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Very Good Year for VIFF
By Staff

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(October 22, 2011 - Vancouver, B.C.) It always takes a few days to do the final tally after any huge event and the Vancouver International Film Festival is one of the largest annual events in this wet coast city. Organizers have released the statistics and they can be justifiably proud of their accomplishments this year. We are delighted to report that the 30th Vancouver International Film Festival has broken attendance and revenue records,”said very pleased Festival director Alan Franey.

Admissions topped 152,000, up from 148,000 in 2010. Ticket sale revenues also reached a new high of $1,178,811 ($45,335 of which came from the Festival's Film & TV Forum), up from $1,074,025 last year. As a nonprofit registered charity, VIFF relies on festival revenues to help cover its $3.5 million annual expenses. "The balance is covered by government support (about 10%), private sector sponsorship, personal donations, and approximately<Starbuck, movie poster> 30,000 hours of volunteer labour," said Franey.

VIFF continues to be among the top five film festivals in North America in terms of both attendance and number of films included: 386 films from 80 countries. A full 240 of the screenings were feature length films and the festival hosted 30 international premieres, 49 Northern American premieres and 40 Canadian premieres.

Speaking of Canadian films, the audience choice numbers have also been released. As reported earlier, Starbuck by Québec director Ken Scott was voted the most popular Canadian film by attendees, followed by:

40 Days at Base Camp (Dianne Whelan)
Cloudburst (Thom Fitzgerald)
Donovan's Echo (JIm Cliffe)
Everything and Everyone (Tracy D. Smith)
Nash - The Documentary (Michael Hamilton, Cory Ogilvie)
Peace Out (Charles Wilkinson)
People of a Feather (Joel Heath)
Surviving Progress (Mathieu Roy, Harold Crooks)
To Make a Farm (Steve Suderman)
Waking the Green Tiger (Gary Marcuse)

And now, after a short break, work begins planning the 2012 Vancouver International Film Festival.

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