Global Visions Film Fest, 2012

The 30th annual GVFF will screen some of the year's most socially relevant documentaries from around the world, over four days

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN

The 30th annual GVFF is March 1-4.
CANADA'S longest-running documentary film festival, Global Visions, is celebrating its 30th year! Not too shabby for a small-time event that started up 29 years ago at the Edmonton Learners Centre, as the Third World Film Festival, "dedicated to presenting socially relevant films from around the world exploring issues of social, economic, and environmental development.

"Our mandate is to promote film and video as catalysts for reflection, discussion, and responsible action," claims the GVFF, which runs this year from March 1-4 at various venues throughout the city. "We operate from the understanding that the world is getting smaller, and that all people are diverse, interconnected, interdependent citizens of the global village."

The 4-day event will showcase feature and short documentaries from across Canada and around the globe, as well as our own backyard, in addition to public workshops, and panel discussions with filmmakers and community groups.

The 2012 Opening Night Gala will take place on Thursday, March 1 at 7:30PM (doors @ 7), and will present Charles Wilkinson's award-winning Peace Out (see below) at Metro Cinema. Breakfast Television's Bridget Ryan will also host a Q&A after the screening with director Wilkinson. Tickets are $18.

The 2012 Global Visions Film Festival will present screenings this year at Metro (8712-109 St.), Crowne Plaza (10111 Bellamy Hill), Sutton Place Hotel (10235-101 St.), Empire Theatre (10200-102 Ave.), and the Art Gallery of Alberta (2 Sir Winston Churchill Square). Tickets and packages range from $10-$75, and are available at Metro, both Remedy Cafe locations, and Earth's General Store.

For the complete schedule of films for the 2012 GVFF click here.

Below is a look at Charles Wilkinson's 'Peace Out' film, which will screen at this year's GVFF Opening Night Gala, on March 1.

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