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Until Branches Bend film image, director Sophie Jarvis

BC Spotlight

Image: Until Branches Bend, VIFF 2022

The latest feature films from our province’s best and brightest creators will leave audiences thrilled by our homegrown talent.

 

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Anyox

Catalyst Mentorship Program Alumni Documentary Human Rights & Social Justice Women Directors

Originally constructed around a copper mine, the once thriving company town of Anyox now boasts only two year-round residents. An immaculately crafted portrait of the damage wrought by the callousness of colonial ambition.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre The Cinematheque
Bones of Crows
Bones of Crows film image, director Marie Clements

Bones of Crows

Human Rights & Social Justice Women Directors

Vancouver-born Dene/Métis writer-director Marie Clements lays out a hard history of Indigenous resilience in this urgent, harrowing epic, spanning most of the 20th century; the story of a Cree woman from childhood, through residential school, WWII, and beyond.

Centre for Performing Arts

Golden Delicious

Drama LGBTQIA2S+

Golden Delicious is a coming-of-age story about an Asian-Canadian teenager who is torn between his girlfriend’s dreams of their future and his father’s ambition, all the while struggling with finding himself and his feelings for the boy next door.

The Rio Theatre

The Grizzlie Truth

Documentary Women Directors

Kathleen S. Jayme (Finding Big Country) is out to solve a true sports crime: who robbed us of the Vancouver Grizzlies? Jayme revisits the short history of those bad luck bears, connecting the dots and reconnecting with the Grizzlies heroes and villains.

Centre for Performing Arts

The Klabona Keepers

Documentary Human Rights & Social Justice

The Klabona Keepers is a fierce account of the Tahltan Nation's struggle to protect the Klabona Sacred Headwaters from commercial mining. Interspersing verité cinematography with interviews, the film documents the tactics used by the land defenders.

Vancouver Playhouse International Village 10
Lay Down Your Heart
Lay Down Your Heart film image, director Marie Clements

Lay Down Your Heart

Women Directors

Marie Clements' Lay Down Your Heart is a touching tribute to Niall McNeil, a multi-talented artist in theatre who happens to be a person living with Down Syndrome. A heartwarming celebration of a local artist who has succeeded on his own terms.

International Village 10 International Village 9
Riceboy Sleeps
Riceboy Sleeps film image, director Anthony Shim

Riceboy Sleeps

Award Winners Drama

Raising her son Dong-hyun (Dohyun Noel Hwang, then Ethan Hwang) in Vancouver’s suburbs, So-young (Choi Seung-yoon), a South Korean immigrant, desperately wants to instill a sense of pride in the boy. Meanwhile, he just wants to fit in.

Vancouver Playhouse The Rio Theatre

Unarchived

Documentary Women Directors

In this zippy doc, we learn about a new way of representing the past, and meet community curators and archivists from across BC whose mission is to share the secret, neglected, and untold histories of this place we only think we know.

SFU Woodwards International Village 10

Until Branches Bend

Drama Human Rights & Social Justice Women Directors

Discovering a potentially invasive insect inside a peach, fruit packer Robin immediately reports it. When management refuses to take action, she goes public with her concerns and precipitates a widescale shutdown in her Okanagan town.

Vancouver Playhouse The Rio Theatre

When Time Got Louder

Drama LGBTQIA2S+ Women Directors

Leaving home for university, Abbie (Willow Shields) thrives and experiences self-actualization. However, she’s tormented by the knowledge that her brother Kayden (Jonathan Simao), who has autism and is non-verbal, is reeling in her absence.

Vancouver Playhouse SFU Woodwards

Shorts

Dhulpa film image, director Kunsang Kyirong

Dhulpa

VIFF Short Forum: Program 3

Narrative and documentary elements are woven together to tell the stories of a Tibetan immigrant community working at a local laundry facility.

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The Faraway Place film image, director Kenny Welsh

The Faraway Place

VIFF Short Forum: Program 5

A young woman and her father, both of whom have horns, flee from a violent cult on a mission to eradicate their kind.

 

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Framing the Self film image, director Andrea Cristini

Framing the Self

VIFF Short Forum: Program 4

A heady but emphatic experiment whereby an animated character improvises in a cinematic vacuum through the direction of their creator.

 

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From Chile to Canada: Media Herstories film image, co-directors Sarah Shamash and Sonia Medel

From Chile to Canada: Media Herstories

VIFF Short Forum: Program 1

Through feminist solidarities on unceded Coast Salish land, the contributions of Latinx women reveal an intergenerational network of media art genealogies.

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I Empower as a Mother film image, co-directors Inder Nirwan and Dani Barker

I Empower as a Mother

 

VIFF Short Forum: Program 5

Patricia Massy, the founder and director of Massy Arts Society and co-founder of Indigenous Brilliance collective, shares aspects of her life, work, and business, Massy Books.

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i see me watching film image, director Sidney Gordon

i see me watching

 

VIFF Short Forum: Program 2

Through formal experimentation based on the artist’s personal struggle with gender identity, a singular self has been split into two.

 

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I Thought the World of You film image, director Kurt Walker

I Thought the World of You

VIFF Short Forum: Program 1

An enigmatic mosaic built on the lore existing around Canadian musician Lewis and his 1983 album, L’Amour.

 

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A Motorcycle Saved My Life film image, director lori lozinski

A Motorcycle Saved My Life

This film will play before Unarchived

A personal meditation recounting how a motorcycle and the open road allowed the narrator to come to terms with her grief and set herself on the path to healing.

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My Thoughts Exactly film image, director Mike Archibald

My Thoughts Exactly

VIFF Short Forum: Program 4

Two strangers bring their love, frustration, and desire to the cruising trails within Stanley Park.

 

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N'xaxaitkw film image, director Asia Youngman

N’xaxaitkw

VIFF Short Forum: Program 6

New to town, Zaraya befriends her next-door neighbour, who invites her to go on a search for the legendary lake monster, N’xaxaitkw—known to settlers as Ogopogo.

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Paco film image, director Kent Donguines

Paco

VIFF Short Forum: Program 3

While keeping a secret from his family overseas, Paco struggles to uphold his responsibilities and aspirations.

 

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Red House film image, director Barry Doupé

Red House

VIFF Short Forum: Program 4

Created using the Amiga computer console and Deluxe Paint IV software, hand-drawn sequences undergo a continual metamorphosis of images, characters, and forms.

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Rumination film image, director Ashleigh Vaillancourt

Rumination

VIFF Short Forum: Program 1

At night, a woman’s mind wanders as she chops firewood.

 

 

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The Runner film image, director Amar Chebib

The Runner

VIFF Short Forum: Program 1

Darius Sam, a young man from the Lower Nicola First Nation, attempts to run a 100-mile ultramarathon in subzero temperatures to raise awareness for addiction and mental health in his community.

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Sexy Highland Stream film image, director Nathan Adler

Sexy Highland Stream

VIFF Short Forum: Program 4

In appreciation of the eponymous stream, this poem is a love letter to the beauty found in nature. Written and spoken in English and Anishinaabemowin.

 

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Terror/Forming film image, director Rylan Friday

Terror/Forming

VIFF Short Forum: Program 3

Parker and his boyfriend Darren make a disturbing discovery on their way to Parker’s late kokum’s cabin, setting the stage for how the night will unfold.

 

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Tongue film image, director Kaho Yoshida

Tongue

VIFF Short Forum: Program 2

Tired of her date’s racist and sexist comments, a woman decides to liberate his tongue.

 

 

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Zeb's Spider film image, co-directors Alicia Eisen and Sophie Jarvis

Zeb’s Spider

This film will play before Huesera

In this beautifully realized stop motion animation, a superstitious homebody becomes consumed with satisfying the ever-growing needs of an uninvited eight-legged guest.

 

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