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

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Sep 29 09:00 pm
Oct 03 01:30 pm
Oct 09 12:00 pm

An “intertidal artist” ambitiously crafts a memorial out of the marine debris from Fukushima that washes ashore in Tofino.

Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 03 06:00 pm
Oct 08 11:00 am

The BC coastal forest is in all its glory as a father and his two daughters drive off to their remote and idyllic getaway home. They have little sense at first of the growing apocalypse that they are leaving in their wake. It will come to them. Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella, and Callum Keith Rennie star in this Patricia Rozema-directed adaptation of Jean Hegland’s novel.

Drama, Mystery, Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror, Action, Thrills & Suspense, Women’s Issues.
Duration: 81 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

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Sep 26 06:00 pm
Sep 29 01:15 pm

Over four decades after the infamous Sir George Williams Affair was sparked by allegations of faculty discrimination against black students, Ninth Floor reopens the file on a watershed moment in Canadian race relations and one of the most contested episodes in the nation’s history. Making an audacious foray into nonfiction, writer and director Mina Shum (Double Happiness) engages the original protagonists in a compassionate cinematic exercise of reckoning and redemption.

History, Human Rights & Social Justice, Immigration, The Great Divide, VIFF Impact
Duration: 19 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

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Oct 01 09:15 pm
Oct 08 04:30 pm

Overwhelmed by past mistakes, a young man returns home and finds solace in the strength of his recently widowed mother.

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

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Sep 30 09:45 pm
Oct 02 01:00 pm

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

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

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Sep 28 09:15 pm
Oct 05 04:30 pm

A portrait of DJ Rhiannon, a rising star who’s one of a handful of female DJs who’ve “made it” in an industry controlled by men.

(Bihttoš)
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Shorts

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Sep 29 09:30 pm
Oct 06 05:30 pm

An exploration of the complex relationship between a father and daughter, employing animation, re-enactments and archival photos.

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

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Oct 01 09:15 pm
Oct 08 04:30 pm

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

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

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Sep 27 07:00 pm
Sep 29 04:15 pm

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 Images

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Sep 28 08:30 pm
Sep 30 04:00 pm

Sean Garrity (Lucid, Blood Pressure) returns with a distinctly Canadian comedic drama. An unemployed gambling addict drags his pot-smoking teenage daughter on a road trip to Churchill, Manitoba, in hopes of showing her the Northern Lights before a disorder renders her blind. With a bookie in pursuit, they’re forced to confront each other, their pasts and their respective loves for poker and weed. Starring Jonas Chernick, Emily Hampshire, Joey King and Kevin Pollak.

Drama, Family Relations, Health, Disabilities & Mortality
Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

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Sep 29 09:30 pm
Oct 06 05:30 pm

Rebecca visits her hippie mother. They dance and it’s mortifying. Rebecca visits her rapper brother. They do drugs and it’s ecstatic.

(Sonámbulo)
Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

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Sep 28 09:15 pm
Oct 05 04:30 pm

A surrealist journey, inspired by poetry and set to Balkan beats, that evokes fantastic dreams and passionate nights.

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

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Sep 30 09:15 pm
Oct 07 04:30 pm

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

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

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Sep 30 09:15 pm
Oct 07 04:30 pm

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: 18 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

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Sep 29 09:30 pm
Oct 06 05:30 pm

After a fateful confrontation during the Iran-Iraq War, two former enemies meet again by sheer chance in Vancouver.

Islamic World, VIFF Impact, War & Espionage
Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

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Oct 01 09:15 pm
Oct 08 04:30 pm

The only thing standing between Micky and her first orgasm are some misguided ideas about healthy female sexuality.

Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

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Sep 27 09:15 pm
Oct 04 04:00 pm

An Indigenous artist’s graffiti comes to life, spawning an odd transformation while revealing the ravages of industrial violence.

Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
The Great Divide

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Oct 07 06:15 pm

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
Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Shorts

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Sep 28 09:15 pm
Oct 05 04:30 pm

A humorous spectacle reveals the fallacy of the selfie while restoring the humanness of the stripped-down “calendar girl.”

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

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Sep 29 09:00 pm
Oct 01 03:15 pm

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

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