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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

(Sale Gueule)
Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

While posted at a remote lighthouse, a disfigured sailor is besieged by a strange storm.

Animation, Fantasy
Duration: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Canadian Images

On Noah’s Ark, the animals discover the darker side of their natures and things get unholy very fast.

Animation, Animals, Comedy, History, Religion, Spirituality & Myth, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Late Additions

Acclaimed filmmaker Thomas Burstyn (This Way of Life) turns his inquisitive camera on his aunt and uncle: Yolanda Sonnabend, a London artist who resides in decaying splendor, and Joseph Sonnabend, an esteemed AIDS physician who’s returned to a house he hates and sister he can’t relate to. The enthralling result is a film about family relations, fractured sibling love, gender, art, science, diaspora and legacy—and the uncomfortable role of the filmmaker as voyeur, confidant, family.

Drama
Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Maybe location isn’t quite everything in these short films but it’s certainly integral. A haunted lighthouse, eerie acoustics lab and sleepy prairie community are but some of the atmospheric environments that these compelling stories immerse us in. Featured films: Bison, Broken Face, Chamber Drama, Eclissi, Fallow, Lifers, Light and Sleeping Giant

Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family Relations, Fantasy, History, Immigration, Sci-fi & Horror, Women Directors
Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

A first aid attendant is called into action in an Okanagan mill town.

Drama
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: 11 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

A stubborn teenager with hypersensitive hearing tries to prove herself during an internship at an acoustics lab.

Drama
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
Duration: 20 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

A full-time mother/part-time sex-worker goes missing on the Downtown Eastside during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Aboriginal / First Nations
Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

In need of cash for a lifesaving operation, a senior schemes to rig a bingo game.

Comedy, Crime, Family Relations, Action, Thrills & Suspense
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: 12 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

At a Saskatchewan cattle ranch during branding season, a blue-collar kid is rattled by an unsettling discovery.

Drama, Aboriginal / First Nations
Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

A little girl believes that a homeless man is the reincarnation of her recently flushed goldfish.

Comedy, Women Directors
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: 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: 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: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Two brothers share the scars of an untold history that has driven them to existential extremes.

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

An eminent psychiatrist disappears from his office. The last person to have seen him is Michael, a handsome and seemingly innocuous patient, played here by Xavier Dolan in a tour-de-force performance. The director of the hospital, Dr. Green (Bruce Greenwood), investigates the disappearance but instead uncovers Michael’s dark secrets. Charles Binamé directs this taut psychological drama with a sure and subtle hand.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Health (Mental & Physical)

Canada, Belgium, Germany

(Bevor der letzte Vorhang fällt)
Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,Belgium,Germany, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

It’s closing night for popular Belgian cabaret Gardenia and its gay and trans stars face reintroduction into reality. Mixing avant-garde choreography with confessional interviews, Thomas Wallner offers “an endearing recollection of life as an outsider, a sincere exploration of queer identity, and a stunning celebration of the communion we achieve in art.”—Indiewire. Winner, Special Jury Prize: Canadian Feature, Hot Docs 2014.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Audience Award Winners, Queer Interest

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