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Image: The Great Green Wall, VIFF 2019

The Power of Cinema

We believe in the importance of young people experiencing exceptional Canadian, Indigenous, and international cinema.

Films have the power to challenge our perspectives, confront our preconceptions, promote inquiry, develop critical thinking skills, and ignite imaginations. During the 2021 Vancouver International Film Festival, we welcomed 3,000 students from across the province to take part in online screenings, in-person screenings and exclusive Q&As.

Year after year we’ve seen new films that allow young people to see the world in new ways. We’ve also seen the power that stories on screen have in shaping our understanding of ourselves and others, and witnessed the profound impact that film has on secondary students when they either see their own realities reflected on the screen or gain a completely different perspective through a character’s unique journey.

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