Nov 2: Program 1: Opening Night Presentation Columbus + Gala
Join us for the 21st Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival Opening Night Screening + Gala. You don’t want to miss out Opening Night screening of COLUMBUS, a romantic, comedy drama from director Kogonada, followed by a a “Casino Royale” themed Opening Gala at River Rock Casino Resort, 8811 River Rd, Richmond, BC
To Celebrate our 21st year, put on your “playful cocktail” attire and join our Opening Gala for a memorable, sophisticated evening of complimentary hors-d’oeuvres and a special Grand Marnier cocktail, games, prizes, a photo booth and a fabulous fashion show.
(Comedy, Drama, Romance Feature) Columbus, the OPENING NIGHT PRESENTATION for VAFF 21 explores how space and place can be synonymous with identity and culture. When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho, Star Trek: Beyond) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana, a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey (Haley Lu Richardson), a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. As their intimacy develops, Jin and Casey explore both the town and their conflicted emotions: Jin’s estranged relationship with his father, and Casey’s reluctance to leave Columbus and her mother. Debut director Kogonada’s Columbus unfolds as a gently drifting, deeply absorbing conversation, and a visual love letter to the way physical space affects emotions and identity. Featuring strong supporting turns from Parker Posey, Rory Culkin, and Michelle Forbes. Winner of the Special Jury Prize for Narrative Feature, Independent Film Festival Boston 2017.
- 7:00 pm | Welcome Remarks
- 7:30pm | Screening
- 9:30 | Closing Remarks
- 9:45 pm | Entertainment and Opening Gala
- Complimentary hors-d’oeuvres + a “VAFF21” cocktail by Grand Marnier
and Cash bar
- Theme: Casino Royale
- Dress Code: Playful Cocktail Attire with Casino Royale flare (chic and polished)
- $50 (screening and Gala submission including a single-use membership) **
- Location: River Rock Casino, 8811 River Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 3P8
Kick off the 2017 Vancouver Asian Film Festival with the Opening Night screening and Opening Gala. Meet filmmakers, film industry guests, VAFF Board and Executives, Sponsors, Partners and Media.
MUST BE 19 TO ATTEND – ID MAY BE REQUESTED.
EMCEE: Yuji Zhang, OMNI BC and Steve Kim
** LIMITED TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR.
Admission to VAFF screenings is limited to those over 19 years of age holding a valid VAFF membership card.
Special Offer: First 50 on-line purchasers to the opening night screening & gala will receive “VAFF VIP SWAG BAG”. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!
Kogonada / November 2 / USA / 2017 / Comedy, Drama, Romance / 100 minsA Korean-born man finds himself stuck in Columbus, Indiana, where his architect father is in a coma.