VIFF is one of the Lower Mainland’s most important cultural institutions. Let’s make sure it stays that way.
I am reaching out to you as someone who truly appreciates and believes in what the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) brings to this city and provides to our community.
In addition to sitting on the board of directors for seven years, I’ve supported VIFF as a donor for a decade. To me, film is the most complete of art forms: a multi-sensory experience with transportive appeal; a generator of empathy and reducer of differences. For these reasons, I believe VIFF is the Lower Mainland’s most important cultural institution. We are quite simply spoiled to have an event of this scope and artistic integrity be visited upon us every fall.
Yet, times have changed.
Despite consistently increasing attendance, the other traditional pillars of funding for VIFF pose challenges: public grants are more competitive and subject to the priorities of prevailing governments while corporate sponsorships are hard-won in a city without the head office endowment of, say, Toronto. Meanwhile, there are always rising cost pressures in Vancouver. Given that, we are now at a moment where the purchase of tickets alone may not be enough.
While my tenure on the board has concluded, I will continue to support VIFF and I appeal to you to help ensure that VIFF will be passed along to the next generation of film lovers. Please make a gift today and double the difference. Every dollar of your donation will be matched with an equal gift from my Lochmaddy Foundation up to a total of $10,000. All donations of $25 and above will receive a charitable tax receipt. Additionally, please consider becoming a VIFF+ member, which not only supports the organization financially but also provides you with membership benefits at the festival and year-round.
Kevin Campbell - Chairman of The Lochmaddy Foundation
P.S. A financial donation is not the only form of donation upon which VIFF relies. Volunteering is the lifeblood of this festival. Please consider making the donation of time alongside the hundreds of volunteers to whom we are all so grateful.
The Vancouver International Film Festival has been presenting my work as a filmmaker for well over 30 years, from my first dramatic feature film – My Kind of Town in 1986 right up to the present feature documentary on Robert Davidson – Haida Modern which will have its world premiere at VIFF this year in 2019. During the intervening years I’ve watched the festival grow in both popularity and influence. And I’ve watched the mark it has made on the development of a truly home grown West Coast filmmaking movement.
And while VIFF has made this great contribution to the heart, soul and culture of our city promoting the work of Canadian filmmakers, they have also consistently brought to our very appreciative audiences a beautifully and insightfully selected collection of the most informative, most challenging and most inspiring international stories of our time. Quite simply – if not for VIFF who would show us an agenda-free glimpse at what is happening in the hearts, minds and lands of the wide world beyond our borders?
To support VIFF makes our city a smarter, better and infinitely cooler place to live.
Charles Wilkinson - Filmmaker, Haida Modern
Far more powerful than simply reading a manifesto, cinema brings issues and ideas directly to your senses. For example, one can read about the struggles of the transgender community or one can also view such hot button topics as "Beautiful Boxer" (Thailand), "She’s a Boy I Knew" (Canada), "Ma Vie en Rose" (Belgium), or "A Fantastic Woman" (Chile), all screened at past VIFFs. They may not change your mind one way or another but they’ll certainly get you thinking. In a world where divisiveness and misunderstandings have become the norm, an institution like the Vancouver International Film Festival is not only crucial, it’s indispensable.
I’ve been a regular attendee for over 25 years and I believe the VIFF to be one of Vancouver’s most important cultural cornerstones.
Robert Caspick, Annual Donor
The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) has been at the heart of Vancouver culture for 37 years, showcasing a selection of the world’s best films and many heretofore undiscovered gems. But the VIFF is more than just a venue for watching films. It is a festival of discovery, exposure, exploration, diversity, discussion, learning, and sometime even debate. It is a festival that entertains and simultaneously may inspire, illuminates, and challenges us to better understand the world around us.
Since its humble beginning at the Ridge theatre the VIFF has enriched my life in numerous ways. I’d like to encourage everyone to help sustain this pillar of our city’s culture by supporting it and becoming part of a very special circle of individuals who share a passion for film.
Nurit Barkan-Ascher, Annual Donor