Fans of independent movies gathered for an evening of film and Scottish-themed fun as the Victoria Film Festival launched its 24th annual affair Friday.
Attendees, some garbed in Scottish attire, enjoyed a showing of Waterboys (2016, Netherlands/UK) at the Victoria Conference Centre to start the night, then Greater Victoria Police Pipe Band member David McMillan piped the crowd up Douglas Street and around to the Fort Street entrance of The Bay Centre, where they enjoyed traditional Scottish music, whisky cocktails and a selection of food items.
The gala was the kickoff to nine days of screening of approximately 80 films from around the world. Some have already proven to be so popular that they are sold out. To check availability of tickets for individual showings, visit victoriafilmfestival.com, call the office at 250-389-0444 or drop by 1215 Blanshard St. between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.