The scoop on galas, presentations and guests at the Latin American Film Festival

Argentinean film, El hombre del otro lado (The Man Next Door) will open the 9th VLAFF next Thursday. Photo courtesy of VLAFF.

The 9th Annual Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, September 1-11, is proud to announce that for the first time in its history it will be a competitive film festival with three competition sections for short, documentary and feature-length films. In addition, VLAFF 9 will feature an exciting line-up of Special Presentations and Q&A’s with festival guests.

GALAS

Opening Night Gala: El Hombre de al lado (The Man Next Door), Argentina

Thursday September 1 | 7 p.m.| Granville 7 Cinemas (855 Granville St.)

http://www.vlaff.org/node/4618

Closing Night Gala: Chicogrande, Mexico

Saturday September 10 | 8 p.m. | Granville 7 Cinemas (855 Granville St.)

http://www.vlaff.org/en/node/4620

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

¡Fiesta 125! A Celebration of Latin American Culture in Vancouver

Short film screenings by Latin American Filmmakers to celebrate Vancouver’s 125th anniversary

Sunday September 4 | 7 p.m. | Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.)

http://www.vlaff.org/en/node/4667

Indigenous Film From BC & Beyond

Short Film Screenings by indigenous filmmakers from BC and Latin America, followed by panel discussion

Saturday September 3 | 3:30 p.m. | SFU Harbour Centre (515 W Hastings) Free admission

http://www.vlaff.org/en/node/4668

Yuxtaposición

Art exhibition by José Luís Ramírez, one of Mexico’s most promising young painters

Friday September 9 | 7 p.m. | Ayden Gallery (International Village 2nd floor- 88 W Pender St.)

Free admission | artist in attendance

http://www.vlaff.org/en/node/4706

Q & A’S

Q&A’s will take place after the films

Orlando Arriagada, director of Detrás del milagro (Beyond the Miracle), Chile

Chilean director based in Montreal.

Friday Sep. 2 | 4:45 p.m. | SFU Harbour Centre (515 W Hastings) Free admission

Sunday Sept. 4 | 3 p.m. | Pacific Cinémathèque (1131 Howe St.)

http://www.vlaff.org/en/node/4670

Alejandra Sanchez, director of Agnus Dei: Cordero de dios (Agnus Dei: Lamb of God), Mexico

Documentary in competition for the Al Jazeera Documentary Award

Tuesday Sept. 6 | 5 p.m. | Pacific Cinémathèque (1131 Howe St.)

Friday Sept. 9 | 4:30 p.m. | SFU Harbour Centre (515 W Hastings) Free admission

http://www.vlaff.org/en/node/4663

Paula Cosenza, producer of O samba que mora em mim (The Samba Within Me), Brazil

Documentary in competition for the Al Jazeera Documentary Award

Thursday Sept. 8 | 5 p.m. | Pacific Cinémathèque (1131 Howe St.)

http://www.vlaff.org/en/node/4653

Lester Hamlet, director of Casa Vieja (Old House), Cuba

Competing for the Youth Choice Award

Monday, Sept. 5 | 7 p.m. | Pacific Cinémathèque (1131 Howe St.)

Friday Sept. 9 | 6:30 p.m. | SFU Harbour Centre (515 W Hastings) Free admission

http://www.vlaff.org/en/node/4637

Geminiano Pineda, Executive Producer of CANANA films, responsible for films such as Abel and Post Mortem

Saturday Sept. 3 | 7 p.m. | SFU Woodward’s (149 W Hastings St. 3rd floor)

Sunday Sept. 4 | 7 p.m. | SFU Woodward’s (149 W Hastings St. 3rd floor)

http://www.vlaff.org/en/node/4631

http://www.vlaff.org/en/node/4641

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