Red carpet laid out for VIFF 0
The 32nd Vancouver International Film Festival is in full swing — which means galas galore! To kick things off, Brightlight Pictures hosted its annual Red Carpet Party at CinCin. Traditionally, this is where many of the city’s aspiring, up-and-coming and gainfully employed actors put on their best glad rags, invest in professional blowouts, and somehow stay upright in skyscraper heels. It’s also where social columnists dive into some of the best Italian food in the Lower Mainland. And this year was no exception.
True to form, the Brightlight crew welcomed guests with endless cocktails and an amazing spread that included a risotto bar(!). Interestingly, the local indie film and TV production company is also renowned for throwing the best bashes at the Whistler Film Festival. I have no idea how the Brightlight peeps bankroll all these elaborate Gatsby-esque galas, but here’s hoping they never stop.
Following the Brightlight Pictures party, everyone headed over to the official VIFF 2013 opening gala at the Vancouver Club. This year’s theme was steampunk, a semi-underground fashion movement that’s part pseudo-Victorian and part sci-fi “retro-futuristic.” Suffice to say, this “alt” motif made for some cool costumes. But alas, the food wasn’t nearly as tasty and plentiful as last year’s South Asian-themed opening gala.
However, what this party lacked in food, it more than made up for in atmosphere. The opulent venue was the perfect place to host Hollywood North’s most decadent event of the year. Did I see any “stars” at this shindig? Not really. But I swear I spotted the beautiful Thandie Newton at a VIFF screening the other day, so they’re definitely out there milling around our fair city — just gotta keep an eye out for them. For film times and info, visit viff.org/festival.
Building healthy body images
Congrats to the organizers of the first Project True Fundraiser and Fashion Show at the Heritage Hall. The inaugural grassroots event was jam-packed with supporters. Proceeds from the charity event are going toward opening a day facility for people suffering with eating disorders here in the Lower Mainland. If the turnout is any indication, then there’s definitely a huge need for this centre. For more info, visit projecttrue.com.
Party On — events around Vancouver
The inaugural Superhero Ball in support of BC Children’s Hospital is on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. For details: renaissancesuperhero.eventbrite.com.
House Productions presents the Lookout Society fundraiser H’Arts for the Homeless, on Oct. 3 at the Imperial. For info: lookoutsociety.ca.
Capture Photo Festival about Vancouver street photography is Oct. 3 at the Museum of Vancouver. For more info, visit museumofvancouver.ca.