Documentaries Sweep Awards at VIFF

True to form, it was documentaries that swept up most of the awards at this year's VIFF. There were plenty of docs to chose from this year with nearly half of the festival’s feature and mid-length films being nonfiction (there were 103 nonfiction and 134 dramas in total).

65 Red Roses

65 Red Roses

The filmmaker Nimisha Mukerjee and subject Eva Markvoort of 65_RedRoses at the launch of VIFF 2009 programme last month

Trippy and eerie


After the sudden death of lead actor Heath Ledger Terry Gilliam said he was in no mood for completing his film. Under the circumstances, the fact that he has done this well is a hugely impressive achievement.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Through the looking glass with Heath Ledger

Terry Gilliam On Finishing The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

"I just thought ‘it’s over.’... I didn’t seem to have the energy to want to do anything."

Terry Gilliam talks about how he finished The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus following the death of his lead actor Heath Ledger.

Raindance awards Prize winners as 2009 Fest draws to a close

The 2009 Raindance Film Festival drew to a close with the screening of Steven Soderbergh's film "The Girlfriend Experience" on the evening of Sunday 11 October.