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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, France

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,France, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features

In recent years, Su Rynard noticed that birds she used to see—grosbeaks, flycatchers, barn swallows—were nowhere to be found. Indeed, songbirds are rapidly disappearing and their absence is a message to us all. Humans share an ageless bond with birds and their songs: in ancient times, we looked to bird’s flight patterns and listened to their melodies to predict the future. Today, the birds once again have something to tell us. "The Messenger hums with the kind of restless energy that’s all too rare for an eco-doc."—POV Magazine

Animals, Environment, VIFF Impact

Canada

(Chienne de vie)
Duration: 67 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Hélène Choquette’s documentary examines the symbiotic relationships that form between homeless people and their faithful canine companions. On the sometimes mean streets of Montréal and Toronto, the dogs and their owners offer one another company, protection and unconditional love. This remarkably candid film provides genuine insight into the homeless experience from an unusual angle, inspiring newfound compassion and understanding.

Animals, The Great Divide, VIFF Impact
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: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Shorts

Maurice made a list: pick a date, retire, sell the car, see old friends and empty the garage. Then, die with dignity.

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: 101 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Guy Édoin brings us the engaging story of an internationally famous French/Italian actress (Monica Bellucci) who arrives in in Montreal to shoot a movie and reconnect with her university-aged son (Alyosha Schneider). Their fates collide with those of a nurse (Pascale Bussières) and paramedic (Patrick Hivon) during a disturbing event in Ville-Marie Hospital’s emergency room.

Drama, Family Relations, Queer Interest
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: 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: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

After having seen his estranged uncle on the bus for the first time in years, Eric weighs the merits and risks of reaching out.

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: 2 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

Animated with the director’s own blood, this is a violent poem about ideals worth shedding blood for. Or not.

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: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

Faye Farber, 85 years old, has a movie star attitude and whole lot of spirit. (This project was produced with Reel Youth mentors and the support of Revera.)

(Bleu Tonnerre)
Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Shorts

Directionless and homeless after a breakup, a sawmill worker pulls out his wrestling unitard and climbs back into the ring.

Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

It’s not easy to brave the gaze of others at the beach when your body still bears the traces of a tragic event.

Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

Accompanying teen brothers on their daily routine of complicity and intimidation, Star tackles themes of identity and friendship.

Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

An “intertidal artist” ambitiously crafts a memorial out of the marine debris from the great East Japan earthquake and tsunami that washes ashore in Tofino.

Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 1987
Series:
Canadian Images
Animation
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: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

A portrait of DJ Rhiannon, a rising star and one of a handful of female DJs who’ve “made it” in an industry controlled by men.

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