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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.

Jessica Edwards

Duration: 81 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Canada, 2015
Series:
Arts and Letters
Director: Jessica Edwards

Showtimes

Sep 25 06:30 pm
Sep 28 03:30 pm

“We’ve come this evening to bring you some joy, happiness, inspiration, and some pos-i-tive vi-brations,” Mavis Staples tells concertgoers at the opening of this irresistible portrait of the irrepressible gospel/soul legend—a vow the movie delivers on. The Staples Singers married gospel and delta blues in the 50s, sang Freedom songs for the civil rights movement in the 60s, and topped the charts with “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There” in the 70s. Interviewees include Bob Dylan and Jeff Tweedy but it’s Mavis’s huge voice that does the real talking.

Biography, Human Rights & Social Justice, Music & Arts

Atom Egoyan

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Atom Egoyan

Showtimes

Sep 28 06:30 pm
Sep 29 03:15 pm

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 might be 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

Markus Eichenberger

Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Spain, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features
Director: Markus Eichenberger

Showtimes

Oct 08 06:15 pm
Oct 09 11:00 am

A time-lapse view from the top of Europe, shot over 48 hours at the Jungfraujoch station high in the Swiss Alps.

Adventures Outdoors

Elise

Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Elise

Showtimes

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

Faye Farber, 85 years old, has a movie star attitude and whole lot of spirit. (This project was produced with Reel Youth mentors and the support of Revera.)

Phyllis Ellis

Duration: 71 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Phyllis Ellis

Showtimes

Sep 29 06:00 pm
Sep 30 11:00 am

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

Joshua Erkman

Duration: 11 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Joshua Erkman

Showtimes

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

A new worker’s first night of mortuary pickup turns into more than he bargained for.

Comedy

Ryan Ermacora

Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts
Director: Ryan Ermacora

Showtimes

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

A lyrical study of an all-but-abandoned company town that withered and died the moment its resources had been plundered.

David Evans

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features
Director: David Evans

Showtimes

Sep 26 09:00 pm
Sep 29 11:00 am

A brilliantly conceived and executed work that is as emotionally affecting as it is intellectually questioning, David Evans’ layered documentary follows two elderly men, both the sons of high-ranking Nazis responsible for thousands of deaths, on a trip to Poland and Ukraine. Once there, ghosts from the past are unearthed, and profound psychological insights about the ties that bind come to light. "A bracingly rigorous examination of inherited guilt and pain, [this] is an extraordinary documentary…"—Screen

History, Jewish Interest, War & Espionage

Isaac Ezban

(Los Parecidos)
Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Mexico, 2015
Series:
Altered States
Director: Isaac Ezban

Showtimes

Oct 08 08:45 pm
Oct 09 01:30 pm

Good news for those who’ve finally regained their faculties after VIFF 2014’s mind-bending The Incident: Isaac Ezban is back with another audacious product of his Twilight Zone-tinged vision. It’s 1968 and eight strangers have congregated at an isolated bus station, where they fall prey to a strange, transformative phenomenon. Employing a bombastic score with a conductor’s flair, Ezban once again demonstrates an unwavering commitment to exhilarating high-concept storytelling.

Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror, Action, Thrills & Suspense