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Vancouver International Film Festival kicks off with red carpet, gala

Last Updated Sep 26, 2019 at 11:23 am PDT

(Source: viff.org)
Summary

The Vancouver International Film Festival will have 500 screenings at nine venues across the city

VIFF is expected to give Vancouver an economic boost of up to $11 million

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The Vancouver International Film Festival kicks off Thursday with a red carpet and opening gala at the Centre for the Performing Arts.

Executive Director Jacqueline Dupuis says thousands of people are expected to attend over the next two weeks, and the festival has movie screenings planned across the city.

“For the next 16 days we’ll have almost 500 screenings at nine venues,” she says. “We host about a thousand industry delegates coming into town, between our conference days as well as the filmmakers that come in from around the world for their screenings.”

Dupuis says the city’s economic boost could hit about $11 million.

The festival, which runs from Sept. 26 to Oct. 11, will have 39 world premieres this year alone. It was launched in 1982, and 130,000 people are expected to attend screenings this year.