VFF 2011 – go beyond the screen

■ The Process with Larry Weinstein – Get a sneak peek at the latest work by filmmaker Larry Weinstein (Mozart Balls, Inside Hana’s Suitcase): a “controversial political opera” about a former Canadian prime minister. Weinstein will walk the audience through the mostly-completed work, which will premiere across Canada April 16. 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Odeon.

■ The Process with Larry Weinstein – Get a sneak peek at the latest work by filmmaker Larry Weinstein (Mozart Balls, Inside Hana’s Suitcase): a “controversial political opera” about a former Canadian prime minister. Weinstein will walk the audience through the mostly-completed work, which will premiere across Canada April 16. 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Odeon.

■ Springboard Talks – Want to learn more about how a film is marketed? How about what makes Canadian actor Don McKellar tick? Don’t miss Springboard, where a wide range of Canadian film folk will each give a 15-minute presentation on a topic of their choice. 1:30-3:20 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 and 1:30-3:45 Sunday, Feb. 6 at Cap 6

■ Springboard Industry – This special industry program includes opportunities for one-on-one pitching sessions, master classes on topics like the multimedia landscape and networking receptions. A great opportunity for folks interested in the biz. Friday-Sunday, Feb. 4-6 at various locations.

■ A Literary View with Ron Mann – Stylish, celebrated filmmaker Ron Mann (Know Your Mushrooms, Grass, Tales of the Rat Fink) returns to VFF with In the Wake of the Flood, a short documentary about Margaret Atwood’s 2009 book tour. Instead of taking the typical tour approach, Atwood decided to create a “theatrical choral version” of her latest dystopian novel, The Year of the Flood. 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6 at Cap 6.

■ Dinner and More than a Movie – Once again, the Superior hosts an evening of delicious nosh, with saucy films for dessert. After a tapas-style dinner, enjoy a program of short erotic films. This event often sells out, so get tickets early. 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 8 and 9 at the Superior.

■ Converge ­­— Take in shorts at the Victoria Bug Zoo, the Empress, a local radio station – or maybe even the middle of the street. Grab a wristband at the Oyster Bar (514 Homboldt) or the Parkside Victoria (810 Humboldt) and let the games begin. 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12.

■ Sips ’n’ Cinema –Like to pair your movie-watching with a fine wine or crisp cocktail? Catch two chances to sip and chat post-cinema: one at the Legacy Gallery, where you’ll enjoy wine and hor d’oeuvres after Lesson Plan, the other at Veneto, where one can try a wide range of cocktails while nibbling on appies after watching Fathers and Sons. 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12 (Lesson Plan) and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13 (Fathers and Sons). Advance tickets only.

Just Posted

FILM REVIEW: Wild creatures help tame prisoners

Robert Moyes offers up his take on The Mustang, screening at local theatres now

B.C., local shorts making waves at Pacific Rim Film Festival

CineVic’s seventh annual Short Circuit festival spotlighting films made close to home

Mathieu Poirier: Beers beat wines for pairing with food

Complexities, ingredients and styles offer more diverse choices, writes Monday beer columnist

Musical joy emerges from fiddling and singing

Joy of Life Festival at Alix Goolden Hall on May 3 and 4 offers both for audiences

Fearing is loving life in West Coast La La Land

Award-winning blues-folk guitarist singer/songwriter playing Sidney show on May 3

Making meditative music for mental health

Calgary duo to perform in James Bay as part of Home Shall be Here tour

Peninsula Players unravel mystery for coming production

Murder on the Nile hits the Mary Winspear Centre stage in May

Just looking, or buying? You can find that perfect art piece at Sidney show

Saanich Peninsula Arts and Crafts Society holding Spring Show April 27-28 at Mary Winspear Centre

Peninsula grandmothers salute Roaring ’20s fashion

May 3 event in Sidney benefits Grandmothers Helping African Grandmothers

Sooke Community Choir offers up #modernlove

Sooke concerts run from May 3 to 5

Stephen Fearing brings unique style to concert series

Fearing will play Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Sooke on April 27

Most Read