VIFF 2023 Spotlight: UBC Theatre and Film Alumni and Faculty Shine Bright

Congratulations to all the UBC Theatre and Film faculty and alumni featured in the 2023 Vancouver International Film Festival! We are thrilled to see so many familiar faces in the program this year. Celebrate the medium of film with a fantastic roster of cinema, talks, and live events at VIFF, September 28–October 8. 


Wild Goat Surf 

World Premiere, Drama
September 29 & October 3 

Mike Johnston (BFA Film Production) – Producer  


Premiered at TIFF (winner of the FIPRESCI Prize), Drama 
September 29 & October 1  

Meredith Hama-Brown (BFA Film Production) ­– Director 


Canadian Premiere, Experimental 
September 30 & October 1    

Anna MacDonald (BFA Film Production) ­– Cinematographer  

I’m Just Here for the Riot 

October 2 & 5 

Kathleen S. Jayme (BFA Film Production & 2023 Phil Lind Multicultural Artist in Residence) ­– Executive Producer, Director 
Mike Johnston (BFA Film Production) – Producer 
Kaayla Whachell (BFA Film Production) – Cinematographer

Physician, Heal Thyself  

World Premiere, Documentary 
October 5 & 6 

Shannon Walsh (Associate Professor, Film Production) – Executive Producer
Liam Sherriff (Dipl. Film Production) – Editor  

Les Filles du Roi  

Musical, Drama 
October 5 & 8 

Ian Mrozewski (BFA Film Production) – Cinematographer

Union Street

World Premiere, Documentary
October 2, 4, 7

Maddy Chang (BFA Film Production) – Associate Producer


Still from Seagrass by Meredith Hama-Brown


Our Grandmother the Inlet 

World Premiere 
VIFF Short Forum: Program 1
Sep 29 & October 1 

Farhad Ghaderi (BFA Film Production) – Cinematographer 

Her Name is Like a Sigh

VIFF Short Forum: Program 4
October 5 & 6 

Solara Thanh-Bình Đặng (BA Cinema Studies) – Director 
Shay Scholes (BFA Film Production) – Producer   

Gentle Hum of Spring  

Devan Scott (Adjunct Professor, Film Production) – Cinematographer 

Still from Her Name is Like a Sigh by Solara Thanh-Bình Đặng

VIFF Amp and the VSO Present: Live Score Showcase

October 7 at the Annex Theatre

Over the past two months, Emmy-nominated film and television composer Miriam Cutler has mentored five filmmakers and twelve composers to create original scores to scenes from four BC films. Hear their final works at a live-to-picture performance, along with the filmmakers who will speak about the collaboration.

Films featured include Golden Delicious by Jason Karman (MFA Film Production & Creative Writing) and Just Me and the Dogs by Dide Su Bilgin (BFA Film Production).

Catalyst Mentorship Program 2023 Cohort: 

Solara Thanh Bình Đặng (BA Cinema Studies) 
Lesha Jay Vescio (BFA Film Production)  

VIFF Catalyst is a program provided to a cohort of 15 emerging filmmakers. It aims to enhance filmmaking skills through peer and mentor interactions, fosters a collaborative environment, and builds connections within the local film community. Congrats to Solara and Lesha on this opportunity!