Submission Details

Vancouver International Film Festival
33rd Annual Festival: September 25-October 10, 2014

VIFF Submission Forms, Deadlines, and Fees

VIFF will only review films that have completed the submission process and paid the required entry fees. 

Any questions? Please check our Submissions FAQ.

In order to simplify the submission process, we suggest using the internet platform Applying to VIFF through Withoutabox streamlines the process, saves you money and allows you take advantage of extended deadlines. Of course, you can also submit your film directly to the festival through traditional entry forms (found below).

International Submissions ARE NOW CLOSED

  • Regular deadline: Friday, June 27 - PASSED

Canadian Submissions ARE NOW CLOSED

  • Regular deadline: June 20 - PASSED
  • EXTENDED WITHOUTABOX DEADLINE: Friday, June 27 - Deadline extensions will be granted on request until Friday, July 18 - PASSED
  • Regulations
  • Extended WAB Deadline Fees: 
    • $45.00 Narrative/Nonfiction Feature (over 20 minutes in length)
    • $20.00 Short Film (20 minutes and under)


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Film Series and Awards

The Vancouver International Film Festival has long been one of the largest and most successful film festivals in North America. In 2013, 341 films played on nine screens in seven venues. By the time our 16-day festival had wrapped, 130,000 attendees had been dazzled by the top films from more than 75 countries.

Last year, VIFF offered $19,500 in cash prizes plus another $25,000 in services and prize packs as part of five adjudicated awards. Audience Awards were announced in an additional six categories, including the Rogers People's Choice Award, Most Popular Documentary Film Award and Most Popular First Feature Award. Details of our 2014 awards will be announced in July.

Films selected for the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival will be presented in a diverse selection of series.

International Series

Cinema of Our Time

A spectacular showcase of narrative films from around the globe featuring both today’s masters and tomorrow’s visionaries.

Dragons & Tigers: The Cinemas of East Asia

For over 25 years, VIFF has presented one of the world’s largest and most adventurous collections of East Asian cinema.

Nonfiction Features

Documentary and essay films embrace the spotlight in this acclaimed series, which sees over 75 nonfiction features play to almost 50,000 engaged viewers.

Arts & Letters

A cinematic celebration of visual and performing arts with a strong focus on films in which music takes centre stage.

Spotlight on France

VIFF honours the rich cinematic culture that continues to thrive in France by highlighting that nation’s finest big-screen offerings.

Altered States

A late night series featuring international genre films, as well as fantastic cinema that defies ready classification.

International Shorts

VIFF introduces you to exceptional international artists who push short-form storytelling to its limits.

Canadian Series

Canadian Images

One of the world's largest annual public exhibitions of new Canadian cinema. Incredibly well-attended, it's truly a point of pride for VIFF. This series is also home to the B.C. Spotlight which focuses on our homegrown talent.

Canadian Images Shorts

Carefully curated short film programs showcase both established Canadian filmmakers and emerging artists we’ll be seeing more from in the future.


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