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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: 110 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

Wild fish populations in BC have been declining since the late 70s, at about roughly the same time the open-net fish-farm industry began to grow fish in marine waters. Focusing on the research of biologist Alexandra Morton, filmmaker Scott Renyard links the crash of many fish species on Canada’s West coast to diseases spread from fish farms in this persuasive and urgent call to action.

Economics & Globalization, Environment, Food, Farm & Garden
Duration: 117 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 1989
Series:
BC Spotlight

Anne Wheeler’s most decorated film is an upbeat musical melodrama based on her mother’s wartime memories. Daisy Cooper (Rebecca Jenkins) is a wife and mother who joins a dance band to provide for her family while her husband is at war. Beautifully shot by cinematographer Vic Sarin, it’s bittersweet and poignant, with fine performances by Jenkins and Robyn Stevan, both of whom won Genies for their work.

Audience Award Winners, History, Music & Dance, Women Directors
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

After a tragic death, a Lebanese immigrant struggles to arrange Islamic pre-burial rituals in his adopted home.

Drama, Religion, Spirituality & Myth, Women Directors
(La règne de la beauté)
Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

The latest from Denys Arcand (The Decline of the American Empire, The Barbarian Invasions) is the story of Luke (Éric Bruneau), a brilliant young architect who’s beginning to earn acclaim while leading a peaceful, seemingly perfect life with his wife Stephanie (Mélanie Thierry) in Québec’s Charlevoix region. Invited to sit on a architecture jury in Toronto, he meets a mysterious woman who will change his life…

Fine Arts or Theatre, Drama, Romance, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

A paean to Vancouver’s disappearing movie palaces.

Filmmaking, History
Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

This multi-narrative drama chronicles life in a small town in the Alberta badlands over the course of one year. As we’re introduced to a pregnant teenager, a hard-drinking musician, a reclusive taxidermist and an ambitious RCMP officer, the intertwining stories in director Kyle Thomas’ ambitious, eloquently executed film render a rich portrait; four circles of Drumheller, if you will.

Music & Dance
Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,
Series:
Canadian Images

We are thrilled to offer this coveted gala spot to the winner of the #mustseeBC competition, where audiences will have the power to tell us which film they want to see at this exciting event. Check out http://mustseebc.viff.org for details!

Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

A boy follows his girlfriend to Hope, an ironically named town where his dreams die a slow death. However, his settled lifestyle is disrupted by a trip back to the city for a medical appointment, where he and a friend become stranded for 24 hours. René Brar tells the story of two troubled kids who never really grew up while examining the complex nature of relationships.

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

A young dishwasher contemplates the nightmarish prospect of making a life as a kitchen worker.

Disabilities
(Toutes des connes)
Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Canadian Images

Love. Grief. Shock. Denial. Sleeplessness. Bubble bath. Masturbation. Pop Tart. Bootie. Rejection. Weeping. Awkward. Life’s a bitch.

Comedy, Romance, Sex & Eroticism
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: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

A failing marriage leaves a woman sleepless and shrinking from sight.

Fantasy, Romance, Women Directors
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: 12 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

After a couple discovers a supernatural phenomenon in their backyard, their relationship takes an unexpected turn.

Romance, Sci-fi & Horror
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
(Mynarski chute mortelle)
Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

A fantastical, phantasmagoric retelling of the final moments of Winnipeg’s WWII legend Andrew Mynarski.

Animation, Experimental & Avant garde, Fantasy, War & Espionage
Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Daniel Grou (aka PODZ) directs this riveting ensemble film about interlocking lives. We have Xavier Dolan playing against type as a buttoned-down Jehovah’s Witness; Julien Poulin and Louise Turcot as casino employees with secrets; Robin Aubert as a high-powered man with gambling issues; Anne Dorval as his perpetually plastered wife and Gabriel Sabourin as a tortured drug mule. Wow.

Mystery

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

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