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

Over the course of two days, a lifeguard stationed at English Bay undergoes an existential crisis.

Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

A collection of short films about characters who’ve run afoul of the fates and occasionally the actual law. For what it’s worth, these deviants, delinquents and hard-luck cases aren’t in this alone. But can anyone or anything arrest their free falls?

Duration: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 1988
Series:
Canadian Images
Animation
Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Shorts

A tea-time get-together between old friends reveals the seedy indiscretions within the group.

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

A selection of short films in which characters are tormented by mixed-up emotions as they’re beset by grief, insecurities, identity issues and outright existential crises. These are the ways they get by.

Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Sophie Deraspe’s investigative documentary is the latest reminder to be skeptical of everyone you encounter online. Deraspe tells the cautionary tale of the infamous Gay Girl in Damascus Internet hoax. A blog that purported to be a boots-on-the-ground look at life as an out lesbian in fractious Syria turned out to be something else entirely. "What begins as an account of an online affair gradually morphs into a commentary on identity in the Information Age. [A] slippery, deftly woven narrative…"—Variety

Queer Interest, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

A lyrical study of an all-but-abandoned company town that withered and died the moment its resources had been plundered.

Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Shorts

For decades, The Dollhouse stood in a frozen field just off of a prairie highway. Then, a match was lit and it was lost forever.

Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

A compendium of short films that inventively explore the chaotic streets, sleepy suburbs, abandoned ghost towns, untamed wilds and repositories of curiosities that dot our country’s landscape.

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

The latest involving documentary from Chelsea McMullan (My Prairie Home) exemplifies excellent storytelling and artful execution. When two Canadian siblings travel to Thailand to find out what really happened to their murdered father, they discover that he fled Canada due to his involvement with a biker gang, only to land in deeper corruption in Thailand and the Philippines. Furthermore, he has two kids in Thailand with the same names as them. McMullan creates a creepy and subtly condemning portrait of foreigners doing very bad things.

Crime, Family Relations
Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

An anthology of short films set to swirling melodies and entrancing rhythms that establish a compelling tone, as characters struggle for acceptance, are subjected to scrutiny (oftentimes their own) and experiment with identity.

Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

In 1985, Steve Fonyo ran his “Journey For Lives” marathon, covering almost 8,000km of Canada and raising $14 million for cancer research. He was subsequently named an Officer of the Order of Canada, becoming the youngest person to ever receive that honour. Then things began to fall apart. He repeatedly ran afoul of the law and was convicted of various crimes. His Order of Canada was revoked. Refreshingly, Alan Zweig (15 Reasons to Live) tells the story of Fonyo’s downfall with great sensitivity—and without ever lapsing into sentimentality.

Biography, Crime, Disabilities, Health, Disabilities & Mortality, History
Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

After his terminally ill daughter (Olivia Martin) claims to have had a past life as an astronaut, a Christian teacher (Charlie Carrick) experiences a profound crisis of faith. Obsessively seeking answers, he risks his marriage and his remaining days with his child to determine whether she’s lived before… and might live again. Reflective and provocative, Connor Gaston’s debut is one of the year’s most unique Canadian features.

Family Relations, Health, Disabilities & Mortality, Mystery, Religion, Spirituality & Myth, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 72 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

If you can’t take the nudity and coarse language, stay out of Salam Kahil’s deli. The moment Lewis Bennett’s fascinating documentary takes us inside the shop, the hilariously crass Salam lets fly with a barrage of profane insults and ribald anecdotes. As he rewrites his own history on a whim, we’re left to wonder how an irascible Lebanese male escort actually ended up in Surrey serving the largest sandwiches known to man. With humour and humanity, Bennett unearths the truth.

Biography, Comedy, Immigration, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

A compilation of short films that delve into the relationships we’re born into, the bonds we fashion for ourselves and how our perceptions of kin can be altered, be it over time or in one critical instant.

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

Joshua’s dull afternoon is upended when his volatile older brother shepherds him through the countryside in search of adventure.

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Atom Egoyan returns with a completely original take on the darkest chapter of horror in the last century. Christopher Plummer plays a man who’s looking for the person who may have been responsible for wiping out his family, as he strains to seize the evanescent memories of long-ago brutality. The all-star cast includes Henry Czerny, Martin Landau and Bruno Ganz. Benjamin August’s screenplay will keep you guessing until the very end.

Crime, Drama, History, Jewish Interest, War & Espionage
Duration: 51 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Alex Williams’ film illuminates a shocking time when Canada embraced racial segregation, wilfully and illegally denying Indigenous peoples the basic freedom to leave their reserves and jailing them when they did so without a pass. Cree, Soto, Dene, Ojibwe and Blackfoot elders tell their stories of living under—and resisting—this system. Likewise, they link their experiences to the current state of affairs. Acclaimed Cree actor and activist Tantoo Cardinal narrates this investigation into a little-known aspect of our history.

Aboriginal / First Nations, History, Human Rights & Social Justice, VIFF Impact
Duration: 71 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Phyllis Ellis’ documentary is equal parts mystery, history and adventure. Algoma’s tangled wilderness and Lake Superior’s expansive North Shore inspired The Group of Seven in their formative years - young artists searching to articulate the Canadian landscape. Now, three modern-day adventurers canoe across lakes, bushwhack through untamed forests and scale cliffs to seek out the vistas that inspired these artists. Seeing the iconic paintings side by side with the astonishing locations that inspired them is a reminder of art’s power and this land’s majestic beauty.

Fine Arts or Theatre, History

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