By Ellie King
Vaughan has really put itself on the map over the past seven years, since the emergence of the Vaughan International Film Festival (VFF) that takes place each year in May.
The festival is not only significant to the city of Vaughan, but all of the GTA as it celebrates and fosters film, art and music culture that defines and builds society. VFF is “dedicated to inspiring, fostering, and endorsing emerging filmmakers” and this year, the festival is celebrating 22 short films, 11 of which are from international.
VFF, a non-profit organization, offers public unique short films from Canada as well as international titles, and performances by incredible Canadian talent and scholarships for students.
VFF recently held its annual Spring Launch led by Indie88 morning show host Josie Dye, as she announced the films nominated for Best Film, Best Actor & Actress and Best Director at this year’s VFF awards.
The winners of Best Films include two Canadian titles (Fauve and Made Public) and one from the United States (One Small Step).
The VFF Launch started off with a lovely musical performance by R&B talent Aubrey Noronha, who has been respectfully compared to R&B icons such as Baby Face and Sam Cook. He set the tone of the evening with a smooth rendition of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under The Bridge” which had the audience enthralled.
“Arts & culture are a part of city building”-Jason Polsinelli
VFF’s support of students in the creative media film extends beyond scholarships, with the festival also holding an Industry Seminar for Women in Film on May 14th, exclusively for high school students interested in pursuing film.
The panelists for the seminar include Fatima Ptacek, the voice of “Dora the Explorer”, stuntwoman Tally Rodin, and composer Tori Letzler who will highlight the successes and struggles they’ve faced as women in the film industry.
With the festival’s seventh year approaching (May 13th-17th), be sure to grab your last minute tickets for the festival!
*Editor’s Note: VIBE105 is the official media partner of Vaughan International Film Festival 2019