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VIFF Mini Guides - New This Year!

VIFF's new free mini-guide is now available featuring a complete list of films and screening information. You'll find them at bookstores, cafes, cinemas, libraries and other fine establishments around town.



The Vancouver International Film Festival hosts many filmmakers, distributors, international film critics and special guests from around the world. in a quality viewing envoriment that puts films first. Many of our guests host dynamic Q & A sessions following screenings.

Keep your eye out for our "Guest In Attendance" logo on our print ads, web site and e-newsletters. Also, we'll post the list of 2014 guests on this page once they are confirmed. 


2013 Guests

Photo above: WINNER of the 2011 Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema, The Sun-Beaten Path (Sonthar Gyal, China)

Dragons & Tigers Award For Young Cinema Jury


Now in its 15th successful year, the Vancouver International Film Festival’s High School Outreach Program offers a unique opportunity for Vancouver-area students to experience the best that international cinema has to offer. Given that an overwhelming number of films distributed in Canada are made in Hollywood, we like to present a program to counter that fact - a program that reflects the Festival’s “Same Planet, Different Worlds” theme.


VIFF Guest & Industry Accreditation is offered to a select number of film professionals, providing complimentary access to Festival screenings. We accept requests for accreditation from individuals and representatives of organizations who have a professional interest in attending the Festival. Guest accreditation is granted at the discretion of the Festival, and application is no guarantee of acceptance. Accreditation is granted to individuals and is non-transferable. A $75 processing fee will be charged to successful applicants.

Presented by Brad Birarda and Robert Sali

For the 18th year running, the Festival is pleased to offer 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 the director's career, which has not yet won significant international recognition. As always, we're hugely grateful to Brad Birarda and Robert Sali for sponsoring this award, and the series as a whole.