As VAFF 2022 comes to a conclusion, we bring you the second part of our roundup with highlights from VAFF Virtual Week, VAFF’s OVASIAN Awards Ceremony & After Party, and our upcoming Best of VAFF26 week.
VAFF Virtual Week – Extended till Tuesday, Nov 15th (11:59pm)
Following 4 days of in-person programming, VAFF 2022 kicked off its virtual week with an extensive catalog of online screenings to enjoy at home. This included several shorts programs such as Blood Relations, Strength in Heritage, and This Too Shall Pass which touched upon themes of acceptance, identity, community, and so much more! Virtual week viewers also saw the feature films We Don’t Dance for Nothing, The Grizzlie Truth, and K BODY AND MIND.
VAFF Industry Panels
In addition to the multitude of in-person and virtual screenings, VAFF hosted several industry panels on everything from music synchronization to discussions surrounding representation in the industry. Attendees had the opportunity to speak with industry professionals from various departments such as acting, lighting, grip, etc.
OVASIAN Awards Ceremony & After Party
To conclude the Vancouver Asian Film Festival’s 26th year, guests attended the OVASIAN Awards Ceremony and After Party at Science World. Nhi Do and Dylan St. Aubin guided the ceremony as the crowd enjoyed complimentary hors d’oeuvres dressed in their best evening attire. This year a record breaking 426 films were submitted for consideration, with 98 films making it into the final program. Award winners tuned in both virtually and in-person to a lively crowd which erupted into applause multiple times throughout the night.
“When I look at you I’m impressed that each one of you have taken the initiative to make a career, a creative stand, and raise your voice to make a difference and be recognized in the film and the entertainment industry.” – Lisa Lu, “Outstanding Contribution” Diversity in Film Award Winner
Here’s the full list of award winners:
Best Cinematography for Canadian Short Award – Jaryl Lim, Mom vs. Machine
Best Director for Canadian Short Award – Tesh Guttikonda, Mom vs. Machine
Best Canadian Short Film Award – Julie Kim, In Love with a Problem
Best Canadian Animation Short Film Award – Ana Gusson, Pivot
Best Editing for Canadian Feature Award – Greg Ng, The Grizzlie Truth
Best Cinematography for Canadian Feature Award – Mike Dinsmore, The Grizzlie Truth
Best Director for Canadian Feature Award – Conor Wylie, K Body and Mind
Best Canadian Feature Film Award – Jason Karman, Golden Delicious
People’s Choice Overall Performance – Short Film Award – My Name Is Arnold
People’s Choice Overall Performance – Feature Film Award – Golden Delicious
People’s Choice Overall Short Film Award – My Name Is Arnold
People’s Choice Overall Feature Film Award – Golden Delicious
“Outstanding Contribution” Diversity in Film Award – Lisa Lu
OVASIAN Impactful Awards:
Most Impactful Community Changemaker – Gold House
Most Impactful TV Series – Kung Fu
Most Impactful Performer – Lilly Singh
Special thanks to our generous award sponsors:
Best of VAFF26
From Nov 19 – 27, 2022 catch some of this year’s films online that you may have missed during our upcoming Best of VAFF26 week.
For $10.00 per screening, you can re-experience a limited selection of VAFF 2022 films virtually. Check www.vaff.org in the coming days for more information and the full list of films you can catch up on.
Thank you to everyone who made VAFF26 a success this year. We hope to see familiar faces return for the 27th annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival in 2023!