Vancouver fest bows local pix

400 films from 50 countries to be screened

VANCOUVER — Four of the nine fiction feature films made in western Canada to be shown at the Vancouver Intl. Film Festival next month will be world premieres.

The Vancouver productions are Ryan Bonder’s “Day Drift,” Ross Weber’s “No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” and Marc Retailleau’s “Noroc.” “Bad Money” marks Alberta filmmaker John Hazlett’s bow.

A total of 23 fiction feature films will be shown in the Canadian Images section of the fest, which will run Sept. 24-Oct. 10.

Accompanying the 18-year-old fest will be the 14th annual Film and Television Trade Forum, running Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver.

The film fest will have a total of 400 screenings of 275 films from 50 countries at seven city venues.

The complete list of fest films and documentaries will be announced on Sept. 9.

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