The Vancouver International Film Festival

Since 2016, I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing incoming directors, producers and actors attending the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF).

Did you know that VIFF screens the largest selection of East Asian films (outside of Asia) and has one of the largest non-fiction programs (outside of a Documentary Film Festival)?


In 2017, I had the pleasure of interviewing Mina Shum, whose film ‘Meditation Park’ opened the festival. Meeting Mina was a personal milestone for me – her film  ‘Double Happiness’ inspired my early interests in media production.  I remember sitting in the classroom, eyes in awe at the characters on screen who both looked and sounded familiar to me. During our interview, Mina said how important it is to put Asian faces in front of the camera and capture the diversity of human experiences. I am deeply grateful for Mina’s talents and ability to hold the lens, and share her view of a more colourful world.