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Vancouver International Film Festival 2008

Sep 25, 26, 27, 2008

By Catherine "Cat" Barr

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It was lights, camera and all kinds of action last week as the 27th Vancouver International Film Festival raised the curtain on two upcoming weeks of parties and premieres. First up, the Brightlight Pictures Red Carpet Party at Cin Cin Restaurant on Robson was where A-Listers gathered to sip wine and sample canapes and more. Sponsored by company principles, Shawn Williamson and Stephen Hegyes, the evening lived up to tradition by getting things started on the right note. The official start of the festival party however was held later that same night at the Vancouver Aquarium where guests attended and enjoyed live music, libations and food after the premiere screening of Fernando Meirelles' movie "Blindess". Next up, director Charles Martin Smith, who is best known for starring opposite Sean Connery and Kevin Costner in "The Untouchables", received a standing ovation for the premiere of his new movie "Stone of Destiny". Being Scottish myself, I may be biased, but the stand-up-and-cheer feel of this movie is well worth seeing again on Oct. 8 if you get the chance. Lastly, Insight Film Studios Ltd. in cooperation with Jet Set Crew, threw their big bash at the Edgewater Casino Saturday night. Marking the official closing of the VIFF Film and TV Forum, this red carpet event featured lots of familiar faces including The Fonz himself - Henry Winkler. Aaaay - Cool! Get the whole lineup and schedule of films online at <>.

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cincin_redcarpet-6039 ET Canada's Erin Cebula, left, interviews glam girls like actress Holly Dignard, of "Whistler" fame, on the red carpet outside Cin Cins.
cincin_redcarpet-6041 Brightlight Pictures' Stephen Hegyes, left, and Shawn Williamson chat with "Corner Gas" star and comedian Brent Butt, centre, at Cin Cins.
cincin_redcarpet-6048 Actor Ryan Robbins, seen here at the Cin Cin party, now adds "The Guard" to his resume as well as "Battlestar Galactica" and "Stargate: Atlantis".
cincin_redcarpet-6049 "Stone of Destiny" director and actor Charles Martin Smith, seen here with Clique Pictures producer Lauren Grant, is already a Film Fest favourite.
cincin_redcarpet-6056 Actors John Cassini, left, of "Intelligence", and Jacqueline Samuda, of "The L Word" join "Da Vinci's Inquest" creator/director Chris Haddock at Cin Cins.
cincin_redcarpet-6060 Wasn't that a party? Thanks to Ask a Woman Enterprises' Tammy Preast, left, and Sharon Chan-Knight, the Brightlight event is a big hit.
insightfilm_red_carpet-1 ET Canada's Rick Campanelli interviews stars as they enter the Edgewater Casino for the Insight film party.
insightfilm_red_carpet-2 After all these years, he's still the coolest. Henry "The Fonz" Winkler laughs and jokes with fans on the red carpet at the Insight film party.
insightfilm_red_carpet-3 Edgewater Casino's Vanessa S. Kelley, left, Jeff McAndrews and Lindsay Lussin take a bow for a job well done at the Insight film party.
viff_aquarium_party-6064 Vancouver actor and star of "Reaper", Tyler Labine, takes in the opening night film fest party at the Vancouver Aquarium.



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