Go mobile at VIFF


Go mobile at VIFF: Tap into 10 Mobile iPhone Apps in Vancouver

Do you like the iPhone? Of course, you do, and whether you’re waiting to trade up to the next iPhone 4S or continue to enjoy the iPhone 4, here’s a round-up of ten iPhone apps that you’ll want to check out if you plan on visiting Vancouver, BC, soon for the Vancouver International Film Festival. These apps are tailored towards visitors, but even local Vancouver residents might find a few worthy to add to their iPhone screens.

    1. Vancouver International Film Festival Mobile Guide (DO)
      The 2011 VIFF Mobile Guide powered by XOMO is a great improvement on last year’s and users can explore this versatile and resourceful guide to the film festival including peruse the film schedule, save and favorite films, map venue locations, order film and event tickets, share films via Facebook and Twitter, watch film trailers, view images and more. Get this free app and check out VIFF.


  • Vancouver Sheraton Wall Centre (STAY)
    Find a room at the centrally located Vancouver Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver’s city center near the Davie Village and the Granville entertainment district. Film venues for the Vancouver International Film Festival are walking distance nearby including the Pacific Cinematheque Pacifique, Empire Granville 7, The VISA Screening Room at the Vogue Theatre, and the Vancity Theatre. This elegant hotel is also close to nearby clubs, bars, and dining in Yaletown, the Davie Village and Robson Street in Vancouver’s West End.



  • Sandman Hotel Group (STAY)
    Centrally located near Vancouver’s financial district, retail core and Chinatown, the Sandman Hotel is close by VIFF venues, dining, and shopping. It’s also walkable to Skytrain which is minutes away from connecting to Amtrak trains at Pacific Central Station.



  • Lonely Planet Vancouver City Guide (EXPLORE)
    Explore Vancouver with the Lonely Planet Vancouver City Guide. Locate restaurants, hotels, landmarks, discover neighborhoods and view maps in the iPhone app version of the Lonely Planet Vancouver City Guide edition in print.



  • Urbandig (EXPLORE)
    Eat and drink like a local. Curated city guides to Vancouver offer a selection of Gastown pubs, cheap eats between Kensington-Cedar Cottage and Collingwood along Kingsway, and watering holes along Main Street. Urbandig adds local flavor to Vancouver, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.



  • Foursquare (CHECK IN)
    Did you just become mayor of Wreck Beach? Check out who the mayor is and discover Vancouver’s plentiful restaurants, bars, hotels, landmarks and locations and check in. Foursquare’s participating partners like Starbucks offer promos. Also, discover the city through Foursquare user lists and read tips about what’s good to check out. Who knows, you might earn the Zoetrope badge for every VIFF venue check-in.



  • Street Food Vancouver (EAT)
    Film festival folks have serious business to do: see world cinema. And watching movies throughout the day can spur an appetite. Check out Street Food Vancouver and locate the nearest sidewalk vendor for a quick bite between films.



  • Vancouver Free Wifi (CONNECT)
    If you’re not a Vancouver resident with roaming service on Rogers, you might want to consider finding the nearest wifi connection outside of your hotel room. Although it’s 99-cents, it will help locate free hotspots around town.



  • NFB Films (WATCH)
    This amazing free app is perfect to indulge in contemporary Canadian cinema from all genres as well as documentaries and short films. In between enjoying films at VIFF, check out and watch full-length downloadable Canadian-produced films from the National Film Board of Canada.



  • Amtrak (GET THERE)
    For travelers south of the border, Amtrak’s newly launched Amtrak iPhone app is a terrific asset to have on your iPhone. Check train schedules for Amtrak Cascades, buy tickets, and get arrival and departure information. Amtrak Cascades serves Portland, Oregon, Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle, Edmonds, Everett, and Bellingham, Washington. Washington State residents are required to carry either a valid US Passport or an Enhanced Drivers License / Enhanced ID for travel into British Columbia. Visit Amtrak Cascades site for further travel details (http://www.amtrakcascades.com).


Tap in, check in, check out and connect and have a terrific time in Vancouver for the Vancouver International Film Festival (viff.org).

Editor’s Note: Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs has passed away today. Mr. Jobs’ innovative passion and the development of the iPhone and iOS technologies is a tremendous advance in communication, software, language, entertainment and intellect. May we express many condolences to his passing and acknowledge his legacy to technology, culture and creativity.

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