Art and Experience: Pacific United Productions in Vancouver, Canada, under the direction of Dr. Amir Houshang Hashemi, producer, filmmaker and veteran journalist, over the past decade with the aim of identifying and supporting emerging talent and talented filmmakers, especially contemporary Iranian cinema, regularly exhibits numerous feature and short films at the Vancouver Cinematheque and the Kay Meek Arts Center in West Vancouver, as well as honoring prominent film personalities as well as investing, managing and producing the Vancouver International Independent Film Festival. Despite the limitations of the Corona epidemic, the Vancouver Independent Film Festival continued to operate in the form of offline and online competition as in previous years, receiving unparalleled acclaim from young filmmakers, with several independent films from around the world succeeding during this time, to win awards and add to their international reputation.

Following the reduction of restrictions, at the first opportunity to issue a permit to hold the ceremony and to declare the presence of spectators in cinemas unrestricted, it was decided that this year’s festival, instead of its official time which was held in a five-day ceremony in January, this year will be held in two nights, and focusing on the competitive section of young short filmmakers from around the world, and the iconic films of these promising filmmakers, some of whom have won numerous awards from around the world and will be judged by the international jury of this year’s festival.

On November 6th and 7th, eager spectators will be able to watch the marathon of selected short films from the festival at the Kay Meek Arts Center in West Vancouver from 2 to 6 p.m. This year’s host will be Canadian actress and model Lauren Johnston, and the winners will be announced at the end of the event.

For ending of each night, and in order to present the valuable works of Iranian cinema to international audiences, an Iranian feature film will be screened from 6 to 8 pm: the movie “Shin” starring Shahab Hosseini on November 6 and an episodic feature film “Golden Time” on the night of November 7.

The Independent Institute of Culture and Arts, Minerva Film and Diar Company, deserve a lot of appreciation for providing the opportunity to review and select Iranian short films selected for the international competition section of the Vancouver Independent Film Festival. Due to the 50% capacity of the hall, the observance of health protocols and the sale of limited tickets for this festival (244 people per day) will be done only through a special link on the Kay Meek Arts Center website or the cinema box office, and a certificate must be submitted to enter the cinema hall. Complete vaccination certificate is mandatory.