Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival 2014

World Champion Climber, Sasha DiGuilian will be the Opening Night Speaker at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, on February 7 at the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver.  American DiGuilian currently holds the titles of Female Overall World Champion; World Ranking Leader, Female Outdoor Sport Climbing; and three-time US National Champion, Female.

Sasha Digiulian

Sasha Digiulian

Festival Director Alan Formanek of the VIMFF says, “We’re very excited to have Sasha DiGuilian kick off the festival. Sasha is currently the strongest North American climber: she is the first and only North American Woman to achieve the 5.14d grade and to onsight 5.14a. She is also the youngest woman in the world to climb this grade, and a huge promise for the future. This year in August she became the first woman to climb Bellavista in the Dolomites in Italy, graded 5.14c, one of the hardest climbs on a big wall.”

In addition to 25 speakers and 70 films from around the world, the VIMFF awards 12 Prizes of Cash and Equipment.  A selection committee will screen all submissions and choose finalists for the festival.  An international jury will screen all short listed films and award prizes in the categories below:

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Festival Grand Prize: (Best Film Overall)  $1,000
Best Mountaineering Film: (The Alpine Club of Canada Award)  $500
Best Canadian Film: (Festival Award)  $500
Best Adventure Film: (Innate Award)  $500 in product
Jury’s Award: (Festival Award)  $500
Best Mountain Culture Film: (B.C.M.C. Award)  $500
Best Rock Climbing Film: (Katherine Rae Award)  Equipment Award
Best Mountain Biking Film: (Festival Award)  Equipment Award
Best Skiing/Snowboarding Film: (Festival Award)  Equipment Award
Best Water Film: (Festival Award)  Equipment Award
Best Environmental Film: (Festival Award)  Equipment Award
Best Short Film: (Festival Award)  Equipment Award

An incredible mix of local and international world class climbers, skiers, paddlers, outdoor and environmental activists will come together at this year’s 17th Annual Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF), February 7 – 15, 2014.  The festival will be at the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver, and the Cinematheque and Rio Theatres in Vancouver.

The showcase promises to thrill audiences with live stories and films of adventure from all over the world. With presentations from big wall explorers, rock climbers, backcountry skiers, mountain bikers and wild river paddlers, this year’s festival will leave the crowd breathless.  The VIMFF will highlight the talents of athletes who dare to push the limits of climbing and exploration with activists who strive to preserve our precious mountain environment.

About the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

The VIMFF provides the outdoor communities of Vancouver and the Pacific North-West with international films and presentations on the topics of mountain culture and mountain sports. The Festival also creates a platform for the exchange of ideas between filmmakers, outdoor activists, and the public, while at the same time supporting the most artistic and effective ways of communicating outdoor-related issues. VIMFF is a not-for-profit organisation.

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More info: www.vimff.org , info@vimff.org or (604)984-4484.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/theVIMFF , or Twitter: @theVIMFF

The VIMFF is grateful for the support from: The Arts Office, Arc’teryx, MEC, North Shore News, and Clif Bar.


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