Victoria Film Festival brings family-friendly street party and ConVerge 2016

ConVerge takes viewers out of the theatre and gets them to interact as part of the fun of viewing short films

The Victoria Film Festival has brought ConVerge back to Victoria for one day only, Saturday, Feb. 13. To celebrate its return, there will be an all-ages block party on Friday, Feb. 12 from 4:30 – 7pm.On Friday afternoon, Broad St (between Yates and View) will be closed and taken over for a free street party to celebrate the beginning of ConVerge. With a combination of local music from Bučan Bučan, interactive art installations from Diana Nielsen, Shawn Shepherd and Roy Green and a variety of other local businesses involved, the street party provides a sneak peek into Saturday’s ConVerge program.ConVerge began in 2009 and ran for three festivals. ConVerge takes viewers out of the theatre and gets them to interact as part of the fun of viewing the shorts collection around Victoria.The 2016 edition highlights films from young filmmakers, ranging in age from 9 to 24, including Victoria’s Evalida Taillefer. There will be 50 short films on 34 different viewing devices, with the majority spread over a five-block area, from the Bay Centre to Centennial Square.“We’ve made a super-fun, interactive, treasure hunt highlighting international films at different locations for a unique one-off viewing experience. I dare you to try to see them all,” says Matthew Payne, ConVerge coordinator.With everything from a lumbersexual to a roaming cereal box and a jewel thief, ConVerge offers more than just a short film program. Viewers get to explore spaces they might not be able to access normally, including the City Hall Bell tower and the City Hall attic.With two start times, 11am and 2pm, the adventurous can make it fit into their schedule. The 11am ConVerge ticket is $20+tax and attendees must be over 18. The 2pm ticket is $30+tax and includes access to the afterparty, which requires guests to be over 19.To see a map of different ConVerge locations, stop by Monk Office Supply on Broad St. Feb. 13.For full details of ConVerge, visit the ConVerge page.

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