Film Festival Series

VIFF 2014 Facts + Figures

Event                       33rd  Vancouver International Film Festival (inaugural year was 1982)

Dates                       September 25 – October 10, 2014

Slogan                     Same Planet. Different Worlds.


VIFF 2014 in review

  • 349 films (219 of which were feature-length[1])
  • 70 countries
  • 573 press and public screenings
  • 95 Canadian films (including co-productions):
    • 35 features, 60 shorts[1]
    •  Selected from almost 700 Canadian submissions
  • 77 nonfiction films (67 of which are feature-length)
  • 144,000 admissions
  • 750 volunteers
  • Nine screens at seven theatres (not including a few special events elsewhere):
    • The Centre for the Performing Arts
    • The Cinematheque
    • Cineplex Odeon International Village (Theatres 8, 9 10)
    • Rio Theatre
    • SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (at SFU Woodwards)
    • Vancity Theatre
    • Vancouver Playhouse
  • Almost 400 accredited industry guests
  • 1,000+ VIFF Industry delegates

2014 Galas

  • Opening Gala – September 25
  • Canadian Images Opening – September 26
  • BC Spotlight Screening, Awards and Party – October 4
  • Closing Gala – October 10

2014 Film Series

  • Galas and Special Presentations
  • Canadian Images (including BC Spotlight and Canadian Images Shorts)
  • Dragons and Tigers: The Cinemas of East Asia
  • Cinema of Our Time
  • Spotlight on France
  • International Shorts
  • Altered States
  • Nonfiction Features
  • Arts & Letters

2014 Awards

Adjudicated Awards

  • Best Canadian Film- $8,000 cash prize (sponsored by the Directors Guild of Canada)
    • Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film Award - $2,000 cash prize
    • Best BC Film - $10,000 development bursary (sponsored by the Harold Greenburg Fund) + $15,000 post-production services credit (supplied by Deluxe)
    • BC Emerging Filmmaker Award - $7,500 cash prize (sponsored by UBCP/Actra Fraternal) +$10,000 equipment credit (supplied by William F. White)
    • VIFF Impact Award - $5,000 development bursary (sponsored by Agentic Digital Media) +$5,000 in marketing and strategic in-kind services (supplied by Agentic and Story Money Impact)
    • Best New Director Award

Audience Awards

  • Rogers People’s Choice Award
  • VIFF Most Popular Documentary Film Award
  • VIFF Most Popular Canadian Feature Film Award
  • Most Popular Canadian Documentary Award

29th VIFF Industry Conference: October 1 – 3

Totally Indie Day: October 4


VIFF is a not-for-profit charitable organization whose mandate is:

A)   encourage understanding of the world’s cultures through the art of cinema, to foster the art of cinema, to facilitate the meeting in British Columbia of cinema professionals from around the world, and to stimulate the motion picture industry in British Columbia. 

B)   operate an annual Vancouver International Film Festival, a public celebration bringing the best in contemporary Canadian and international cinema and retrospective programs to British Columbia.

C)   operate the Vancouver International Film Centre and Vancity Theatre, providing the public and film community with an excellent facility for the appreciation of cinema and related art forms throughout the year. 


Film lengths: Features = over 60 minutes long; mid-lengths = between 20 and 60 minutes; shorts = under 20 minutes