Film festival declared a success

Last weekend's fourth installment of a made-in-Richmond film festival was a success, according to its creator.

"Some audience [members] told us that in the past, they had to go to Vancouver to see art and foreign films. Now they can enjoy it here," said Ying Wang, executive director of Cinevolution Media Arts Society, which produced the Your Kontinent event.

Added Wang: "Some said Richmond now has more sophisticated art events, and it has raised the bar of the art activities."

The festival, held at the Richmond Cultural Centre July 21 to 24, screened 21 films, and featured a video art installation by Paul Wong.

Wang said the festival's two multimedia shows were sold out, and its Afternoon Tea and Dim Sum Movie events—combining tea and food with film—were a hit with audiences.

The festival was previously known as the New Asia Film Festival. But its new focus celebrated international film and media arts of all cultures.

Wang said she plans to stay the course for next year, and expand the multimedia program and interactivity of the festival.

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