World Premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival

By Director Jeff Chiba Stearns

This October, Mixed Match will have its World Premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  It’s been a very long road completing Mixed Match and I couldn’t think of a more amazing way to celebrate the release of the film to a hometown audience.  Being based in Vancouver, VIFF has a special place in my heart and it’s the only film festivals that I’ve been able to attend over 10 years in a row.  I’ve always dreamed of having a feature film premiere at VIFF and 2016 is our year!

VIFF has been a staple since 1982, showcasing films from more than 80 countries with a quarter dedicated to documentaries.  Over 150,000 attendees attend the screenings and events over the almost two week period from September 29 to October 14, 2016.

Mixed Match will be featured alongside 10 other British Columbia produced feature films.  VIFF’s Ignite stream, presented by TELUS, is a showcase of the inspired works emerging from the creative nexus that is British Columbia.  We’re among some great company and it’s nice to see the films chosen have been directed by many of my filmmaking friends such as Ann Marie Fleming (Window Horses), Kevan Funk (Hello Destroyer),  Nettie Wild (KONELINE: our land beautiful) and Linda Ohama (A New Moon over Tohoku).  Check out the lineup at here.

Also, In advance of the festival, the #mustseeBC campaign invites audiences to preview trailers, promote BC filmmakers across social networks and VOTE for their favourite films. The film that gets the most fan votes takes the title “Audience Must-See-Film” and eats a special red carpet screening. Voting starts on September 12th on

Vancouver International Film Festival – World Premiere Screenings:

Screening 1: Oct. 4, 6:30pm at the Rio Theatre (with post-screening party TBA)

Screening 2: Oct. 6, 1pm at the Cineplex International Village  – Theatre 10

Tickets available here.


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