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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:
International Shorts

Bernie Custis, 83, was the first black quarterback in professional football. This is his story.

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

Carol (Arabella Bushnell) has a unique way of dealing with her frustrations with family, friends and co-workers: writing brutally honest songs (that frequently feature threats of violence) and leaving them on their voicemail. Carol’s creative catharsis has some immediate and unexpected consequences in this hilarious, offbeat comedy from writer-director Kris Elgstrand.

Comedy, Music & Dance
Duration: 11 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

A broken family learns to cope when their autistic son shows them everything they need—without saying a word.

Family Relations
Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

A chef who’s honed his talents in prison finds the outside world to be an unforgiving place.

Crime
Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Altered States

After having this hand lopped off by a gangster he’s offended, a brash underground cartoonist watches the disembodied appendage return to life and become a reanimated avenging angel/defender of free speech. Deliriously irreverent, wantonly vulgar and perversely gory, Matt O’Mahoney’s splatter horror flick is one of the year’s most gonzo genre offerings and “signals an underground spirit thriving in Vancouver…”—Spectacular Optical

Comedy, Sci-fi & Horror
Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Altered States

When a series of grisly murders plague a low-rent film production, a former master-editor turned whipping boy becomes the prime suspect. Astron-6 (Manborg) film collective members Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy write, direct and star in this deranged, debauched ode to ’70s Italian giallo fare. Gore, gratuitous nudity and an inspired guest appearance by Udo Kier make for the perfect late night out.

Comedy, Fantasy, Filmmaking, Sci-fi & Horror, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

A young military couple struggles to keep their marriage together through the last days of the husband’s tour.

Family Relations, Romance, War & Espionage, Women Directors
Duration: 74 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

Maureen Bradley’s debut feature is a bittersweet romantic comedy with a transgender hero in an unimaginable predicament. Oddball couple Miriam and Adam have an ill-advised and pivotal one night stand that sees them both wind up pregnant. Engagingly shot by Amy Belling, the film features standout performances from Gavin Crawford (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Naomi Snieckus (Mr. D) and Gabrielle Rose.

Comedy, Queer Interest, Romance
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

Ana Valine’s darkly comic drama centres on mother/daughter con artists who just can’t catch a break. Seen through the eyes of 16-year-old Sammie (Paloma Kwiatkowski)—who lives with her pill-popping, alcoholic mom Marlene (Suzanne Clément)—this bittersweet journey leads us through dysfunction, love and addiction, before culminating with an unusual deliverance for this compelling pair. Winner, Best Director, Leo Awards 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Crime, Family Relations, Women Directors
Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

Three friends struggle to realize their identities inside a shifting love triangle that fractures their friendship.

Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

An animated ode to filmmaker Claude Jutra and an account of his views on art and cinema.

Animation, Biography, Filmmaking
Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

A young boy falls in love in Victoria’s Chinatown and sparks a symphony in dynamite.

Comedy, Fantasy, History
(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
Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Director Ricardo Troggi (1981) delights with this hilarious and sometimes caustic souvenir of his own life when he was 17 years old. Jean-Carl Boucher plays young Ricardo as a cockeyed Quixote, fearlessly tilting at the repressive tyranny of everyday adolescence. Inspired by a surreal vision, he’s on a quirky quest that involves raging hormones, family drama and petty crime.

Comedy, Crime, Family Relations, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 2 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

A striking visual treatment of a spoken word poem, written and performed by Hopy Tareke.

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: 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
Duration: 119 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

In the crackpot mosaic that is Montréal in 1966, Jean Corbo, an idealistic 16-year-old, befriends two far-left political activists and joins the FLQ (Liberation Front of Québec), an underground movement determined to spark a socialist revolution and Québec’s separation from Canada. Director Mathieu Denis brings the true and tragic story of a decisive moment in Canadian history into sharp focus.

History
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

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