own schedule and make it a learning experience, a visual trip around the world or simply a few evenings of quality entertainment. Just go and try it out. But be warned: film festivals are highly addictive!