Dragons & Tigers

VIFF’s Dragons & Tigers section continues to be a leader in introducing the most exciting new cinematic talents from East Asia to the world. The largest annual exhibition of Pacific Asian films outside Asia, VIFF’s Dragons & Tigers program is internationally recognized as one of the most significant in the world. The annual series attracts a strong list of filmmakers, distributors, film critics and scholars each year and highlights the cutting-edge from South Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand.

Dragons & Tigers is programmed by Tony Rayns, the London-based East Asian film scholar and critic, and Shelly Kraicer, the respected Canadian scholar of Chinese cinema now living in Beijing. Begun in 1985, Dragons & Tigers addresses the continued excellence in East Asian cinema, Vancouver’s key geographic situation, its unique ethnic mix, and the initiatives being taken at all government levels to enhance economic and cultural ties between Western Canada and the Pacific Rim.

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For the 20th year running, the Festival will present the Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema ($5,000) to a new director from East Asia. The award is given to a creative and innovative film, made early in the director’s career, which has not yet won significant international recognition. As in years past, we’re hugely grateful to Brad Birarda for sponsoring this award, and the series as a whole.

2013 Winner of the Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema: ANATOMY OF A PAPERCLIP (Japan, dir Ikeda Akira)
Enjoy a special encore screening of our winning film on Saturday, October 5, 4:00pm at Intl 8.


The 2013 Nominees are: Anatomy Of A Paper Clip (Japan, dir Ikeda Akira), Burn, Release, Explode, The Invincible (South Korea, Dir Kim Soohyun), Four Ways To Die In My Hometown (China, dir Chai Chunya), My First Love (Japan, dir Tsuruoka Keiko), 9 Muses of Star Empire (South Korea, dir Lee Harkjoon), The Spider's Lair (Philippines, dir Jason Paul Lazamana), Trap Street (China, dir Vivian Qu)

The Jury For The Dragons & Tigers Award

Geoff Gardner
Geoff Gardner is the oldest surviving Director of the Melbourne Film Festival. He is currently a member of the Sydney Film Festival Film Advisory Panel, the  Australian National Film and Sound Archive's Film & Broadcast Industries Oral History Group and an adviser to the Asia-Pacific Screen Awards held each year in Brisbane, Australia. He has contributed pieces to Cinema Papers and Senses of Cinema.

Adam Cook
Born in 1989 here in Vancouver where he currently resides, Adam Cook is a film critic, editor and programmer for MUBI an online cinematheque and home of the accclaimed film journal, Notebook. He also contributes to a variety of publications, including Cinma Scope, Cineaste, Film Comment, Filmmaker Magazine and La Furia Umana. An avid participant in the city's cinema scene, Adam was until recently, a volunteer for The Cinematheque, and has been involved with VIFF's programming in multiple capacities since 2010. This year, he is the inaugural recipient of the Mark Harris Memorial Scholarship in Film Studies at UBC, awarded for academic promise and passion for cinema.

Tom Charity
Tom first served on the D&T jury in 1999, at which time he was editing the film section for Time Out London. He liked Vancouver so much he moved here permanently a few years later, family in tow. He is now an under-employed critic and program coordinator at VIFF’s Vancity Theatre. In between, he’s contributed to Sight & Sound, Cinema-Scope, CNN digital, Lovefilm.com and several newspapers in the UK and Canada. He is the author of books on John Cassavetes and The Right Stuff, and the 50 Most Influential Filmmakers in the World.