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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: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

With a mesmerizing Michael Eklund starring as photographer Eadweard Muybridge, Kyle Rideout crafts a complex and compelling portrait of the man who’d be immortalized as both the godfather of cinema and the last American to receive a justifiable homicide verdict (for killing his wife’s lover). As fascinations distort into obsessions, Rideout skilfully employs techniques indebted to the infamous pioneer to convey Muybridge’s psychological unravelling.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Biography, Drama, History
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: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

Think Pan’s Labyrinth meets Carnivale and you’ll still be unprepared for this astonishing debut from Done Four Productions and director Nicholas Humphries. In this Dust Bowl-era reimagining of The Little Mermaid, an amphibious siren (Katelyn Mager) falls prey to a nefarious benefactor (Game of Thrones’ Iwan Rheon) and ends up in a magical turf war. Sumptuous production design and sinister storytelling conjure a seductive fantasy world.

Crime, Family Relations, Fantasy, Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror
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
(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: 20 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

While housesitting for the parents of a friend who committed suicide, Beckett finds the world reflecting his inner turmoil.

(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: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Andrew Cividino’s remarkable debut is a story of friendship, confusion, betrayal and peer pressure. Fourteen-year-old Adam is enduring a dull summer in a small Lake Superior beach community when he meets local boys Foster and Rizzo. “The cast and filmmakers illuminate not just the wit and charm of young men, but also the callow cruelty of youth, driven by a killer combination of naïve idealism, solipsism, poor self-esteem and raging hormones.”—Hollywood Reporter

Family Relations, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Two siblings endure the impact a residential school has on their relationship with themselves, one another and nature itself.

Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

Over the course of two days, a lifeguard stationed at English Bay undergoes an existential crisis.

Duration: 19 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

An Alberta farm town wishes to be frozen in time, much like the taxidermied gophers in its lone tourist attraction.

Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

In this poetic home movie, an unrelated family of four eccentrics is connected by themes of loneliness and isolation.

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

A fever dream within a dream, the latest transmission from celluloid fetishist Guy Maddin (assisted by young co-director Evan Johnson) is part campy, whacked out tribute to vintage Hollywood melodrama, part anguished crypto-confessional and all brilliant: a passionate, virtuoso pastiche that is also perversely original and sui generis. The perfect date movie for mad cinephiles! “[An] inventive, audacious, and outright hilarious tour de force whatzit.”—Cinema Scope

Experimental & Avant garde, Drama, Filmmaking, Hidden Pasts, Digital Furures
Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Shorts

A tea-time get-together between old friends reveals the seedy indiscretions within the group.

Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

Arriving in Story, Arkansas (pop. 89), Joni and Wes realize they’re not in L.A. anymore. There to settle their estranged father’s estate, they’ve arrived on Decoration Weekend, when locals celebrate their dearly departed. As a clearer picture of their father emerges, decisions become less obvious. This affecting dramedy from Nicolas Citton (That Burning Feeling’s screenwriter) is a bittersweet celebration of community and family.

Drama, Family Relations
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: 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: 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: 67 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Directors Tony Massil and Pablo Alvarez-Mesa’s creative documentary follows Frank Furko, an 80-year-old eccentric living in a Pittsburgh suburb. The film focuses on Frank’s celebrity, which derives from a deeply felt friendship with Pudgie Wudgie, his 20-pound performing house cat. Supported by Frank’s 20 years of VHS video archives—mesmerizing footage that is strange, often hilarious and oddly beautiful—this is an intimate and thoughtful portrait of an older man struggling to come to terms with his very unusual past.

Animals, Biography

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