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Finding Fred Lee

He was the first Chinese-Canadian soldier to volunteer for his country that denied him the vote. He was selected for machine gun duty, and participated in two of Canada’s most epic battles. Then he disappeared without a trace, grave marker, or obituary. He has been forgotten for 100 years.

Jack M Gin

Jack Gin is recognized for achievements in film, business and philanthropy. A 2023 recipient of the BC Community Achievement Award, and a past winner of Canada”s Pacific Region Entrepreneur-of-the-Year award, he is a natural leader and storyteller, and a very busy ”retiree” leading, mentoring, directing and giving across his community.

Presented as Part Of WestCoast Doc Shorts

She Sings for the World

Amidst Vancouver's multicultural backdrop, a Chinese-Canadian student explores his Opera Singer mother's enigm...
18 min | Beau Han Bridge | | Canadian Premiere | Mandarin & English | English
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House Special: Food is Love

In Chinese culture, we say ''I love you'' through food. In answering the age-old question: how did food come t...
22 min | Ryan Mah | | World Premiere | English | Yes
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Unwavering is a story about familial love conquering all odds. It is a throwback to the life lessons a mother ...
18 min | Jason Chau | | World Premiere | English – Cantonese | English – Chinese
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Jack Gin
Jack Gin / Finding Fred Lee
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The film has had a “Community Screening” for one evening at the Kamloops Film Festival (Feb 2023) for a small audience to honour the hometown of the subject matter soldier.
Award Winner
San Jose Independent Film Festival, Sept 2023 – Semi Finalist Best Documentary Berlin International Art Film Festival, April 2023 – Best Documentary Short San Francisco Arthouse Short Festival, April 2023 – Semi Finalist Florence Film Awards, March 2023 – Gold Award Documentary Short Milan Gold Awards, March 2023 – Silver Award Documentary Short Paris Film Awards, Feb 2023 – Gold Award Documentary Short IndieX Film Fest LA, Feb 2023 – Outstanding Achievement Documentary Short Independent Shorts Awards LA, Feb 2023 – Silver Award Documentary Art Film Spirit Awards Toronto, May 2023 – Nominee Best Documentary Film

Festival passes

This year, VAFF 2023 FESTIVAL, screening programs in person and virtual will be organized into various series in order to better highlight the diverse content in our festival. These Series include Spotlight Series, Documentary Features Series, Narrative Features Series, Westcoast Shorts Series, Canadian Shorts Series, International Short Series, Animation Series, VAFF Industry Insight Series and Special Events.

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Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas

88 W Pender St 3rd floor, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9

Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas

88 W Pender St 3rd floor, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9