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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: 82 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Late Additions

Acclaimed filmmaker Thomas Burstyn (This Way of Life) turns his inquisitive camera on his aunt and uncle: Yolanda Sonnabend, a London artist who resides in decaying splendor, and Joseph Sonnabend, an esteemed AIDS physician who’s returned to a house he hates and sister he can’t relate to. The enthralling result is a film about family relations, fractured sibling love, gender, art, science, diaspora and legacy—and the uncomfortable role of the filmmaker as voyeur, confidant, family.

Drama
(Toutes des connes)
Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Canadian Images

Love. Grief. Shock. Denial. Sleeplessness. Bubble bath. Masturbation. Pop Tart. Bootie. Rejection. Weeping. Awkward. Life’s a bitch.

Comedy, Romance, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Director Ricardo Troggi (1981) delights with this hilarious and sometimes caustic souvenir of his own life when he was 17 years old. Jean-Carl Boucher plays young Ricardo as a cockeyed Quixote, fearlessly tilting at the repressive tyranny of everyday adolescence. Inspired by a surreal vision, he’s on a quirky quest that involves raging hormones, family drama and petty crime.

Comedy, Crime, Family Relations, Youth Under 18 May Attend
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: 13 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Three bullied teenagers discover an unexpected solution to their problems.

Fantasy, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Duration: 12 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

After a couple discovers a supernatural phenomenon in their backyard, their relationship takes an unexpected turn.

Romance, Sci-fi & Horror
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: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Canadian Images

Learning the dark truth about his workplace, a factory worker revolts.

Animation
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: 119 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

In the crackpot mosaic that is Montréal in 1966, Jean Corbo, an idealistic 16-year-old, befriends two far-left political activists and joins the FLQ (Liberation Front of Québec), an underground movement determined to spark a socialist revolution and Québec’s separation from Canada. Director Mathieu Denis brings the true and tragic story of a decisive moment in Canadian history into sharp focus.

History
Duration: 20 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

A full-time mother/part-time sex-worker goes missing on the Downtown Eastside during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Aboriginal / First Nations
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: 110 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

An eminent psychiatrist disappears from his office. The last person to have seen him is Michael, a handsome and seemingly innocuous patient, played here by Xavier Dolan in a tour-de-force performance. The director of the hospital, Dr. Green (Bruce Greenwood), investigates the disappearance but instead uncovers Michael’s dark secrets. Charles Binamé directs this taut psychological drama with a sure and subtle hand.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Health (Mental & Physical)
Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

A boy follows his girlfriend to Hope, an ironically named town where his dreams die a slow death. However, his settled lifestyle is disrupted by a trip back to the city for a medical appointment, where he and a friend become stranded for 24 hours. René Brar tells the story of two troubled kids who never really grew up while examining the complex nature of relationships.

Drama, Romance
Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

A paean to Vancouver’s disappearing movie palaces.

Filmmaking, History
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: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

A failing marriage leaves a woman sleepless and shrinking from sight.

Fantasy, Romance, Women Directors
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.

Canada, France, Tunisia

(Challat de Tunis)
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,France,Tunisia, 2013
Series:
Nonfiction Features

Writer-director Kaouther Ben Hania turns her caustically funny eye to the sexist practices and antediluvian views she finds endemic in her country. "An audacious mockumentary… Hilarious and acerbic… Ostensibly about the director’s search for a man who slashed 11 women from his motorbike back in 2003, the pic shines a discomfiting light on Tunisia’s attitudes toward women, using a fake-documentary approach…"—Variety

Human Rights, Islamic World, Women Directors

Canada, France

Duration: 134 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,France, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

The prolific Xavier Dolan reveals a newfound maturity with this bittersweet account of Diane (Anne Dorval, channelling Gena Rowlands) and her delinquent son (Antoine-Olivier Pilon, magnetic). Having abandoned the matricidal posturing of I Killed My Mother, Dolan sides with Diane on this occasion, crafting "a funny, heartbreaking and, above all, original work…"—Variety. Winner, Prix du Jury (ex aequo), Cannes 2014.

Family Relations, Gentle on my Mind, Health (Mental & Physical)

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