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

Alexander Carson’s first feature is part coming-of-age story, part art-cinema meditation on photography, souvenirs and collections. The newest offering from North Country Cinema (The Valley Below) conjures a tender and haunting portrait of friendship and faith in the 21st century, following a group of young artists on a search for new mythologies and invoking a cinematic landscape where classical literature collides with new wave aesthetics and 90s pastiche.

Drama, Music & Arts
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: 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: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Altered States

Painted in a vibrant neon palette reminiscent of Drive, Hogtown threatens to become a slaughterhouse in Gabriel Carrer’s stylistically bold, psychologically complex revenge film. After a gang assault leaves his policewoman wife (Tianna Nori) seriously injured, Bruce (Ry Barrett) dons a S.W.A.T. uniform and patrols the streets, intent on taking his pound of flesh. Despite carrying himself like a clenched fist, his grip on reality is slipping and he begins stalking an innocent woman (Jessica Vano). “[It] lives up to its title in its brutal intensity…”—Hollywood Reporter

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

An ex-cop finds himself in a life-altering dilemma when his old partner rounds him up to take care of some unfinished business.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

These days, you don’t need to be on TV to find fame and fortune as a musician.

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: 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: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

A beautiful experimental tribute to the filmmaker’s grandmother and her people, who’ve survived the trials of history and remained strong.

USA, Canada

Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Canada, 2015
Series:
Special Presentations

Naomi Klein (Shock Doctrine) has risen to prominence around the world as one of Canada’s most forceful and relevant public intellectuals. Her cogent call to direct action has inspired youth and helped chart roadmaps for social progressives and environmentalists. Yet, it’s also worried those who believe that her critique of capitalism plays into the hands of right-wingers who think climate change is a socialist plot. Join us, Naomi Klein and director Avi Lewis for this special presentation of This Changes Everything.

Aboriginal / First Nations, Economics & Globalization, Environment, Human Rights & Social Justice, The Great Divide, Literary (inc. Adaptations), VIFF Impact

UK, Canada, Ireland

Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: UK,Canada,Ireland, 2015
Series:
Galas

Lured from Ireland by the American Dream, Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) instead lands in a hardscrabble reality of cramped boarding houses and grungy dancehalls. As homesickness grips her, she’s also torn between two admirers (Domhnall Gleeson and Emory Cohen). With Nick Hornby scripting, John Crowley crafts a stirring 50s-era immigration tale that also serves as an exhilarating profile of female empowerment. "Classily and classically crafted in the best sense."—Hollywood Reporter

Immigration, Literary (inc. Adaptations), Romance, Women’s Issues.

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