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For the 20th year running, the Vancouver International Film Festival is proud to present the Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema to a new director from Pacific Asia. It is given to a creative and innovative film, made early in a director’s career, which has not yet won significant international recognition. Past winners have included Kore-eda Hirokazu, Hong Sang-Soo and Jia Zhangke. This year’s winner will be announced at the screening of A Touch of Sin on Thursday, October 3 at 6:30pn in the Centre for the Performing Arts. We invite you to enjoy a special encore presentation of the winning film.

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Just as the concept of dark matter leaves astrophysicists scratching their heads, the short films assembled here snub their noses at straightforward synopses by finding inventive takes on familiar tropes.

Animation, Experimental & Avant Garde, Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror
(Alba de un recuerdo)
Cinema of Our Time

Alba, 75, a native Colombian woman whose daughter became sick and was taken away from her as a young child, now returns constantly to those memories of their time together. A beautiful and powerful documentary about loss, heartbreak and stoic existence.

Health (Mental & Physical), Women Directors
(clat du jour)
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As a pack of kids pilot their bikes through suburban streets, idleness erupts into anarchy and they taste teenage rebellion for the first time.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Drama
International Shorts

On a hospital deathbed, while the line between internal monologue and reality blurs, a man composes a love letter to his wife.

Experimental & Avant Garde
International Shorts

A poignant Christmas message that demonstrates the power of words.

Family Relations, Women Directors
Canadian Images

A dancer conveys the horrors endured by homosexuals in Nazi concentration camps through bold contemporary movement.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Drama, Music & Dance, Queer Interest
Nonfiction Features

The power, intensity and drama of desert ultramarathon racing is impressively conveyed in Jennifer Steinman’s documentary. Following a small group of runners competing in the 4 Deserts (the Atacama, the Gobi, the Sahara and the Antarctic) series of races, the film is a compelling look at what motivates these extraordinary competitors.

Adventures Outdoors, Sport, Action, Thrills & Suspense, Women Directors
Canadian Images

After witnessing an act of violence, a guilt-stricken junior hockey player must choose between his teammates and the truth.

Drama, Sport
Canadian Images

In Bruce Sweeney’s latest, the prickly, acerbic and chronically impulsive host of a sports talk show (Tom Scholte) faces two major catastrophes as an inappropriate series of tweets and an ironic injury leave his job hanging by a thread. It’s up to his veteran producer (Gabrielle Rose) to save both their livelihoods—by any means necessary…

Comedy, Health (Mental & Physical), Sport
(Oneul ui Jeonyeok)
Dragons & Tigers

Shim Hyunseok explores an end-of-the-world dilemma.

Canadian Images

In Matt Johnson’s conceptually daring debut, a high school movie geek’s power fantasies about exacting revenge on his tormentors spill over into reality and spiral out of control. "The most empathetic and human portrait of bullying, and its deadly consequences, ever put on film.”—Huffington Post. Winner, Best Narrative Feature, Slamdance 2013.

Comedy, Crime, Drama, Filmmaking, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Dragons & Tigers

In just 13 fixed shots, without dialogue, new director Yang Zhengfan creates a series of striking scenes set in southern China. Each one hints at a micro-story, some humorous, some tragic, others rich with symbolic meaning. Surrender to the film’s measured pace and prepare to be enthralled.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Buddhist Interest, Economics & Globalization
(Bella addormentata)
Cinema of Our Time

Isabelle Huppert and Toni Servillo (Il Divo) are superb in Italian master Marco Bellocchio’s caustic political critique and keenly observed social drama centring on the hot-button issue of euthanasia. A powerful and supremely intelligent work, showing Bellocchio at the peak of his powers.

Disabilities, Drama, Human Rights, Power Politics, Religion, Spirituality & Myth

What happens when you lose your guide before you find your way? Inspired by writer-director Ben Ratner’s long-time friendship with the iconic actress Babz Chula, and featuring an enviable ensemble cast, this is a charming film about mentorship, companionship, living life to the fullest and, ultimately, letting go. BC Spotlight Gala.

Fine Arts & Theatre, Comedy, Drama, Family Relations, Health (Mental & Physical), Jewish Interest, Music & Dance
International Shorts

When the mind is animated, you don’t need drugs.

Nonfiction Features

Filmed in Cumbria, and taking as its subject the 500-year-old building process that remains the dominant method of construction in the upland areas of Great Britain, this is a celebration of tradition from Kelvin Brown and Jacob Robinson.