global visions festivalThis year’s Global Visions Festival in Edmonton will screen 45 documentaries from around the word, including 3 Academy Award Nominees, with 24 countries represented. They have added three new Special Events and a new Doc Shorts series. The goal of the festival is to use film as a catalyst for discussion and exposure to culture and social issues while entertaining and the festival promises audiences will have a complete experience of both this year. From the quality of film submissions they received from around the world, to their Academy Award nominated presentations, the festival is proud to stake its claim as Canada’s longest running documentary film festival.

The festival kicks off Wednesday February 27 in the morning with the 14th annual Youth Media Day and a special GVFF Sneak Peek Call Me Kuchu in the evening. On Thursday February 28, Opening Night Gala, they present the 2013 Academy Award Nominee How To Survive a Plague.

We are so excited to present Oscar nominated How To Survive a Plague for our 31st opening night. This is a very special film in that it not only documents one of our worlds’ major health epidemics from the beginning of the 80′s when the world was full of stigma and panic; it also documents with original footage the amazing work people were doing to fight this disease at a time when many shunned them, showing the power of passion, teamwork, education and knowledge to make change in the world.

Beryl Bacchus, Global Visions Executive Director

New special events have been added including a DOC 101 Workshop & GVFF PitchFest LIVE 2013 where Albertans can learn the ins-and-outs of documentary filmmaking and pitch their documentary ideas for prizing. Panel includes award winning filmmaker Dylan Pearce Baby Blues, Stephanie McArtur – hotDocs, Mark Power – National Film Board and Avi Federgreen – IndieCan Entertainment.

For the first time ever they honour music and documentary with a special event SOUND & VISIONS. With special guests, Canadian music business icon Bernie Finkelstein Bruce Cockburn – Pacing The Cage , founder of True North records and a live taping of CKUA Mulligan Stew with Terry David Mulligan in attendance. Other guests include, Canadian Producer, Avi Federgreen and Director/ Composer Marco DiFelice. Live music performance by Edmonton’s own the Blue Montegos!

Closing Night Reception they welcome Stephen Wampler and Director Elizabeth Wampler of Wampler’s Ascent.

Global Visions 2013 takes place from February 27th – March 3rd. See the full lineup of films. Tickets are available at TIX in the Square, Remedy Café, Earth’s General Store and Garneau Theatre. See more at www.globalvisionsfestival.com