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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.

Ruba Nadda

Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Canadian Images
Director: Ruba Nadda

Ruba Nadda (Cairo Time) delivers layers of fear and distress with this taut psychological thriller. Helen (Patricia Clarkson) is a doctor mourning the recent death of her husband (Callum Keith Rennie) when Will (Scott Speedman) arrives at her cabin, badly injured by a gunshot. Clarkson’s performance is nuanced and compelling and you won’t soon forget Tim Roth as the relentless villain.

Crime, Romance, Action, Thrills & Suspense, Women Directors

Benjamin Naishtat

(Historia del miedo)
Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: Qatar,France,Germany,Uruguay,Argentina, 2014
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Benjamin Naishtat

There are echoes of VIFF 12 standout Neighbouring Sounds in this anxiety-fuelled thriller. As increasingly odd events unfold in an affluent Buenos Aires suburb, anxiety escalates, setting the stage for an intoxicatingly tense climax. Benjamín Naishtat “invokes a sinister vibe [and] dramatizes the point at which desire for safety sublimates into paranoid acquiescence.”—Film Comment. Winner, Grand Prize, Jeonju 2014; New Directors Prize, San Francisco 2014.

Economics & Globalization, The Great Divide, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Nakajima Takashi

(Haruka Hakunetsuke)
Duration: 11 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Nakajima Takashi

The sun rises and sets, but we make lights of our own. Three sharp vignettes by a veteran avant-garde director… with a sci-fi punch line. Tony Rayns

Nakajima Yuki

Duration: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Nakajima Yuki

A prison break, a traitor in the gang, a cynical act of betrayal. The quintessence of ninja action in a five-minute vignette! Tony Rayns

Action, Thrills & Suspense

Nakano Saki

Duration: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Nakano Saki

The first of four titles in this selection by women animators. A rhapsody of touching-feeling-dreaming, in red and black brush-strokes. Terayama Shuji Prize at Image Forum Festival 2014. Tony Rayns


John Nakeb

Duration: 2 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
International Shorts
Director: John Nakeb

A striking visual treatment of a spoken word poem, written and performed by Hopy Tareke.

Pan Nalin

Duration: 117 mins
Country of Origin: India,France, 2013
Nonfiction Features
Director: Pan Nalin

Pan Nalin, whose Samsara and Ayurveda: Art of Being struck such chords with Vancouverites, turns his spiritually questing eye towards the Kumbh Mela, the sacred Hindu pilgrimage/festival that unfolds along the Ganges and attracts 100 million devotees. By alternating specific characters—a 10-year-old runaway, an aging holy man—with the sheer spectacle on display, Nalin’s gorgeous film is a celebration of diversity.

Religion, Spirituality & Myth

Nam Keun-hak

Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Nam Keun-hak

It’s amazing what you get to see when you’re working on demolishing or repairing an old roof. Tony Rayns

Eduardo Nazarian

Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil, 2014
Arts and Letters
Director: Eduardo Nazarian

Legendary accordionist, composer and singer José Domingos de Morais—better known as Dominguinhos—died last year, but not before participating in Joaquim Castro, Eduardo Nazarian and Mariana Aydar’s celebration of his life and music. With his wide smile and prodigious talent, Dominguinhos and his unique mix of bossa nova, jazz and pop, all anchored by his baião rhythms, will leave you delighted.

Biography, Music & Dance


Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
International Shorts
Director: Nezioa

We don’t often hear from the young people in Canada’s north, but here they are in their own words.

Nguyen-Vo Nghiem-Minh

Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: Vietnam, 2013
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Nguyen-Vo Nghiem-Minh

We’re in 2030, when rising sea levels have flooded much of the Mekong delta. A husband and wife live in a hut on stilts above their former land, subsisting on fish and seafood. Nearby, a slightly sinister corporation experiments with salt-water hydroponics. The husband dies mysteriously… Vietnam’s first sci-fi eco-thriller is a real eye-opener. Tony Rayns

Environment, Extreme Weather, Sci-fi & Horror, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Guillaume Nicloux

(L'enlèvement de Michel Houellebecq)
Duration: 97 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Spotlight on France
Director: Guillaume Nicloux

Acclaimed and controversial French author Michel Houellebecq is the centre of this hilarious and strange mélange of real life and fiction. When the notorious curmudgeon (playing himself) is kidnapped and anesthetized with alcohol, a caustic (and occasionally inebriated) game of cat and mouse commences and the barriers between captor and captive slowly dissolve… Winner, Best Screenplay, Tribeca 2014.

Comedy, Crime, Literary (inc. Adaptations)

Kim Noce

Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
International Shorts
Director: Kim Noce

A collection of memories set in stone. A contemplation of life, death and our place in time.

Experimental & Avant garde