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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: 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.

(Le Bruit des arbres)
Duration: 77 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

François Péloquin’s debut is a subtle and charming coming-of-age story. Jérémie (It’s Not Me, I Swear!’s Antoine L’Écuyer) dreams of a very different life from the one awaiting him at the family sawmill (presided over by Roy Dupuis). However, his crazy joyride comes to an end when a fateful mistake shatters his fragile world. Péloquin drafts an impressive chronicle of one teenager’s summertime crucible. “Affecting and beautifully shot.”—Hollywood Reporter

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.

(Le Coeur de Madame Sabali)
Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

When her boyfriend stops making love with her, Jeannette (Marie Brassard) begins an affair with a young co-worker (Francis La Haye). Alas, it turns out that her heart problems are physical as well as metaphorical. When Jeannette inherits the heart of a deceased Malian woman, she’s stalked by the donor’s son (Youssef Camara) who’s convinced that she’s the reincarnation of his late mother… Ryan McKenna’s stylized and nuanced film is sure to delight.

Comedy, Drama, Health, Disabilities & Mortality, Women’s Issues.
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: 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: 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: 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: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 1987
Series:
Canadian Images
Animation
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.

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: 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
(Dimanche)
Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2011
Series:
Canadian Images
Animation
Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

Would god-like powers have solved your childhood problems? This stop-motion memoir suggests that they certainly might’ve helped.

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.

(Dimanche)
Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2000
Series:
Canadian Images
Animation
(Entrevue avec un homme libre)
Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

Three men are interviewed for a job that might offer them a new start in life. Their answers grow increasingly revealing…

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.

Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2000
Series:
Canadian Images
Animation

USA, Canada

Duration: 81 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Canada, 2015
Series:
Arts and Letters

“We’ve come this evening to bring you some joy, happiness, inspiration, and some pos-i-tive vi-brations,” Mavis Staples tells concertgoers at the opening of this irresistible portrait of the irrepressible gospel/soul legend—a vow the movie delivers on. The Staples Singers married gospel and delta blues in the 50s, sang Freedom songs for the civil rights movement in the 60s, and topped the charts with “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There” in the 70s. Interviewees include Bob Dylan and Jeff Tweedy but it’s Mavis’s huge voice that does the real talking.

Biography, Human Rights & Social Justice, Music & Arts

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