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VIFF 2023

September 28 – October 8



Our 42nd Festival!

September 28 – October 8, 2023

The annual Vancouver International Film Festival showcases exceptional cinema in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Our spectacular 2023 roster will include some of the best cinema from around the globe, talks, conferences, live performances and other unique events that celebrate film and film culture. Be sure to subscribe to VIFF NEWS to be the first to receive our latest festival news.


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    Look Ahead

    Bones of Crows film image, director Marie Clements


    Our spectacular 2023 roster will feature some of the best cinema from around the globe, including features, documentaries, and shorts. Look for a full program announcement in early September.

    Image: Bones of Crows, VIFF 2022

    Costume Designer Deboarh Lynn Scott on stage at VIFF 2022


    From creators and showrunners to directors, writers, producers, and craftspeople, VIFF Talks provide a treasure trove of inspiration for fellow creators, filmmakers, industry professionals, and, of course, fans of their work.

    Image: Avatar; The Way of Water. Costume Design Masterclass with Deborah Lynn Scott, VIFF 2022

    Nosferatu VIFF Live Event


    Pushing the boundaries of traditional film festival programming, intersecting cinema culture with music, comedy, podcasting and performance in unique, cinema-infused live shows.

    Image: Nosferatu 100 – A Symphony of Horror with live score by Big Kill, VIFF Live 2022


    VIFF Amp

    An exploration of the intersection of music and sound in visual media featuring an expertly curated summit and musical showcases, all of which are designed to develop skills and create connections that can excel a career in film and television.

    Image: K!MMORTAL performs at SOUNDOFF, VIFF Amp 2022

    Sanctuary: A Tale of Two Forests, Signals Exhibition image


    A unique interactive exhibition, Signals celebrates the creative power, playfulness, and storytelling potential of new technologies.

    Image: Sanctuary: A Tale of Two Forests Dome Project, VIFF 2022


    An exceptional opportunity for film and TV professionals at every level to hear directly from those setting the bar in the international and local industry today.

    Catalyst Mentorship Program

    A cohort-based facilitated mentorship program, Catalyst provides its participants with the tools and experiences they need to embolden their cinematic voices and bring their projects to the next level.


    In-depth, intimate conversations, workshops and case studies with celebrated filmmakers and local industry professionals.

    The Klabona Keepers film image, co-directors Tamo Campos and Jasper Snow-Rosen

    VIFF Ignite

    VIFF welcomes secondary students to experience exceptional international cinema. From stories of Indigenous activism to films that capture historic events, great world cinema challenges our perspectives, promotes inquiry, develops critical thinking skills, and ignites imaginations.

    Image: The Klabona Keepers, VIFF 2022

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