The Vancouver International Film Festival, which takes place this year between September 25 and October 10, posted its online film guide today, and suffice it to say that I have only begun to figure out which films I will make a point of seeing and when. (Matters are complicated by the fact that I do not yet know which films I will be able to see before the festival begins.)
However, since I am a Bible-movie buff, I will note that this year’s line-up includes not only Albert Serra’s El cant dels ocells, AKA Birdsong — which is based on the journey of the Three Wise Men — but it also features the world premiere of Waiting for Sancho, a documentary on the making of Serra’s film produced by Mark Peranson, a VIFF programmer who also happens to play Joseph in Serra’s film.
Before the big film festival comes to town, there is at least one small film festival that sounds like it might be worth checking out, too. The SPARK Animation Festival takes place September 10-14 and will feature, among other things, the western Canadian premiere of Leslie Iwerks’s documentary The Pixar Story (2007).