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Use our search function below to sort the films by their English title, the names of directors, or their country of origin. Films can also be filtered by series, genre, or Vancouver International Film Festival venue. You can also browse by film series by visiting our Browse By Series page.

The majority of films in the Vancouver International Film Festival are unrated and you must be 18 and purchase a $2 VIFF membership to attend a screening. However, a selection of films are open to all ages.

Before you make your purchase, please note The Rio is 19+ exclusively with the exception of the rated High School Screenings at this venue.

Canada

Duration: 67 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Directors Tony Massil and Pablo Alvarez-Mesa’s creative documentary follows Frank Furko, an 80-year-old eccentric living in a Pittsburgh suburb. The film focuses on Frank’s celebrity, which derives from a deeply felt friendship with Pudgie Wudgie, his 20-pound performing house cat. Supported by Frank’s 20 years of VHS video archives—mesmerizing footage that is strange, often hilarious and oddly beautiful—this is an intimate and thoughtful portrait of an older man struggling to come to terms with his very unusual past.

Animals, Biography
Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

When a Quebecois mother enters her four-year-old daughter in a Florida beauty pageant, a game of cat-and-mouse commences.

Duration: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

In the Canadian arctic, a man is haunted by a young girl that the rest of the country has forgotten. (This project was produced with the guidance of Reel Youth mentors at Inuvik Youth Centre.)

Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

Tensions mount at a women’s beginner boxing class when Sheila must contend with a classmate’s oppressive concern.

Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Shorts

The life story of a First Nations sex worker is conveyed via a ragged daytime dance through Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Duration: 2 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

A series of sticky notes make for a very difficult workday.

Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Altered States

Painted in a vibrant neon palette reminiscent of Drive, Hogtown threatens to become a slaughterhouse in Gabriel Carrer’s stylistically bold, psychologically complex revenge film. After a gang assault leaves his policewoman wife (Tianna Nori) seriously injured, Bruce (Ry Barrett) dons a S.W.A.T. uniform and patrols the streets, intent on taking his pound of flesh. Despite carrying himself like a clenched fist, his grip on reality is slipping and he begins stalking an innocent woman (Jessica Vano). “[It] lives up to its title in its brutal intensity…”—Hollywood Reporter

Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

Spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan gives us a new perspective on Charlie Chaplin.

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

In a world where women procreate asexually, male babies have become passé and an entire gender faces extinction… What’s a guy to do? Well, the youngest man alive (Patrick Gilmore), who toils as a housekeeper for a West Vancouver all-female family, is unaware that he’s about to become a key player in a battle for survival. Camera Shy’s Mark Sawers is at the height of his satirical powers with this wry speculative mockumentary.

Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror, Sex & Eroticism, Women’s Issues.
Duration: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

A journey through adolescence—that runs into the edges of a small town.

(Que nous nous assoupissions)
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

Winter has come and a strange silence has taken up residence. An unseen figure investigates, finding everyone in an uncannily deep sleep.

Duration: 75 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

VIFF favourite Charles Wilkinson (Oil Sands Karaoke) returns with a visually stunning paean to breathtaking Haida Gwaii and the spirited people who populate it. The natural beauty of this culturally rich archipelago has served as a backdrop for tragedies such as outbreaks of smallpox and the exploitation of natural resources. And yet, the Haida Nation remains undaunted, preparing for a showdown over the Northern Gateway pipeline and planning for a more sustainable future.

Aboriginal / First Nations, Environment, VIFF Impact
Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

After bombing with a new character, an aspiring comedian encounters the real-life version of the man she’s been playing.

Duration: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

An animated depiction of the experiences of dealing with a body dysmorphic disorder, disordered eating and scoliosis.

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

With a mesmerizing Michael Eklund starring as photographer Eadweard Muybridge, Kyle Rideout crafts a complex and compelling portrait of the man who’d be immortalized as both the godfather of cinema and the last American to receive a justifiable homicide verdict (for killing his wife’s lover). As fascinations distort into obsessions, Rideout skilfully employs techniques indebted to the infamous pioneer to convey Muybridge’s psychological unravelling.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Biography, Drama, History
Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they’ve transformed history? In Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis’ documentary, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer locked in a battle with the oil and gas industry. He may become one of this generation’s great leaders—if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him through the blending of the modern tools of law with ancient wisdom.

Aboriginal / First Nations, Environment, VIFF Impact, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

First he stole her breakfast, then he wouldn’t let her on the bus… why doesn’t she do anything about it? (This project was produced with Reel Youth mentors and the support of the United Way.)

Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

Suddenly hit with a devastating loss, a restless young man struggles to deal with the first stages of grief.

Duration: 44 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Episodic Stream

The one thing Josephine (“Jo”) Bradley believes about herself is that she’s a good cop. Suddenly, the body of Charles Xie, the reformed junkie son of a prominent billionaire, is found ritualistically buried. Charles’s case get assigned to Jo on one of the worst days of her life, following a cancer diagnosis and a difficult decision about treatment. Given this news, she is forced to put her personal issues aside when she goes head-to-head with the tyrannical and powerful patriarch, Li-Rong Xie.  Risking her career, Jo will tear the Xie family apart and reveal long held secrets in order to solve the murder of their youngest son.

Crime
Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

A Christian rocker-turned-youth-pastor follows his favourite youth-group member to college in order to monitor his moral integrity.

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