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The world’s leading creators share expertise on their craft.

From creators and showrunners to directors, writers, producers, and craftspeople, VIFF Talks draw from a finely curated group of key creatives. Whether they’re responsible for critically acclaimed films or groundbreaking TV series, they provide a treasure trove of information and inspiration for fellow creators, filmmakers, industry professionals, and, of course, fans of their work.

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An Evening with

Michael Abels
Nope, Get Out, Us

Two-time Emmy-nominated composer Michael Abels is known for his genre-defying scores for the Jordan Peele films Get Out, Nope, and Us, for which Abels won a World Soundtrack Award, the Jerry Goldsmith Award, a Critics Choice nomination, and multiple critics awards. Join us for an intimate evening of insight, creativity, and performances of Abels’ music, featuring the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Oct 6, 7:00-8:30 pm, Vancouver Playhouse

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Marcel the Shell film image + Dean Fleischer Camp headshot

Dean Fleischer Camp talks:

Marcel the Shell With Shoes On

In 2010, Dean Fleischer Camp, an award-winning filmmaker and New York Times bestselling author, along with Jenny Slate, created a short film about Marcel, an endearingly cheerful talking shell with one eye and little shoes. The little character became a viral hit, leading to a feature adaptation produced by A24. We’re excited to hear Fleischer Camp share his singular process about creating a feature film that combines elements of narrative, documentary feature, improvisation, and two forms of animation.

Oct 7, 1:00-2:00 pm, VIFF Connect Livestream

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Brother film image + Clement Virgo headshot

In Conversation with

Clement Virgo

Director, Brother

Acclaimed director-writer Clement Virgo is one of Canada’s foremost film directors. His numerous TV credits include Empire, The Wire, The L Word, and CBC’s record-breaking The Book of Negroes, which he directed and co-wrote.

Join us for a unique conversation and get new insights into his highly anticipated film, Brother, a VIFF 2022 Showcase selection. The talk is moderated by his fellow Canadian Film Centre graduate, Vancouver-based director Mina Shum.

Oct 2, 6:00-7:00 pm, Annex Theatre

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Avatar: Way of Water film image + Deborah L. Scott headshot

In Conversation with

Deborah L. Scott

Costume Designer, Avatar, Avatar: Way of WaterTitanic & more

Best known for her work in James Cameron’s record-breaking blockbuster Titanic, which won her the Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Deborah Lynn Scott has over 50 credits for her work, which includes the iconic films Back to the Future, Minority Report, and Transformers.

Join us for a fascinating conversation about Scott’s process: designing costumes for action movies versus period pieces, the importance of research, and the creative collaboration required to pull off a director’s vision.

Oct 3, 7:00-8:00 pm, Annex Theatre

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Don't Worry Darling film image + Katie Byron headshot

In Conversation with

Katie Byron

Production Designer, Don’t Worry Darling

Production designer Katie Byron recently reunited with director Olivia Wilde on one of the most anticipated films of 2022, Don’t Worry Darling, where she created a glamorous look for a 1950s experimental, utopian suburban community.

Come hear about Byron’s collaborations, working with directors, and designing the perfect look, feel, and shape of a utopian realm.

Oct 5, 7:00-8:00 pm, Annex Theatre

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See What Else is Happening at VIFF 2022

Nosferatu 100 by BIG KILL: A Symphony of Horror
Nosferatu film image

Nosferatu 100 by BIG KILL: A Symphony of Horror

Destructive pop duo BIG KILL resurrects F.W. Murnau's masterpiece Nosferatu in the gothic setting of St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church for a spellbinding night of hyperpop frenzy.

St. Andrews Wesley United Church
Brother film image, director Clement Virgo, based on the novel by David Chariandy



Against the backdrop of suburban Scarborough, two brothers strive to justify their mother’s sacrifices and realise their own ambitions. However, fate has other plans. An elegant and authoritative exploration of both violence and the healing process.

The Rio Theatre
Bones of Crows
Bones of Crows film image, director Marie Clements

Bones of Crows

Human Rights & Social Justice Women Directors

Vancouver-born Dene/Métis writer-director Marie Clements lays out a hard history of Indigenous resilience in this urgent, harrowing epic, spanning most of the 20th century; the story of a Cree woman from childhood, through residential school, WWII, and beyond.

Centre for Performing Arts