Mar 8, 2016

Vancouver, BC – Langara Film Arts will be well represented at this year’s Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, with two Langara graduate-produced films being featured.

The festival, in its 11th year, opens today and runs through to March 13 at VIFF’s Vancity Theatre and will showcase work by established and emerging filmmakers from around the world including Langara alumni, Melanie Jones and Sandra Ignagni.

Melanie will present her feature-length film, FSM (Female Seeking Male), which follows Samantha, a talented and up-and-coming underground DJ in Vancouver, who experiences alienation and isolation, despite the progressively integrated world of music, computers, telephones, and social media in which she lives. Melanie made the entire film for $10,000 as the first BC filmmaker to be selected to compete in Avi Federgreen’s Indiecan 10K Challenge.

Sandra Ignagni will present her short doc Sniff! The Art of Air Tasting, which follows artist Alex Grünefelder as he explains the theory, practice, and purpose of the environmental awareness of tasting air.

“We are very proud of our students with their recent successes in the industry and a hearty congratulations to Film Arts alumna Melanie Jones for her success with her feature which also was an official selection at Whistler Film Festival,” said Garwin Sanford, Department Chair, Langara Film Arts. Sanford also plays a lead role in Siobhan Devine’s, The Birdwatcher, starring Gabrielle Rose and Camille Sullivan.

“Our alumni are also seeing success in TV with the six episode series The Switch picked up for broadcast by Out TV. The series was created and produced by alumni Amy Fox along with fellow grad and producer Ingo Lou and will air starting this month.”

Schedule at the VanCity Theatre

  • FSM  – Thursday, March 10, 8:30 pm
  • Sniff! The Art of Art  – Sunday, March 13, 3:00 pm
  • The Birdwatcher – Wednesday, March 9, 8:30 pm

Visit the website for the full schedule.

About Vancouver International Women in Film Festival
The 11th Vancouver International Film Festival is organized by the Women in Film + Television Vancouver. This year’s festival will be held at the Vancity Theatre from March 8-13, 2016. The Festival will present films made by women from around the world over six days of screenings, conversation, presentations, parties and more. 

Visit for further details.

About Langara Film Arts
Film Arts is an eight-month intensive, collaborative, and comprehensive program designed to train industry-ready directors, writers, and actors. The program runs each year from January to August. For more info, visit 

Over the past few years, the Film Arts program at Langara College has made big waves in the film industry. Find out what some of our past graduates are up to on the Langara website

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Garwin Sanford
Department Chair, Film Arts
Langara College 

Carly Barrett
Communications Officer
Communications & Marketing 
Langara College