Lineup includes about 160 features, shorts

VANCOUVER — The Victoria Intl. Film & Video Festival kicks off Friday with a lineup of about 160 features and shorts, making it the most ambitious in its eight-year history.

“We had over 600 entries — up 150 from last year,” fest topper Kathy Kay said. “There’s everything from people who just picked up a video camera for the first time to very accomplished work. The quality has gone up, overall.”

Among the features are three world premieres: Canadian Joe Balass’ “The Devil in the Holy Water,” about the Vatican’s response to gay Catholics; American Brett Wagner’s crime story “Five Years”; and American Chip Hourihan’s “Glissando,” a psychosexual drama set in the early 1970s.

The festival concludes Feb. 10.

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