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Victoria celebrates 20 years of world cinema
by Paul Gonzales
Feb 05, 2014 | 40 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The 20th annual Victoria Film Festival will start Friday, Feb. 7, and run through Feb. 16. More than 100 feature and short films from all over the world will be screened at the festival with many other special events and guests filling the 10-day fest as well.
Contributed photo The 20th annual Victoria Film Festival will start Friday, Feb. 7, and run through Feb. 16. More than 100 feature and short films from all over the world will be screened at the festival with many other special events and guests filling the 10-day fest as well.
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Over the 20 years that the Victoria Film Festival has been around, organizers have had numerous special guests and feature film premieres, but this year seems to be the biggest and best so far.

The world’s film industry will invade the city from Feb. 7-16, bringing with it more than 150 feature films, documentaries and animated films, including world premieres and exclusive screenings.

That’s 10 days of rare screenings of films from around the world by award-winning directors, actors and producers, some making their way to Texas for the first time.

Not to mention unique events and parties, the likes of which Victoria has never seen before.

The film festival opens with Steve Coogan’s beloved BBC character Alan Partridge making his big screen debut at 7 p.m. Afterward, make sure you have your tickets for the opening night ’60s-themed gala featuring “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” Andy Warhol’s “Factory” and the Central Park Be-In parties.

Two new events that are sure to excite cinephiles include the “In Conversation With” series and the “Women in the Director’s Chair” showcase.

“In Conversation With” features four filmmakers making waves in independent cinema. Filmmakers Atom Egoyan, Guy Maddin, Ken Taylor and Drew Taylor and Don McKellar and Bob Martin will be featured in the conversational series.

“Women in the Director’s Chair” will be aimed at empowering young women. Three films, all directed by women, have been chosen to showcase the importance of women’s perspectives in storytelling and filmmaking.

Pop-up Cinema features screenings of films submitted to the festival by local youth through the FilmCAN program. They will screen every night of the fest.

Monday, Feb. 10, is Family Day and will feature nostalgic animations like “The Cat Came Back,” a selection of retro Looney Tunes screenings and more.

The screenings will be followed by “Linsanity,” a documentary about Jeremy Lin, who rose up through the ranks of his high school basketball team to shine as one of the most talented point guards the team had ever seen.

The 10-day fest has more to offer than mentioned, so make sure to check out their official site for ticket information and event schedules at VictoriaFilmFestival.com.
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