For Immediate Release:

Global Visions Documentary Film Festival Announces 2013 Opening Night Film: Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary, How To Survive A Plague

Kicking off on February 28th with 2013 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary, How To Survive a Plague, the Global Visions Film Festival is proud to announce the biggest and most critically acclaimed lineup of films in its 31-year history.

“We are so excited to present this extraordinary film to launch our 31st edition”, says Global Visions Executive Director, Beryl Bacchus. “This is a very special film that documents one of the major health epidemics of our time. Most remarkably, through the use of never-before-seen archival footage, we see first-hand the amazing work people did to fight this disease, at a time when many of their own friends and families shunned them.”

In addition to How To Survive a Plague, Global Visions is thrilled to announce the exclusive Edmonton premiere of another of this year’s Best Documentary nominees, The Gatekeepers, as well as some of the year’s best-reviewed films, including:
* 2013 Academy Award Nominee & Winner of 23 international film festival awards (including Audience Award for Best Documentary at SXSW 2012), Chasing Ice. * Sundance 2012 Grand Jury Prize Winner, The House I Live In, * Hot Docs 2012 Best International Documentary Winner, Call Me Kuchu,* And the much-heralded, crowd-pleasing festival favorite, Paul Williams Still Alive. 

“It’s a sign of the growing prestige of this festival on the global film festival circuit that so many high profile and award-winning films would choose Global Visions as the platform with which to launch here in Edmonton”, says Global Visions Program Director, Guy Lavallee. “It’s really a testament to the hard work and passion of everyone involved with this festival that filmmakers are increasingly keen to have their films included.”
Festival SuperPasses, 6-Packs, and tickets to the Opening Night film, How to Survive a Plague, are now on sale in person and online at TIX on the Square; as well as at Remedy Café (Southside / Downtown), Earth’s General Store, and Metro Cinema at the Garneau as of Monday, January 28th.

Global Visions 2013 takes place from February 27th – March 3rd. Full lineup of films will be announced on February 1st. For more: visit,, or on Twitter @GlobalVisionsFF.