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Nayola film image, director José Miguel Ribeiro

Ignite: High School Program


Image: Nayola, VIFF 2022

Each year, VIFF welcomes hundreds of secondary students to experience exceptional international cinema at the festival. From stories of Indigenous activism to films that capture historic events as they’re unfolding, great world cinema challenges our perspectives, promotes inquiry, develops critical thinking skills, and ignites imaginations.

Be they set in the Philippines, Angola, Canada, or light years away on Mars, this year’s selected films present stories that connect youth with powerful forces and experiences shaping our contemporary world and identities.

In-Person and Online

All Ignite films will be screened in-cinema at Cineplex Odeon International Village with select titles also available to stream online on VIFF Connect.

Exclusive Dialogue with Filmmakers and Subject Experts

After most Ignite screenings, there will be a live Q&A with filmmakers or subject experts connected to the film, where students have the opportunity to ask questions about careers in filmmaking, what inspired them to tell this story, how the film was really made, and more.

Educational Film Resources & Curriculum Ties

Ignite films offer bold approaches to pressing social and environmental concerns and personal journeys, offering thought-provoking connections to subjects across the BC curriculum. Prior to the screenings, teachers will receive film resource guides. Written with the curriculum in mind, these guides are designed to open up in-depth exploration and facilitate discussion that connects the cinema and the classroom.