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Image: RZA: Live From The 36th Chamber, VIFF 2018

VIFF Live is a series of live performances that push the boundaries of traditional film festival programming, intersecting cinema culture with music, comedy, podcasting, and performance in unique, cinema-infused live shows.

Witness the boundaries of what we commonly call cinema lovingly teased and toyed with at VIFF Live 2023. The spotlighted works and artists embrace a dizzying range of aesthetic and subject matter concerns. For many creators, the monocle ‘filmmaker’ or ‘image maker’ is the farthest from their sense of creative identity. Here, unfettered play is the goal. And play they do!

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VIFF Live 2023 is for you the audience. Very much a live — together in the same room — moment. You’ll witness the interplay of image, voice, spoken and recorded text, narrative, sound and scored music, theatrical lighting, and headphones. All to bring about an experiential rediscovery of the moving image — in full dance, mind you, with a host of new partners. Enjoy the experience!
Norman Armour, VIFF Guest Live Curator

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Featured Performances

The Ironworks Series

New to the Festival for 2023, The Ironworks Series invites four established resident artists to perform their innovative works in the exploratory and experimental framework of the iconic Ironworks venue, in Gastown. Don’t miss this remarkable series of boundary-defying performances which will dissolve the space between artist and audience.

Past VIFF Live Events

Michael Abels with live orchestra

An Evening with Michael Abels, VIFF 2022

Nosferatu live performance

NOSFERATU 100 by BIG KILL: A Symphony of Horror, VIFF 2022

Beverly Glenn Copeland performing

Beverly Glenn-Copeland, online performance, VIFF 2020

Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin Plays Deep Red Live, VIFF 2019

On Cinema at the Cinema Live!, VIFF 2019

This is Spinal Tap: Anniversary Live Score, VIFF 2019

Song Exploder Live with Chuck D, VIFF 2019

Feminist Live Reads Some Like It Hot, VIFF 2019

RZA on stage at VIFF

RZA: Live From The 36th Chamber, VIFF 2018