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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.

Paula van der Oest

(Lucia de B.)
Duration: 97 mins
Country of Origin: Netherlands, 2014
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Paula van der Oest


Sep 25 02:00 pm
Sep 29 01:00 pm
Oct 02 07:00 pm

When a baby died on her watch and investigators uncovered some circumstantially damning details, nurse Lucia de Berk (a cool, distanced Ariane Schluter) was labelled a serial killer and put on trial for murder—despite being innocent. Paula van der Oest’s terrific combination of investigative mystery and courtroom drama is intelligent and entertaining by turns. "[This] Oscar-shortlisted Dutch thriller retells a chilling true story with David Fincher-like intrigue."—Variety

Crime, Drama, Mystery

Darcy Van Poelgeest

Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Canadian Shorts
Director: Darcy Van Poelgeest


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.

Alex van Warmerdam

Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: Belgium,Netherlands, 2015
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Alex van Warmerdam


Oct 06 08:45 pm
Oct 08 03:30 pm

As darkly surreal and deadpan droll as ever, Alex van Warmerdam’s follow-up to Borgman is a different beast entirely. Memorably set around a lakeside cabin, it’s a clever comedic thriller in which the titular heroes (the druggy Bax is played by van Warmerdam; the family man Schneider by Tom Dewispelaere) are hit-men charged with taking each other out… "[In this] wicked little outing… the more absurd the circumstances, the more entertaining the movie gets."—Variety


E. Chai Vasarhelyi

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Nonfiction Features
Director: E. Chai Vasarhelyi


Sep 26 03:45 pm
Sep 29 09:00 pm

The best climbing film ever? This exhilarating, immersive documentary showcases three extraordinary climbers’ efforts to be the first to scale the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru, the Himalayas’ most daunting challenge. Directors Jimmy Chin, a top climber, and E. Chai Vasarhelyi, a celebrated documentarian, detail the perils of this 1,500-foot wall of sheer, smooth granite and delve into the psyches of these daredevils. Jon Krakauer is among those who provide context. "A visceral study of willpower and mental strength."—Indiewire

Adventures Outdoors, Audience Award Winners, Sport

François Verster

Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: Egypt,France,Jordan,Netherlands,South Africa, 2014
Arts and Letters
Director: François Verster


Oct 01 08:30 pm
Oct 04 03:15 pm

A beautifully realized paean to art and democracy, set in Istanbul, Cairo, Beirut and Alexandria, François Verster’s ambitious, multilayered documentary combines the tale of Shahrazad (and the 1001 stories she tells) with many other stories of the modern Arab world. From the National Youth Orchestra in Istanbul, to a troupe of actors/storytellers in Cairo, to a lone tapestry artist (amongst many others), Verster’s profoundly secular-humanist work skips back and forth through time and space to weave its own striking tapestry about the modernizing force of art.

Human Rights & Social Justice, Islamic World, Music & Arts, Politics

Alexander von Hofmann

Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2014
International Shorts
Director: Alexander von Hofmann


Oct 03 09:00 pm
Oct 07 01:00 pm

As his wife prepares brunch on a Saturday morning, Harvey slumps into his chair and tells her about an eerie and frightening dream he had.


Rosa von Praunheim

Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 2015
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Rosa von Praunheim


Sep 25 04:30 pm
Sep 29 09:30 pm

Former martial arts champion Andreas Marquardt’s life isn’t defined by victories but rather by vicious cycles. The product of unthinkably abusive parents, contempt came easily, setting him on a self-destructive path demarcated by pimping and prison. Rosa von Praunheim’s unflinching docudrama reopens Marquardt’s old wounds through stylish re-enactments and profiles how one woman’s devotion—or is it masochism?—steers him towards hard-won redemption.

Audience Award Winners, Drama, Romance

Lisa Immordino Vreeland

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Arts and Letters
Director: Lisa Immordino Vreeland


Sep 25 04:30 pm
Sep 30 06:30 pm
Oct 09 06:15 pm

Peggy Guggenheim not only amassed one of the world’s most impressive collections of contemporary art but also rightfully earned a reputation as the consummate bohemian. In her wildly entertaining follow up to Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, Lisa Immordino Vreeland explores how Guggenheim forsook her bourgeois birthright in favour of a villa in Venice, crashing international art scenes, and discovering the likes of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko in the process. “[With] so many love affairs and ego clashes Art Addict never feels a bit like a history lesson.”—Hollywood Reporter

Fine Arts or Theatre, Biography, Jewish Interest, Style in Film