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

Phyllis Ellis’ documentary is equal parts mystery, history and adventure. Algoma’s tangled wilderness and Lake Superior’s expansive North Shore inspired The Group of Seven in their formative years - young artists searching to articulate the Canadian landscape. Now, three modern-day adventurers canoe across lakes, bushwhack through untamed forests and scale cliffs to seek out the vistas that inspired these artists. Seeing the iconic paintings side by side with the astonishing locations that inspired them is a reminder of art’s power and this land’s majestic beauty.

Fine Arts or Theatre, History
(Chienne de vie)
Duration: 67 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Hélène Choquette’s documentary examines the symbiotic relationships that form between homeless people and their faithful canine companions. On the sometimes mean streets of Montréal and Toronto, the dogs and their owners offer one another company, protection and unconditional love. This remarkably candid film provides genuine insight into the homeless experience from an unusual angle, inspiring newfound compassion and understanding.

Animals, The Great Divide, VIFF Impact
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: 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
Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Sophie Deraspe’s investigative documentary is the latest reminder to be skeptical of everyone you encounter online. Deraspe tells the cautionary tale of the infamous Gay Girl in Damascus Internet hoax. A blog that purported to be a boots-on-the-ground look at life as an out lesbian in fractious Syria turned out to be something else entirely. "What begins as an account of an online affair gradually morphs into a commentary on identity in the Information Age. [A] slippery, deftly woven narrative…"—Variety

Queer Interest, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Guy Édoin brings us the engaging story of an internationally famous French/Italian actress (Monica Bellucci) who arrives in in Montreal to shoot a movie and reconnect with her university-aged son (Alyosha Schneider). Their fates collide with those of a nurse (Pascale Bussières) and paramedic (Patrick Hivon) during a disturbing event in Ville-Marie Hospital’s emergency room.

Drama, Family Relations, Queer Interest
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.

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

Maurice made a list: pick a date, retire, sell the car, see old friends and empty the garage. Then, die with dignity.

Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

After having seen his estranged uncle on the bus for the first time in years, Eric weighs the merits and risks of reaching out.

Duration: 72 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

If you can’t take the nudity and coarse language, stay out of Salam Kahil’s deli. The moment Lewis Bennett’s fascinating documentary takes us inside the shop, the hilariously crass Salam lets fly with a barrage of profane insults and ribald anecdotes. As he rewrites his own history on a whim, we’re left to wonder how an irascible Lebanese male escort actually ended up in Surrey serving the largest sandwiches known to man. With humour and humanity, Bennett unearths the truth.

Biography, Comedy, Immigration, Sex & Eroticism
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
(Bleu Tonnerre)
Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Shorts

Directionless and homeless after a breakup, a sawmill worker pulls out his wrestling unitard and climbs back into the ring.

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

Accompanying teen brothers on their daily routine of complicity and intimidation, Star tackles themes of identity and friendship.

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

Atom Egoyan returns with a completely original take on the darkest chapter of horror in the last century. Christopher Plummer plays a man who’s looking for the person who may have been responsible for wiping out his family, as he strains to seize the evanescent memories of long-ago brutality. The all-star cast includes Henry Czerny, Martin Landau and Bruno Ganz. Benjamin August’s screenplay will keep you guessing until the very end.

Crime, Drama, History, Jewish Interest, War & Espionage
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: 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.

(Les Êtres chers)
Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

In 1978, Guy is found dead in the basement of the family home in a small village in Quebec. The real cause of his death remains a mystery for most of his family. Years later, his son David, now a loving father of two children, secretly still carries the weight of this tragedy. Likewise, David’s daughter must contend with her father’s suffering. VIFF favourite Anne Émond directs this accomplished drama about life, family, forgiveness and grief.

Drama, Family Relations

Canada, France

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,France, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features

In recent years, Su Rynard noticed that birds she used to see—grosbeaks, flycatchers, barn swallows—were nowhere to be found. Indeed, songbirds are rapidly disappearing and their absence is a message to us all. Humans share an ageless bond with birds and their songs: in ancient times, we looked to bird’s flight patterns and listened to their melodies to predict the future. Today, the birds once again have something to tell us. "The Messenger hums with the kind of restless energy that’s all too rare for an eco-doc."—POV Magazine

Animals, Environment, VIFF Impact

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