This year marks my first time attending the Vancouver International Film Festival. I had been told that the festival has quite a different vibe than TIFF which I have attended, so I was looking forward to the new experience. When VIFF Gala Producer Barbara Chirinos revealed the Opening Night Gala after-party theme to me a while ago, I knew I wanted to attend. The “1939 Old Hollywood” themed Gala included entertainment, music, decorations and characters from the era, along with delectable food.
I had a blast seeing many friends, meeting fun new people, and getting to take in some spectacular performances. One of my favourite shows was that of the Burlesque Performer Nicky Ninedoors. As you will see in my “Mandy’s World” video, she is just as lovely in person as she is when she is performing. I had wonderful humorous interviews throughout the night and I look forward to the rest of this year’s VIFF.