VIFF to open with 'Bones of Crows,' close with 'Broker,' adds emerging director prize

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VANCOUVER — The Vancouver International Film Festival will open with the Indigenous drama "Bones of Crows," and has added an international film prize for emerging directors.

Organizers say the 41st edition will be "a complete in-person film festival," with roughly 130 features and 100 shorts. A small selection will be available for streaming across British Columbia.

The festival launches Sept. 29 with "Bones of Crows" by Métis filmmaker Marie Clements and wraps with the South Korean crime story "Broker," by Hirokazu Kore-eda, on the final two days of the fest, Oct. 8 and 9.

New this year is a competitive series dubbed Vanguard, featuring eight narrative films by first and second-time directors.

The inaugural roster will see titles from Australia, India, and Mongolia vie for a $5,000 prize. VIFF also hands out $15,000 prizes for best Canadian film and best Canadian documentary, $3,000 for best emerging Canadian director and several audience awards.

Other titles bound for VIFF include buzzy festival films "Triangle of Sadness," "The Whale," "Women Talking" and "Brother."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 7, 2022.

The Canadian Press