The Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF) is rolling out the red carpet for its Oscar Party, giving Niagara residents the chance to celebrate Hollywood's biggest night in a gala setting with a genuine Academy Award winner and his own Oscar trophy.

Guests will meet Colin Chilvers, winner of an Academy Award for Special Achievement in 1979 for his work on the 1978 Superman movie, starring Christopher Reeve. Chilvers will have his own Oscar statuette on hand for guests to have their picture taken with the iconic golden trophy that represents the best in filmmaking. The English director and special effects coordinator was also involved in X-Men (2000) and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). Chilvers is also well known for his work with Michael Jackson, having directed the "Smooth Criminal" segment from Moonwalker.

 Organizers of the Niagara Integrated Film Festival are also proud to fete the success of a film that debuted at Niagara's festival in 2015. The Disney/Pixar movie Inside Out is nominated for two Oscars, including nods in the best-animated picture and best director categories. It has already earned 10 Annie (Animation) Awards, for achievement in animation, since it received its advance special screening at NIFF last June.

"I expect Inside Out to have some home field advantage at Niagara's Oscar Party since its success started right here, with its sneak premiere at the Niagara Integrated Film Festival," said NIFF founder Bill Marshall.

Niagara Integrated Film Festival's Oscar Party will be held Sunday, Feb. 28 at the Stone Mill Inn in St. Catharines, Ont. The party includes hors d'oeuvres, Hollywood trivia and a celebration of the best of this year's movies. The party gives people an opportunity to watch the Academy Awards together live from LA and see how NIFF's movies fare that are up for Oscars. Tickets are $25 per person or $150 for a table of eight.

About NIFF

The Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF) is the brainchild of Toronto International Film Festival founder Bill Marshall. The festival partners with the Niagara's world-famous wineries to screen films under the summer sky in the breathtaking beauty of the region's vineyards. Last summer, more than 9,000 moviegoers savoured Niagara's delectable wines paired with sumptuous food. The summer of 2016 marks the festival's third year. Last year, it screened nearly 50 Canadian and international films.


Who: Niagara Integrated Film Festival What: Oscar Party
When: Sunday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.
Where: Stone Mill Inn, 271 Merritt St., St. Catharines, Ont.
Why: For Niagara movie buffs to celebrate Oscar Night together


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