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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: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

In order to maintain his routine, a creature must do something extraordinary.

Animation, Fantasy
Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

The past is open to re-interpretation in this irreverent selection of short films. Be it personal histories or matters of historical record, deeply entrenched attitudes or well known passages of scripture, nothing is particularly sacred here. Featured films: Day 40, Jutra, Luk’Luk’i: Mother, Mynarski Death Plummet, Not Indian Enough, Righteous, Tigerbomb! and The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer

Animation, Experimental & Avant garde, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Aboriginal / First Nations, History, Women Directors
(3e page après le soleil)
Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

An abstract exploration of ephemerality and recycling.

Animation, Fine Arts or Theatre, Experimental & Avant garde
(Tu dors Nicole)
Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Nicole (Julianne Côté ) has some growing up to do in this sweetly absurd, wryly comic third feature from Stéphane Lafleur (Continental, a Film Without Guns). Vibrantly shot in textured black-and-white 35mm, the appealing dramedy displays a disciplined visual sense, a good ear for dialogue and characters that become more endearing as the episodic action progresses. "Unconventional and slyly entertaining…"—Screen

Comedy, Music & Dance, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

Four New Westminster youths set out to spread the glove… but people in their community don’t quite understand what that means.

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Companionship can be a funny thing… Or a tragic thing… Or an unsettling thing… These short films tell the stories of characters who are tormented by affairs of the heart, hopelessly entangled with one another or left yearning for such complications (be they romantic or otherwise). Featured films: The Acting Teacher, Burnt Grass, Dead Hearts, Hard Card, Hole, Howard & Jean, Life’s a Bitch and Withering Heights

Animals, Comedy, Disabilities, Drama, Family Relations, Fantasy, Queer Interest, Romance, Sci-fi & Horror, Women Directors
Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
BC Spotlight

Director Julia Kwan documents the pivotal changes affecting the culture and economy of Vancouver’s Chinatown, one of the oldest in North America. With humour and sympathy, Kwan introduces us to residents who see their way of living eroding and to others who welcome the transition, including real estate consultant Bob Rennie.

Economics & Globalization, History
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

A kid and his Big Brother mess around in the streets of a metropolis.

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

An acting guru leads two hapless performers through a scene from A Streetcar Named Desire.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Comedy
(La Répétition)
Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Arts and Letters

Can thousands of carefully synchronized gestures and movements recreate an overall choreography?

Animation, Filmmaking, Music & Dance
Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

The inciting incidents in this riveting collection of inventive short films aren’t for the faint of heart or closed of mind. Industrial accidents, infestations and impending invasions set into motion reincarnation, revolution and musical numbers. Featured films: Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story, Bengal Light, Cutaway, The Hearing, Just Living, Kreb, Pour Retourner, Third Page from the Sun and What Doesn’t Kill You

Animation, Experimental & Avant garde, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Aboriginal / First Nations, Music & Dance, Romance, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Canadian Images

A woman confronts her cousin, who’s been telling people that she isn’t actually First Nations.

Comedy, Aboriginal / First Nations
Duration: 75 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

We devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. We love food and yet—thanks to our expensive obsession with expiration dates and perfect produce—we throw nearly half of it in the trash. Attempting to live waste-free, filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jen Rustemeyer subsist on discarded food for six months. Their documentary charts their experiment’s shocking revelations. Winner, Emerging Artist Award, Hot Docs 2014.

Economics & Globalization, Food, Farm & Garden, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Academy Award-winning director John Zaritsky (Leave Them Laughing), a bit of an oddball himself, returns with an engaging, light-hearted look at eccentrics. From a desert hermit to Denman Street’s Duck Lady, we’re introduced to those who dare, or are driven, to be different. Eccentrics are healthier and happier, as we discover in this funny, touching and thought-provoking film.

Comedy
Duration: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Canadian Images

On Noah’s Ark, the animals discover the darker side of their natures and things get unholy very fast.

Animation, Animals, Comedy, History, Religion, Spirituality & Myth, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Maybe location isn’t quite everything in these short films but it’s certainly integral. A haunted lighthouse, eerie acoustics lab and sleepy prairie community are but some of the atmospheric environments that these compelling stories immerse us in. Featured films: Bison, Broken Face, Chamber Drama, Eclissi, Fallow, Lifers, Light and Sleeping Giant

Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family Relations, Fantasy, History, Immigration, Sci-fi & Horror, Women Directors
Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Late Additions

Acclaimed filmmaker Thomas Burstyn (This Way of Life) turns his inquisitive camera on his aunt and uncle: Yolanda Sonnabend, a London artist who resides in decaying splendor, and Joseph Sonnabend, an esteemed AIDS physician who’s returned to a house he hates and sister he can’t relate to. The enthralling result is a film about family relations, fractured sibling love, gender, art, science, diaspora and legacy—and the uncomfortable role of the filmmaker as voyeur, confidant, family.

Drama
(Qu'est-ce qu'on fait ici?)
Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Yan, Simon, Roxanne, Maxime and his sister Lily are in their early 20s and absolutely anything seems possible. They’ve been friends forever and the future is bright. Then, on a lovely summer’s day, Yan dies in a car crash… Director Julie Hivon follows their desperate attempts to make some kind of sense of life without Yan.

Women Directors

Canada, Norway

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,Norway, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

Best known as the drummer for Vancouver-based We Are the City, Andrew Huculiak makes his directorial debut with this beautiful, atmospheric film shot in Norway and inspired by the band’s latest album. It stars newcomer Dagny Backer Johnsen as a young woman who, after enduring a catastrophic event, loses herself in memories of the people who loved her most.

Experimental & Avant garde, Fantasy, Music & Dance

Canada, France

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,France, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Sturla Gunnarsson’s latest is a personal reflection on chaos, creation and faith in a land of believers. He explores the incomparably vast seasonal weather system that permeates and unifies the immense and varied cultures of India. As the huge system gradually engulfs every region of the country, we meet a remarkable array of individuals whose lives are fundamentally affected by the phenomenon.

Economics & Globalization, Environment, Extreme Weather

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