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VIFF Talks

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VIFF Talks feature an array of seasoned industry professionals and emerging talent eager to share expertise on their craft.

From creators and showrunners to directors, writers, producers and craftspeople, Creator Talks draw from a finely curated group of key creatives. Whether they're responsible for critically acclaimed films or groundbreaking TV series, they provide a treasure trove of information and inspiration for fellow creators, filmmakers, industry professionals, and, of course, fans of their work.

Expanding the frame of our tentpole Totally Indie Day event, the year-round Indie Spirit Talks celebrate bold independent filmmaking and are intended for the next generation of filmmakers. Detailing how influential directors guide their ambitious projects from the page to the screen, these sessions offer the next generation of storytellers insights into how to employ both vision and resourcefulness.

Upcoming Livestream Talks

VIFF Talk Replays

Missed out on a livestream talk? Catch up on the recording on VIFF Connect.

VIFF Connect - Pre-Recorded
Playing an instrumental role on The West Wing, ER, Animal Kingdom and Shameless, the astonishingly prolific John Wells is one of the most influential figures in this golden age of television. As a writer, director and producer, he’s been a creative force behind hit series that have garnered more than 300 Emmy nominations, 65 Emmy wins and six Peabody Awards. VIFF was thrilled to host John on Feb 18 as he shared lessons learned over the course of an acclaimed career in film, television and stage.
VIFF Connect - Pre-Recorded
Created by Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin, veteran writers of Bob’s Burgers, The Great North is an animated sitcom that follows the Alaskan adventures of the Tobin family and hilariously captures a single dad’s efforts to keep his weird kids close. In this Creator Talk, Wendy and Lizzie discussed envisioning the town of Lone Moose, stocking it with eccentric residents and casting the vocal talents of Nick Offerman, Jenny Slate and Will Forte.


With a VIFF+ Connect Monthly, Silver or Gold Membership, you get free access to the recordings of conversations with some of the best creators and storytellers in the business, including Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman (Director, I'm Thinking of Ending Things), Tracey Deer (Director, Beans), Watchmen cinematographer Greg Middleton and director Stephen Williams, Tony McNamara (Creator, The Great) and Alena Smith (Creator, Dickinson), plus a host of Q&A conversations with the cast and crew behind the films of VIFF 2020.

Hot tip: VIFF+ Connect Members also get free access to live-streamed VIFF Talks taking place in our year-round program.  

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