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VIFF International Film Submissions 2022

The Vancouver International Film Festival is a showcase of exceptional international cinema in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. VIFF takes great pride in championing international cinema’s most exciting new voices, offering diverse programming and fostering enlightening dialogue.

What are the dates of the 2022 Vancouver International Film Festival?

The 41st edition of VIFF will run September 29 – October 9, 2022.


When do submissions open?

VIFF will start accepting submissions through FilmFreeway on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.


When are the submission deadlines and what are the entry fees?

The following dates are the deadlines to submit your film through FilmFreeway. All submissions must be sent through that platform. Submissions fees are non-refundable.

Deadlines  Feature Films  Short Films 
Early Deadline: April 22, 2022  $50.00 USD  $40.00 USD 
Regular Deadline: May 20, 2022  $60.00 USD  $45.00 USD 
Late Deadline: June 3, 2022  $70.00 USD  $50.00 USD 


What are the submission categories and how do I choose the right one for my project?

  • International Narrative Features
    Open to non-Canadian narrative films with runtimes over 25 minutes. Feature length films must not have been broadcast, distributed on VOD/home video, or screened in-person either at another festival or theatrically in the Vancouver area.
  • International Documentaries
    Open to non-Canadian nonfiction films with runtimes over 25 minutes. Feature length films must not have been broadcast, distributed on VOD/home video, or screened in-person either at another festival or theatrically in the Vancouver area.
  • International Shorts
    Open to non-Canadian narrative and nonfiction films with runtimes of 25 minutes or less. Short films must not have been screened either at another festival or publicly in the Vancouver area. VIFF will consider short films that have been made available online.


Do you accept VR/AR submissions?

More information about VIFF Immersed VR and AR submissions will be announced in the coming weeks. Sign-up for VIFF Immersed News + Updates to be the first to know.


Does VIFF pay screening fees?

VIFF intends to compensate all filmmakers selected through the submission process with a screening fee.


Can I resubmit my film from last year?

Yes, as long as your film has substantively changed since it was last submitted.


Is my film too old to submit?

Any international film submitted for VIFF 2022 must have been completed after June 1, 2021.


May I submit my project as a rough cut?

While we are accustomed to watching unfinished films, we strongly recommend that you submit your film in the most finished form possible. If submitting a rough cut, please include a title card indicating the current state of your film (example: temporary score, unfinished VFX). You should also advise us of the date you expect the film to be fully completed.


If I’ve already submitted a rough cut, will you also watch the final version?

Due to the high volume of submissions we receive every year, we are not able to preview multiple versions of a single film.


How do I contact you if I’ve changed my screener’s password?

It is the filmmaker’s responsibility to ensure that the film link and password submitted are working. In the case that a password changes, we may attempt, but are under no obligation, to contact the applicant in order to obtain a replacement online screener. Updated screener information can be sent to [email protected].


How many films can I submit?

You are free to submit as many films as you wish. However, each film must be submitted (and paid for) separately.


Do you accept television episodes, web series, or music videos?

While VIFF has presented all of these in the past, we are not currently accepting unsolicited submissions in these categories.


Is VIFF a competitive festival?

Yes, the full list of awards from the 2021 festival can be found on FilmFreeway. We anticipate our 2022 awards to be confirmed in the spring..


Who watches my submission?

Film submissions to VIFF are reviewed by year-round programming staff, seasonal programmers and screening committees made up of film critics, filmmakers and other individuals well-versed in world cinema.


If you watch all submissions, why doesn’t my Vimeo link have any views in Vancouver?

Many of VIFF’s programmers and previewers live outside of the Vancouver area, so the views may appear from other regions. Additionally, films that are viewed through third-party platforms like FilmFreeway do not count as views through Vimeo.


Does VIFF offer fee waivers?

As a not-for-profit society, VIFF relies on submission fees to help cover administration and programming costs. In order to maintain the high quality of our programming, we are not able to offer fee waivers.


Due to uncertainty created by COVID-19, can I get a discount?

We respect that COVID-19 has caused unprecedented disruption and that many of us have found our financial circumstances dramatically altered. In turn, we hope that you can appreciate that a not-for-profit charitable organization such as ours is now even more reliant on submission fees to fund our operation, which includes compensating a small, dedicated programming staff for the care and attention they bring to their assessment of films. Given these realities, we regret that we’re not able to discount submission fees at this time. We hope that you still offer VIFF the opportunity to consider your film.


I have been accepted to another festival but haven’t heard from VIFF. Can I email you about this?

Yes, you can email [email protected] to inform us, but unfortunately we are not able to help you make a decision about participating in other festivals.


Will I receive feedback on my submission?

Regrettably, with thousands of submissions every year, we don’t have the ability to offer notes to each individual filmmaker.


Will VIFF confirm receipt of my submission?

Once you’ve submitted through FilmFreeway, you can check the status of your film on their website. If your status seems incorrect, please write to [email protected].


When will I be notified about your decision?

You will be advised of our decision by email no later than September 6, 2022.


Have a question that isn’t on this list?

Please contact: [email protected].