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VAFF Industry Insight (VAFF I²) Panel Series

VAFF Industry Insight (VAFF I²) Panel Series

Launched two years ago as a locus for industry advocacy and action with a distinct diversity focus, the VAFF Industry (VAFF I²) Panel Series continues this year with burning questions for our “interesting times,” both global and local: Do we share a responsibility, as artists, to wield our craft as an instrument of social change—and how can this be most effective? After 150 years of Confederation, what does a profitable, diverse, inclusive Canadian entertainment and media industry actually look like—and how do we realize this vision?

The VAFF Industry Insight  (VAFF I²) Panel Series is open to VAFF Industry, Filmmaker and VIP Passholders, as well as festival ticket holders with membership. Topics this year:

PANEL 1:  Canada 150: Diversity and Representation in Canadian Film and Television

  • Speaker 1: Alden Habacon – UBC
  • Speaker 2: Ben Lu, Producer
  • Speaker 3: Michelle Kim, Producer/Director/Writer
  • Speaker 4: Selwyn Jacob, NFB
  • Speaker 5: TBA
  • Moderator: TBA

PANEL 2:  Sparking Celluloid: Filmmaking for Social Change

  • Speaker 1: Bob Christie – President, Reel Causes
  • Speaker 2: Dipti Mehta – Writer/Actor
  • Speaker 3: Baljit Sangra – Director/Producer
  • Speaker 4: TBA
  • Emcee / Moderator: Rohit Chokhani, Diwali in BC

DATE: Saturday, November 4, 2017

Time: 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm

LOCATION:  Cineplex Odeon International Village Theatres, 88 W. Pender Street, Vancouver

For the session schedule, description and panelist/moderator announcement updates, please refer to the online schedule for PANEL 1 and PANEL 2.



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We kick off our VAFF Industry series with the intimate FINALÉ VAFF Industry Party in the Private Room, St. Regis Bar & Grill, 608 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, BC, in the heart of Vancouver’s vibrant downtown core. This exclusive party (invite only) is for filmmakers, industry, media, and special VAFF guests only.

Panel 1: Co-Presented with Partner




Panel 2: Co-Presented with Community Partner