When is the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival?
What is VIFF’s mission?
How many films does VIFF screen?
What types of films can be submitted to VIFF?
- International Narrative Features (over 25 minutes in length)
- International Documentaries (over 25 minutes in length)
- International Shorts (maximum 25 minutes in length)
- Canadian Narrative Features/Documentaries (over 25 minutes in length)
- Canadian Shorts (maximum 25 minutes in length)
How do I submit a film to VIFF?
What are your submission deadlines and entry fees?
Does my film need to be a World or Canadian Premiere?
What are the different premiere statuses?
When does a film qualify as Canadian?
What is my film’s country of production?
Do you have a dedicated experimental section that I can submit my film to?
Do you accept television episodes, web series, virtual reality projects or music videos?
Does VIFF offer any awards?
Can I submit to VIFF if I’ve already submitted to other festivals and am still waiting to hear back?
Does it make a difference when I submit my film?
How many films can I submit?
Can I submit a work-in-progress?
Is my film too old to submit to VIFF?
Can I resubmit my film from last year?
When is a short film not short enough?
Does VIFF offer fee waivers?
Do you accept late submissions?
What preview formats do you accept?
If you are submitting an online screener, our preference is a Vimeo link. However, we can accept links to other streaming services including your own site, an unlisted private YouTube, etc. Please ensure that the password remains valid until September 6, 2017. If the link or password changes at any time, you must email the change to firstname.lastname@example.org or else risk forfeiting your submission.
If you choose to submit a DVD, NTSC is our preferred format. While we can also accept PAL, we do not accept data discs. Please indicate the formatting on the DVD and be sure to test the disc in a commercial DVD player before submitting. DVDs should not include labels or stickers of any kind. Only laser-printing or black Sharpie pen should be used on the disc itself. Many consumer labeling products can actually make a disc unplayable.
Where do I mail my DVD?
I’m having issues with my Withoutabox submission. Who should I contact?
Will VIFF confirm receipt of my submission?
Will you return my DVD?
If I choose to withdraw my submission for any reason, will I receive a refund?
Who watches my submission?
When will I be notified of VIFF’s decision?
Will I receive feedback if my film isn’t selected?
What are the programming streams and film series that make up VIFF?
These new programming streams reflect the interests and values of our audience and offer them more opportunities to explore every platform of our programming in a more enriching way:
- Galas & Special Presentations: VIFF's marquee attractions, including award-winning work from leading festivals like Cannes and Sundance.
- Contemporary World Cinema: A spectacular showcase of narrative films from around the globe, featuring both today's masters and tomorrow's visionaries.
- Spotlight on France: The rich cinematic culture that continues to flourish in France is celebrated in this selection of fine big-screen offerings.
- Documentaries: This acclaimed series explores the endless possibilities of nonfiction filmmaking while probing involving subject matter.
- BC Spotlight: The latest feature films from our province's best and brightest creators will leave audiences thrilled by our homegrown talent.
- Canadian Images: Our country's best narrative films and documentaries from directors beloved by VIFF audiences as well as exciting new voices.
- Future//Present: Diverse independent filmmakers from across Canada who demonstrate originality and vision while challenging the medium.
- Impact: With messages that resonate long after the end credits, these documentaries possess the ability to be powerful agents of change.
- Dragons & Tigers: This internationally celebrated series continues to introduce the most exciting talents from East Asia to the world.
- Style in Film: VIFF's stunning fall collection celebrates the creative spirit by inviting fashion, style and visual aesthetics to take centre stage.
- M/A/D: Cinema conveys the power of other art forms in astonishing ways and allows us unrivalled insights into great creative minds.
- Altered States: This is where the strange ones come out to play, demanding that you follow their warped rules.
- Short Films: In a matter of minutes, these films immerse you in fully realized narratives that leave an indelible mark.
Films selected to play VIFF will be presented in one of our series at the discretion of our programming team. Additional series may be announced prior to this year’s festival.
If my film is selected for VIFF, how many times will it screen?
What projection formats does VIFF screen during the festival?
Should I send you press/publicity materials related to my film?
What programming does VIFF offer beyond film screenings?
At the 2016 festival, “film+” events included:
Sustainable Production Forum: Featuring a keynote speech from Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files, this one-day event showcased Vancouver as a world-class destination for sustainable screen-based industry production. The event brought together Industry professionals, executives from Hollywood studios and representatives from global and local sustainability organizations for a day of inspiration and learning about trends and opportunities to further sustainable production. This successful event successfully laid the groundwork for a multi-year series.
New Frontiers Series: Virtual Reality: A deep dive into the latest storytelling technology to challenge creators. Sessions tackled the next big thing in consumer entertainment and introduced first-hand experiences from some of the world's leading VR creators.
Industry Exchange: A dedicated forum exploring the future of digital entertainment. It included exclusive first-come, first-served meetings, as well as dinners, lunches and cocktails with online commissioners, creators and top executives.
Creator Talks: Opened up to the general public this year, these 10 sessions were offered in addition to our traditional post-screening Q&As with festival filmmakers. From fireside chats to panel sessions, audiences heard from some of the worlds' leading creators and innovators as they shared expertise on their craft. Guests included Tatiana Maslany, the Emmy Award-winning star of Orphan Black, and Matt Johnson and Jay McCarrol, the mad geniuses behind Viceland’s Nirvanna the Band the Show.
Late Night at HUB: The decibel level rose at the Vancouver International Film Centre (VIFF’s year-round home) as live music from some of the city’s most exciting acts mixed with innovative video experiences.