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VIFF 2014 WRAPS UP A RECORD YEAR
(Vancouver, October 20, 2014) — The 33rd annual Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) set a new box office record, seeing a 10% increase on 2013, the festival’s previous benchmark year. Between September 25 and October 10, 2014, VIFF presented 549 public screenings of 349 films from more than 70 countries, confirming its status as one of the continent’s largest film festivals.
Over the course of those 16 days, 219 feature films and 130 short or mid-length films played on nine screens at seven venues. An additional 24 media screenings occurred prior to the festival and there were 25 VIFF Repeats screenings over the holiday weekend that followed the festival. All told, gated attendance for VIFF and the VIFF Industry conference exceeded 144,000.
“It was a pivotal year for VIFF as we focused on internal transition and Industry repositioning,” says Jacqueline Dupuis, VIFF Executive Director. “In addition to the overwhelming response from audiences and the box office, we also tested new initiatives from the sold out Style in Film series to spoken word artist Shane Koyczan world premiering his new piece prior to the Closing Gala screening of Whiplash. The foundation has been set for our next stage of growth and we are excited with what we now have planned for audiences in 2015.”