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

After bombing with a new character, an aspiring comedian encounters the real-life version of the man she’s been playing.

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

A fever dream within a dream, the latest transmission from celluloid fetishist Guy Maddin (assisted by young co-director Evan Johnson) is part campy, whacked out tribute to vintage Hollywood melodrama, part anguished crypto-confessional and all brilliant: a passionate, virtuoso pastiche that is also perversely original and sui generis. The perfect date movie for mad cinephiles! “[An] inventive, audacious, and outright hilarious tour de force whatzit.”—Cinema Scope

Experimental & Avant garde, Drama, Filmmaking, Hidden Pasts, Digital Furures
(Guibord, s'en va-t-en guerre)
Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) returns with an energetic, laugh-out-loud political comedy that couldn’t be more timely. Steve Guibord (Patrick Huard, brilliant) is an independent Quebec MP travelling to his northern riding with a new Haitian intern. Soon after finding themselves caught in the crossfire of activists, miners, truckers, politicians and Aboriginal groups, it turns out that Guibord somehow holds the decisive vote in a national debate that will decide whether Canada will go to war in the Middle East! The fabulous Suzanne Clément co-stars.

Aboriginal / First Nations, Comedy, Politics
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: 16 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

Suddenly hit with a devastating loss, a restless young man struggles to deal with the first stages of grief.

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

A Christian rocker-turned-youth-pastor follows his favourite youth-group member to college in order to monitor his moral integrity.

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

In this reinterpretation of the myth, Salome composes a piece of electroacoustic music centred on the sound of the male orgasm.

Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

After starting Grade 7 with an “F,” Nell looks to find solace in pancakes. She and Angie just need one last ingredient.

Duration: 78 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Sonia Boileau’s debut is a taut psychological drama about Lydia, a young Innu woman who works at a convenience store in a small First Nations community in rural Quebec. As she prepares to close up shop one night, a masked robber holds her up at gunpoint. This traumatic experience becomes even more troubling when Lydia recognizes her assailant. She’ll soon have to make a decision that will change the course of her life. “[An] engaging social-issue drama…”—Variety

Aboriginal / First Nations, Crime, Drama, Family Relations
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: 103 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Galas

Mix propulsive bhangra beats, blazing AK-47s, bespoke suits, solicitous mothers and copious cocaine, and you have the heady, volatile cocktail that is Deepa Mehta’s latest film, an explosive clash of culture and crime. Jeet Johar (Indian star Randeep Hooda) and his young, charismatic Sikh crew vie to take over the Vancouver drug-and-arms trade in this all-out action/drama. Blood is spilled, heads are cracked, hearts are broken and family bonds are pushed to the brink.

Crime, Immigration
Duration: 52 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features

Nick Waggoner’s gorgeous, gripping documentary captures a decades-long struggle over the future of Jumbo Valley, deep within the raw, rugged Purcell range of B.C.’s Columbia Mountains. Exploring a tug-of-war between a proposed (and long-delayed) $450-million ski resort near Invermere versus community members, conservationists and the Ktunaxa Nation and Shuswap Indian Band who are determined to see Jumbo kept wild, Waggoner’s film documents the fierce ideological battle surrounding how we value land.

Aboriginal / First Nations, Environment, Sport, VIFF Impact
Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

When her camping trip is ruined by a storm, a woman takes refuge in an empty summer home—and finds what she’s been looking for.

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.)

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

Overwhelmed by past mistakes, a young man returns home and finds solace in the strength of his recently widowed mother.

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