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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.

Afghanistan, New Zealand

Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: Afghanistan,New Zealand, 2015
Series:
Hidden Pasts, Digital Futures

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Sep 24 06:30 pm
Sep 28 10:30 am

While film preservation isn’t a foreign concept on these shores, devoted efforts here pale in comparison to the outright heroism displayed by the three brave Afghan cinephiles profiled in Pietra Brettkelly’s inspiring documentary. Having risked their lives to hide an 8,000-hour film archive from the Taliban regime, they now seek to restore it and reacquaint their countrymen with past monarchs, invasions and bygone days when Afghan women wore miniskirts. They’re not just striving to save a century’s worth of celluloid but also their nation’s history and culture.

Filmmaking, Hidden Pasts, Digital Furures, Islamic World, War & Espionage

Argentina

(Adolescencia)
Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Argentina, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

Showtimes

Oct 01 06:00 pm
Oct 05 01:00 pm

After years of familiarity, could one small act and phrase rekindle a love’s lost romance?

Romance

Argentina, South Korea

(El Movimiento)
Duration: 67 mins
Country of Origin: Argentina,South Korea, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Showtimes

Sep 30 06:15 pm
Oct 09 04:00 pm

Shot in luminous black and white and set in the desert-like Pampas during the early 19th century, Benjamin Naishtat’s eerie combination of post-apocalyptic sci-fi and post-modern Western posits a land fallen into anarchy and populated by armed groups vying for supremacy… "Gorgeously shot and edited with edgy intensity… Like Lisandro Alonso’s Jauja, Naishtat’s haunting sophomore feature provides a poetic access point for grappling with Argentinean identity."—Indiewire

Black & White is back!

Australia

Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

Showtimes

Oct 01 06:00 pm
Oct 05 01:00 pm

Having been nurtured and accepted as a gay man by his parents, Joshua finds the courage to confess that he’s actually not…

Comedy
Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

Showtimes

Oct 03 09:00 pm
Oct 07 01:00 pm

In a must-win situation a soccer team’s manager struggles to win the game on his own terms.

Drama, Sport
Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

Showtimes

Sep 30 06:45 pm
Oct 04 03:45 pm

What would you do if you were a middle-aged man in an unhappy marriage who inadvertently discovered you had two weeks to live?

Comedy
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2015
Series:
Altered States

Showtimes

Oct 01 11:00 pm
Oct 03 01:30 pm

Holing up in a vacant apartment and surveilling the woman (Stephanie King) across the way is hardly glamourous work but Parker (Lindsay Farris) desperately needs the supposedly “easy money.” As things go bump in the night and Parker’s health, both mental and physical, takes a turn for the worse—oily black vomit rarely bodes well—he’s tormented by hallucinations, memories and dreams. In turn, Joseph Sims-Dennett ratchets up the Polanski-indebted paranoia until it reaches its breaking point and Parker follows suit. “For sheer ambient dread, it’s aces.”—Indiewire

Action, Thrills & Suspense
Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

Showtimes

Sep 30 06:45 pm
Oct 04 03:45 pm

Delinquent teenager Donnie ends up back in a juvenile detention facility, caught in a perennial cycle of conflict he seems unable to break.

Drama
Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

Showtimes

Oct 03 09:00 pm
Oct 07 01:00 pm

As his wife prepares brunch on a Saturday morning, Harvey slumps into his chair and tells her about an eerie and frightening dream he had.

Drama
Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

Showtimes

Oct 01 12:30 pm
Oct 04 09:00 pm

Cecil the mantis goes on his terrifying first date. (This project was produced at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment.)

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2015
Series:
Hidden Pasts, Digital Futures

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Oct 04 08:45 pm
Oct 09 07:00 pm

What begins in 1977 as “an annual personal summary report” (read: self-recorded video journal) by 19-year-old Sam Klemke evolves into time-lapse display of years slipping away right before our eyes. When Klemke—an early adopter of the self-involvement that’s become prevalent in the Internet era—becomes an overnight YouTube sensation some three decades into his project, director Matthew Bate enters the frame. As he assumes control of Sam’s archive of footage, the question arises: Whose film are we now watching? “An existential message in a bottle.”—Variety

Biography, Filmmaking, Hidden Pasts, Digital Furures
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

Showtimes

Oct 02 06:15 pm
Oct 06 04:00 pm

A young girl, ignored by her volatile, separated parents, does increasingly desperate things to earn money for a school trip to the aquarium.

Family Relations
Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

Showtimes

Sep 30 06:45 pm
Oct 04 03:45 pm

What’s it like growing up transgender? Five transgendered young people talk about what life has been like for them.

Queer Interest, VIFF Impact
Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Showtimes

Sep 25 03:45 pm
Sep 28 06:00 pm

The first film from acclaimed theatre director Simon Stone brings together some of Australia’s finest actors in a contemporary reworking of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck. The mill is closing, but for its owner, Henry (Geoffrey Rush), this also a time of hope: his estranged son Christian (Paul Schneider) has returned to serve as his best man. Those hopes turn to ashes when Christian reconnects with his old friend Oliver (Ewen Leslie) and stumbles across long-buried family secrets…

Drama, Family Relations

Austria

(In Der Stille Der Nacht)
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Austria, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

Showtimes

Oct 02 06:15 pm
Oct 06 04:00 pm

In this beautiful and disturbing period piece, a family faces a dramatic decision on a night that will be remembered always.

Drama
Duration: 19 mins
Country of Origin: Austria, 2015
Series:
Hidden Pasts, Digital Futures

Showtimes

Sep 24 07:00 pm
Sep 29 01:30 pm
Oct 06 12:30 pm

The Exquisite Corpus is based on various erotic films and advertising rushes. I play on the “cadavre exquis” technique used by the Surrealists, drawing disparate body parts constellating magical creatures. Myriad fragments are melted into a single sensuous, humorous, gruesome, and ecstatic dream.”

Filmmaking, Hidden Pasts, Digital Furures, Sex & Eroticism

Austria, Denmark, Ireland

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Austria,Denmark,Ireland, 2014
Series:
Nonfiction Features

Showtimes

Sep 25 09:00 pm
Sep 30 11:00 am

In a nonfiction work of tremendous vision, Michael Madsen pre-enacts how an alien invasion might unfold. Rather than wild speculation, this modern equivalent of Welles’ War of the Worlds broadcast draws from erudite sources inside the United Nations’ Office for Outer Space Affairs. Despite its factual foundations, Madsen’s film still inspires wonder thanks to an enthralling interview technique that sees its subjects directly addressing the camera, putting us in the place of the otherworldly visitor and leaving us to question humanity’s role in the universe.

Deep Time, Science & Technology, Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror

Belgium, Netherlands

Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: Belgium,Netherlands, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Showtimes

Oct 06 08:45 pm
Oct 08 03:30 pm

As darkly surreal and deadpan droll as ever, Alex van Warmerdam’s follow-up to Borgman is a different beast entirely. Memorably set around a lakeside cabin, it’s a clever comedic thriller in which the titular heroes (the druggy Bax is played by van Warmerdam; the family man Schneider by Tom Dewispelaere) are hit-men charged with taking each other out… "[In this] wicked little outing… the more absurd the circumstances, the more entertaining the movie gets."—Variety

Comedy

Brazil

Duration: 112 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Showtimes

Oct 01 06:00 pm
Oct 06 04:15 pm

Anna Muylart has crafted one of the year’s biggest crowd pleasers! A cheerful São Paulo housekeeper (the wonderful Regina Case) finds her life—and the lives of the high class family she cares for—comically turned upside down when her estranged daughter (Camila Mardila) shows up and unleashes a welter of issues relating to class difference, infatuation, motherhood and privilege. "Beautifully written and acted with precision, this film’s a winner."—Hollywood Reporter

Audience Award Winners, The Great Divide

Brazil, France, Argentina

(La Patota)
Duration: 103 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil,France,Argentina, 2015
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Showtimes

Oct 01 08:30 pm
Oct 04 01:15 pm

Altruistically abandoning her promising law career in order to teach the impoverished, socially conscious Paulina (Dolores Fonzi) finds herself horribly out of her depth in an Argentinean backwater. In the wake of a sexual assault, her convictions are tested and Santiago Mitre’s provocative drama is elevated into a complex examination of the emotional ramifications for victim, perpetrators and those who stood idly by. “Fonzi is riveting in a demanding role…”—Hollywood Reporter

The Great Divide

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