FIRST-TIME DIRECTOR ANTHONY SHIM LANDS PLUM SPOT IN VIFF LINEUP

Anthony Shim says if it weren’t for the Vancouver International Film Festival he wouldn’t have seen himself reflected in movies when he was young.

Writer and director Anthony Shim on the set of his first feature film Daughter. The film has earned the B.C. Spotlight position in this year's Vancouver International Film Festival. (GREG MASSIE / PNG)

Anthony Shim says if it weren’t for the Vancouver International Film Festival he wouldn’t have seen himself reflected in movies when he was young.

Born in Seoul, the 33-year-old actor, director and writer, who moved to Coquitlam with his parents when he was eight years old, says VIFF gave him access to Korean films.

Now in its 38th year, the film festival continues to be a bright light in terms international fare (70 countries are represented), including a strong Asian line up in The Gateway program, which includes the Dragons & Tigers section — the largest selection of Pacific Asian films outside of Asia.

One of the biggest influences for a young Shim was one of the most famous names in Korean cinema — Bong Joon-Ho.

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