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

U18 May Attend

Image: The Klabona Keepers, VIFF 2022

From stories of youth exploring identity to films that capture historical moments and reveal previously untold stories, great cinema can inspire, educate and engage.

Most films at VIFF are not rated, so youth under 18 may not attend. However, every year we rate a selection of excellent films for young cinema fans to experience and enjoy.

If you are a High School student or teacher, check out the VIFF High School program where we offer discounts and study kits for high school groups.

 

Note: Not all screenings of each film will be open to youth. Please see individual film pages for more details.

 

 

Features

Black Ice
Black Ice film image, director Hubert Davis

Black Ice

Award Winners Documentary

This sweeping dissection of systemic racism in Canadian hockey culture documents the personal stories of Black hockey players dealing with racism from fans, coaches, other players, and the institutional pressure to remain silent about their mistreatment.

Vancouver Playhouse International Village 9
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
Brother
Brother film image, director Clement Virgo, based on the novel by David Chariandy

Brother

Drama

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.

Vancouver Playhouse The Rio Theatre
Ever Deadly
Ever Deadly film image, co-directors Tanya Tagaq and Chelsea McMullan

Ever Deadly

Art, Music & Photography Documentary Women Directors

Ever Deadly is an intimate portrait of the acclaimed Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq, combining exceptional performance recordings with interviews, verité camerawork, archival material, and hand-drawn animation.

SFU Woodwards
Good Night Oppy
Good Night Oppy film image, director Ryan White

Good Night Oppy

Documentary

Sent on a mission to Mars with a life expectancy of 90 days, the exploration rover Opportunity instead lived for 15 years. With incredible interviews and awe-inspiring re-creations, this documentary doubles as an open-hearted, intergalactic underdog tale.

SFU Woodwards

The Grizzlie Truth

Documentary Women Directors

Kathleen S. Jayme (Finding Big Country) is out to solve a true sports crime: who robbed us of the Vancouver Grizzlies? Jayme revisits the short history of those bad luck bears, connecting the dots and reconnecting with the Grizzlies heroes and villains.

Centre for Performing Arts
Harvest Moon
Harvest Moon film image, director Amarsaikhan Baljinnyam

Harvest Moon

Comedy Drama

A delightfully tender drama following a man returning to his native village to tie up loose family ends, where he strikes up an unlikely friendship with a 10-year-old orphan boy determined to claim his place in the vast Mongolian grasslands.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre The Cinematheque

The Klabona Keepers

Documentary Human Rights & Social Justice

The Klabona Keepers is a fierce account of the Tahltan Nation's struggle to protect the Klabona Sacred Headwaters from commercial mining. Interspersing verité cinematography with interviews, the film documents the tactics used by the land defenders.

Vancouver Playhouse International Village 10

Moja Vesna

Drama Women Directors

Ten-year-old Moja has her hands full taking care of her pregnant sister Vesna and their grief-stricken father, all reeling from the sudden loss of their mother. A stirring debut by Cannes Cinéfondation alumna Sara Kern.

International Village 8
Nayola
Nayola film image, director José Miguel Ribeiro

Nayola

Animation Drama Human Rights & Social Justice

Yara, a politically censored rap artist in Angola, is on the run from the police. An encounter with an intruder brings the scars of the past into stark relief. Dreams, reality, myth, past, and present fluidly intertwine in this stunning animated feature.

International Village 9

OKAY! (The ASD Band Film)

Art, Music & Photography Award Winners Documentary

Filled with infectious melodies and catchy earworms, Okay! (The ASD Band Film) chronicles the band preparing to record their first album of original songs and play their first live show, while exploring their experience of being autistic.

International Village 9 International Village 10

Rebellion

Documentary Human Rights & Social Justice Women Directors

This candid observational documentary gives us the inside story on the rise of Extinction Rebellion, the environmental protest movement which injected new urgency into climate activism. An empowering testament to the inspiring impact of direct action.

SFU Woodwards International Village 10

Reel Youth Film Festival

Shorts

The Reel Youth Film Festival is a diverse collection of short films from emerging filmmakers around the world. Chosen by an international youth jury from 1300+ global submissions, the RYFF will show you the world through the eyes of its talented youth.

International Village 8

Rosie

Drama LGBTQIA2S+ Women Directors

Set in 1980s Montréal, Rosie is a love letter to misfits and found families. When an English-speaking Indigenous orphan is deposited at the doorstep of her Francophone aunt, they must learn to find beauty and magic amidst their trying circumstances.

International Village 10

Unarchived

Documentary Women Directors

In this zippy doc, we learn about a new way of representing the past, and meet community curators and archivists from across BC whose mission is to share the secret, neglected, and untold histories of this place we only think we know.

SFU Woodwards International Village 10
VIFF Short Forum: Program 1
From Chile to Canada film image

VIFF Short Forum: Program 1

Shorts

What kind of alchemy occurs to transform hardship into fortune? Here, the extraordinary burn brightly.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
VIFF Short Forum: Program 2
Patty Vs. Patty film image

VIFF Short Forum: Program 2

Shorts

Fear, doubt, and loneliness give way to pleasure, empowerment, and reclamation—or, is it the other way around?

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
VIFF Short Forum: Program 3
Horse Brothers film image

VIFF Short Forum: Program 3

Shorts

The camera eye knows no bounds in these stories that push the limits of gravity and grace.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
VIFF Short Forum: Program 4
Late Summer film image

VIFF Short Forum: Program 4

Shorts

Bouncing through nostalgic aesthetics and genre storytelling, a contemporary point of view comes into focus.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
VIFF Short Forum: Program 5
Heartbeat of a Nation film image

VIFF Short Forum: Program 5

Shorts

Growing up is hard to do, often harder as we get older.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
VIFF Short Forum: Program 6
N'xaxaitkw film image

VIFF Short Forum: Program 6

Shorts

Cinematic form is given to life’s big mysteries: luck and fate, love and loss, and the spiritual supernatural.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

When Time Got Louder

Drama LGBTQIA2S+ Women Directors

Leaving home for university, Abbie (Willow Shields) thrives and experiences self-actualization. However, she’s tormented by the knowledge that her brother Kayden (Jonathan Simao), who has autism and is non-verbal, is reeling in her absence.

Vancouver Playhouse SFU Woodwards

Live Events

An Evening with Michael Abels

An Evening with Michael Abels

Join two-time Emmy-nominated composer Michael Abels for an intimate evening of insight, creativity, and performances of his music, featuring the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, John Littlejohn and Tiffany Townsend.

Vancouver Playhouse
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