A message from Curtis Woloschuk, VIFF Associate Director of Programming
With VIFF celebrating our 40th edition this fall, we’ve taken the opportunity to reflect on the path that’s brought us to this point and thoughtfully consider how we’ll plot our course forward. While it’s undeniable that there’s much uncertainty at the moment, we also believe that there’s tremendous potential for positive outcomes from the current tumult.
Before you ask: No, VIFF isn’t experiencing a midlife crisis. You needn’t worry about us suddenly showcasing eSports or championing “influencers”. Just as global filmmaking remains as vibrant and vital as ever, our commitment to celebrating them is unwavering. we aspire to bring added relevance to our exhibition of international, Canadian and Indigenous films by creating space for more programmers to help shape our showcases and ensure that they resonate with the diverse communities that we serve.
Having long played a role in developing emerging filmmakers, VIFF is now also committing ourselves to amplifying new curatorial voices who will bring different perspectives to film programming, identify unique contexts for screenings, and facilitate essential dialogue about the diverse work we’re showcasing.
Running the gamut from one-time-only events to extended residencies, these initiatives will ensure that each of our distinct programming spaces - from the VIFF Centre's new Studio Theatre to our VIFF Connect streaming platform - becomes a destination for discovery and discussion.
In turn, benefitting from mentorship from VIFF’s staff and access to our organization’s infrastructure, these programmers will accelerate their career development and become key contributors to Canadian arts and culture for decades to come.
I couldn’t be more excited about welcoming new perspectives to our talented team and seeing how these collaborations allow us to deliver even more dynamic and impactful festival and year-round programming.
Of course, these initiatives rely on both resourcefulness and resources. As a not-for-profit organization, we’re grateful for the financial support we receive from members of our growing VIFF family. If you want to support progressive programming that reflects our communities, develops the next wave of film curators and allows you to see the world of cinema through different lenses, I encourage you to make a gift today.
As a long standing supporter of VIFF and a Patron Circle donor, I was curious to see how VIFF would handle the Black History Month (2021) programming following the departure of the original programmer. I am pleased to say that the concept they introduced - using a curatorial programmer - was extremely successful. It was thoughtful, different, passionate and very community-focussed. I feel it’s a model that can be easily adapted to different communities, and I am looking forward to seeing more communities actively participating in VIFF year round programming.
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