VANCOUVER, Sept. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Moviegoers have an opportunity to see
some of the very best in cinema as this year's Vancouver International
Film Festival (VIFF) begins today.
Over the last 30 years, VIFF has grown to the point where it is now one
of the largest film festivals in North America and one of the biggest
annual showcases of Canadian film in the world. This year, the festival
will feature over 380 films from more than 75 different countries. I am
proud that many of these films are from Canada, including several
audio-visual treaty co-productions. VIFF plays an important role in
stimulating the motion picture industry in British Columbia and Canada,
with approximately 150,000 people having attended last year.
Our Government knows that film and television production is essential to
the strength of our cultural life and our economic future. In 2010-11,
this industry represented $5.5 billion in economic activity and
employed 128,000 Canadians.
On behalf of all Canadians and the Government of Canada, I want to
commend the work of the Vancouver International Film Festival.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages