Canadian Images

Every year at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada’s best feature films, documentaries and shorts are presented in one of the world’s largest annual public exhibitions of new Canadian film. From an average of more than 600 submissions, our programmers select over 75 features and shorts. Vancouver moviegoers respond with tremendous enthusiasm, making this one of our best-attended series and a point of pride for VIFF.

Awards for Canadian filmmakers at VIFF 2013 will include:

    • Best Canadian First Feature
      Awarded to the film selected by our esteemed Canadian Images jury.
    • Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film
      A $2,000 cash prize to a director selected by the Canadian Images jury.
      (The 2012 award went to Juan Riedinger for Float.)

B.C. Spotlight and Awards Series
Furthering our commitment to showcasing local filmmakers and supporting the development of creative talent in our province, VIFF introduces the B.C. Spotlight in 2013. As part of this initiative, we are excited to announce two new awards for B.C. filmmakers, with the winners selected by our B.C. Spotlight Jury.

    • B.C. Emerging Filmmaker Award
      A $7,500 cash prize sponsored by UBCP / ACTRA and AFBS
      Awarded to the director of a BC feature film, narrative or documentary, selected for VIFF 2013.
      Director has not had a commercially released feature film (at the time of submission).
      The film is signatory to a UBCP agreement (if applicable).
    • Best B.C. Film
      A $10,000 development bursary provided by Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund
      (The Fund)
      Awarded to the producer of a BC narrative feature film selected for VIFF 2013.


Preview, Promote, Vote! September 12-26

As part of our new BC Spotlight program, VIFF 2013 is thrilled to present a dozen films from our own creative backyard. In advance of the festival, the #mustseeBC campaign invites audiences to preview trailers, promote BC filmmakers across social networks and VOTE! on the Audience Must See Award.

All Canadian feature films are also eligible for the Most Popular Canadian Film Award, and the prestigious Rogers People’s Choice Award. Both awards are chosen by VIFF attendees through post-screening voting.