Founded in 1982, The Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society is a not-for-profit cultural organization that operates the internationally acclaimed Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), the annual VIFF Industry Conference and the year-round programming of the Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre.
The Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society (“Society”) is a not-for-profit cultural society whose mandate is to:
- Encourage understanding of the world’s cultures through the art of cinema, to foster the art of cinema, to facilitate the meeting in British Columbia of cinema professionals from around the world, and to stimulate the motion picture industry in British Columbia.
- Operate an annual Vancouver International Film Festival, a public celebration bringing the best in contemporary Canadian and international cinema and retrospective programs to British Columbia.
- Operate the Vancouver International Film Centre and Vancity Theatre, providing the public and film community with an excellent facility for the appreciation of cinema and related art forms throughout the year.
Both in terms of admissions and number of films screened (144,000 and 349 respectively in 2014) VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. We screen films from more than 70 countries on nine screens, including the pick of the world’s top film fests and many undiscovered gems.
Three main programming platforms make our festival unique: we screen one of the largest selections of East Asian films outside of that region, we are one of the biggest showcases of Canadian film in the world and we have a large and vibrant nonfiction program.
Attracting a large, attentive and enthusiastic audience the festival remains accessible, friendly and culturally diverse. As the critics say, VIFF is very much a festival “designed for the benefit of people who love films and people who make them.”
For more information on the scope of the 2015 Festival, please see our 2015 fact sheet.
The premier screen-based media conference on the West Coast, the VIFF Industry Conference takes place during the heart of the Vancouver International Film Festival. Offering four days of professional development for registered participants, session topics are wide-ranging and industry-relevant, from content creation and financing, to marketing and direct distribution, to storytelling and audience engagement.
“Best of The Best ... Vancity is the city’s top-rated all-round cinema.” — Vancouver Sun
“Cinephiles will think they’ve died and gone to heaven.” — Time Out Vancouver
“With the VIFC’s state-of-the-art projection and sound equipment, huge screen and plush seats with ample legroom and double armrests(to prevent elbow fighting), the designers have succeeded in creating something very like the optimal viewing environment.” — Business Week
Year-round, the luxurious Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre screens some of the best festival-style films from around the world. VIFF’s renowned programming team presents unique, relevant and entertaining films that might otherwise go unseen by Vancouver film-lovers.
In addition to being home to VIFF’s offices and the Vancity Theatre, The Vancouver International Film Centre – including its stunning atrium – is also available for private rental by individuals and organizations.
The Vancity Theatre has been designed to dazzle. Come and enjoy exceptional cinema the way it was meant to be seen.