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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.

Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
3D Special Presentations

A formal yet intimate study of this seminal performance artist.

3D, Fine Arts or Theatre, Experimental & Avant garde
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
(24 jours)
Duration: 111 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Spotlight on France

A terrific cast featuring Zabou Breitman, Pascal Elbe, Jacques Gamblin and Sylvie Testud anchors Alexandre Arcady’s true-life thriller. "[The film] offers up a white-knuckle dramatization of the nearly month-long kidnapping and torture of 23-year-old Ilan Halimi, whose traumatic ordeal… prompted a massive police manhunt and, eventually, a national outcry against anti-Semitism in France… Captivating…"—Hollywood Reporter

Audience Award Winners, Crime, Drama, Jewish Interest, Action, Thrills & Suspense
(3e page après le soleil)
Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

An abstract exploration of ephemerality and recycling.

Animation, Fine Arts or Theatre, Experimental & Avant garde
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: 109 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

So much can happen in a year. For instance, your mom can transition from female to male. Such is the case in Sophie Hyde’s provocative, authentic and refreshingly modern coming-of-age tale. Handled with care and restraint, “(this) accessible narrative experiment boasts breakout talent in front of and behind the camera.”—Variety. Winner, Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic, Sundance 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Drama, Family Relations, Filmmaking, Aboriginal / First Nations, Human Rights, Queer Interest, Women Directors, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

When the person who’s supposed to be closest to you is no more than a stranger…

Drama
Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: Belgium,Netherlands, 2014
Series:
3D Special Presentations

A daring formal experiment lies at the heart of this exploration of loss. Eugenie Jansen films her story—a young, half-Aboriginal girl copes with being transplanted from Australia to Belgium after her mother’s death—in 50 fps 3D and uses 360-degree pans to evoke time’s inexorable movement. The result is a boundary-pushing drama that is as affecting as it is bold in execution.

3D, Experimental & Avant garde, Aboriginal / First Nations, History, Immigration, War & Espionage, Women Directors
Duration: 11 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

A man has a fateful chance encounter with his wife—five years after she walked out…

Drama
Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

An acting guru leads two hapless performers through a scene from A Streetcar Named Desire.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Comedy
Duration: 72 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

Prompted by Ari Seth Cohen’s wildly popular blog (itself indebted to Bill Cunningham’s guerrilla fashion photography), Lina Plioplyte’s inspiring documentary profiles seven New York women—aged “between 50 and death”—whose eccentric approaches to style and glamour reflect their inextinguishable vitality. “They reject the youth-culture diktat that age makes you invisible, and offer us all an example of self-acceptance.”—Globe & Mail

Fine Arts or Theatre, Style & Fashion, Women Directors
Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

A man tries to save the life of a minuscule fish but the situation spirals out of control.

Drama
Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Suzanne Crocker’s deeply personal documentary offers a poignant commentary on what today’s day-to-day digital existence has devolved into. A courageous family opts to simplify things considerably by moving to a wilderness cabin in the Yukon with no electricity, television, Internet or running water. There are no neighbours, either, which results in a very unique and touching celebration of Halloween.

Adventures Outdoors, Environment, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: France,Belgium, 2014
Series:
Altered States

A mentally unstable woman and a low-rent con artist embark on a gruesome killing spree in this sinister, spellbinding update of cult classic The Honeymoon Killers. Director Fabrice Du Welz (Calvaire) keeps us constantly off-balance as he sends his outrageous film careening from macabre psychodrama to unsettling musical numbers. "Alleluia is all attempted repression, bursting carnal appetites and escalating craziness… A dose of some real midnight madness.”—Screen

Crime, Romance, Sci-fi & Horror, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Albania, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

A middle-aged Albanian man documents himself on the day he has decided to blow himself up.

Drama
Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: Japan,South Korea, 2013/2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

An old VIFF tradition is revived in this electrifying anthology of new indie animation from Japan—with a special bonus in the form of Hwang Gyuil’s Deaf and Wind from Korea. A wide range of graphic styles and techniques, tackling everything from a ninja vendetta to the secret origin of the universe. Tony Rayns

Animation
Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil,France, 2013
Series:
3D Special Presentations

A circus-trained capuchin must quickly adapt to life in the wild when it suddenly finds itself lost in the Amazon rainforest. This unwitting, endlessly expressive little guide leads us through Thierry Ragobert’s awe-inspiring, family-friendly docudrama, acquainting us with this lush wonderland’s exotic denizens and other breathtaking splendours. "A thrilling tale… the cinematography is exceptionally vivid throughout…”—Hollywood Reporter

3D, Adventures Outdoors, Animation, Environment, Family Relations, Youth Under 18 May Attend
(Ketsujiru Juke)
Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2013
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

A funny/sad pop-art mini-extravaganza! Ms Kabuki says that it’s based on a dream she had when her lover left her. He was a man who liked enemas. Tony Rayns

Animation
Duration: 1 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

Sometimes you are your own greatest ally. (United Way Care to Change Video Competition winner.)

Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Series:
Dragons & Tigers

Kang’s first films since serving time (for conscientious objection) are studies of post-prison rehab and of life on Anmado island, both precise and poetic. Tony Rayns

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