The first ever Vancouver Irish Film Festival ( VIRFF) kicks off this week, showcasing the best that Irish cinema has to offer. Highlights of the festival programme include the opening night screening of Carmel Winters’ Float Like a Butterfly; fresh from its success at the Cork Film Festival; plus Sinéad O’Shea’s powerful documentary, A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot;
Alex Fegan’s award-winning documentary, Older Than Ireland; and Darren Thornton’s A Date for Mad Mary. Also screening in Vancouver will be a number of classic Irish dramas, including
Good Vibrations (2012); the story of Belfast music promoter Terri Hooley; and children’s favourite, War of the Buttons (1994). The Vancouver Irish Film Festival runs from December 7 to 9: full details at virff.org.