Thank you VSAFF fans!


What a terrific opening day at the 2013 VSAFF!

There was great support for the films all day long and the gala showing of Material sold out!

Deputy Mayor Tony Tang was on hand to declare April 11-16 South Africa Week in Vancouver, on behalf of Mayor Gregor Robertson.

The South African High Commissioner to Canada, His Excellency Membathisi Mdladlana, spoke beautifully and even sang for us.

The Vancouver Whitecaps kindly donated tickets and a signed jersey, and young defender Ethen Sampson, from Mitchells Plain near Cape Town, was there to present to the winners.

Material was a huge hit and we were thrilled to have on of the actors, Nik Rabinowitz, in the crowd.

Thanks to all our gala sponsors for the delicious food and drinks!

See you again Sunday for four more films, closing at 7 p.m. with Little One, South Africa’s nominee for the best foreign language Oscar.

All proceeds from the VSAFF go to Education without Borders, a fully-volunteer local charity that does educational development work at schools in Gugulethu and the surrounding townships near Cape Town.


Gala showing of Material is SOLD OUT

VSAFF fans, thanks for all your support so far. Tonight’s gala showing of Material is a sell out!

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and there is no priority seating (apologies to pass holders), so please arrive at an appropriate time to get good seats.

There is a slim chance that a handful of tickets could be available at the door right before showtime, but only if other ticket holders don’t show up. We will make that decision around 7:30 p.m. There will be a rush line at the theatre. Please bring cash if you’d like to wait in that line. No promises, sorry.

There are lots of great films all day Sunday, including our closing film, the world premiere of Little One, which was South Africa’s nominee for best foreign language film at the Oscars.