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

Jake Henson (Dakota Daulby) is a troubled teen haunted by the deaths of his parents—his father in a hunting accident and mother by suicide—who escapes an abusive uncle to reconnect with his older brother (Matthew MacCaull). In director Jason Bourque’s thriller, their reunion on an isolated island shows that blood may be thicker than water but it’s still blood. And it’s messy as hell.

Crime, Drama, Family Relations
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: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Canadian Images

A woman confronts her cousin, who’s been telling people that she isn’t actually First Nations.

Comedy, Aboriginal / First Nations
Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

It turns out that there’s a distinct difference between growing up and growing old.

Comedy, Family Relations, 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
Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Academy Award-winning director John Zaritsky (Leave Them Laughing), a bit of an oddball himself, returns with an engaging, light-hearted look at eccentrics. From a desert hermit to Denman Street’s Duck Lady, we’re introduced to those who dare, or are driven, to be different. Eccentrics are healthier and happier, as we discover in this funny, touching and thought-provoking film.

Comedy
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Finishing his late grandfather’s final model ship, a young boy drifts between surreal dreams and waking life.

Drama, Family Relations, Fantasy
Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Suzanne Crocker’s deeply personal documentary offers a poignant commentary on what today’s day-to-day digital existence has devolved into. A courageous family opts to simplify things considerably by moving to a wilderness cabin in the Yukon with no electricity, television, Internet or running water. There are no neighbours, either, which results in a very unique and touching celebration of Halloween.

Adventures Outdoors, Environment, Youth Under 18 May Attend
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: 91 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

A variety of formative experiences are conveyed in this wildly diverse collection of short films that employ absurdist humour, affecting drama, cosmic flourishes and haunting surrealism to share with us the moments that will forever change these stories’ young protagonists. Featured films: 40 Candles, The Cut, Dorsal, Godhead, Petit Frère, Ship and Stray

Comedy, Drama, Family Relations, Fantasy, 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
Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

A chef who’s honed his talents in prison finds the outside world to be an unforgiving place.

Crime
Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

Dilys is full of energy as she gives us an entertaining insight into life at 91, and shares her ambitious hopes for the future.

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

Ruba Nadda (Cairo Time) delivers layers of fear and distress with this taut psychological thriller. Helen (Patricia Clarkson) is a doctor mourning the recent death of her husband (Callum Keith Rennie) when Will (Scott Speedman) arrives at her cabin, badly injured by a gunshot. Clarkson’s performance is nuanced and compelling and you won’t soon forget Tim Roth as the relentless villain.

Crime, Romance, Action, Thrills & Suspense, Women Directors
Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Altered States

When a series of grisly murders plague a low-rent film production, a former master-editor turned whipping boy becomes the prime suspect. Astron-6 (Manborg) film collective members Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy write, direct and star in this deranged, debauched ode to ’70s Italian giallo fare. Gore, gratuitous nudity and an inspired guest appearance by Udo Kier make for the perfect late night out.

Comedy, Fantasy, Filmmaking, Sci-fi & Horror, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 2 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

Water fights can lead to dramatic outcomes.

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

Canada, France

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,France, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Sturla Gunnarsson’s latest is a personal reflection on chaos, creation and faith in a land of believers. He explores the incomparably vast seasonal weather system that permeates and unifies the immense and varied cultures of India. As the huge system gradually engulfs every region of the country, we meet a remarkable array of individuals whose lives are fundamentally affected by the phenomenon.

Economics & Globalization, Environment, Extreme Weather

Canada, Indonesia

Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,Indonesia, 2013
Series:
The Great Divide

Canada’s Daniel Ziv has made the most successful documentary in Indonesian history. Shining a light on urban poverty, it’s also made stars of three inspirational Jakarta street musicians whose talent is only rivalled by their resourcefulness. Life is hard for these troubadours but commitment and passion always have a fighting chance. "Stunningly vivid and full of energy…”—Tempo Magazine. Winner, Best Documentary, Busan 2013.

Economics & Globalization, Human Rights, The Great Divide, Music & Dance

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