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Film still of Kiri And The Girl

Our Values

Image: Kiri and the Girl, VIFF 2021

VIFF produces screenings, talks and events as a catalyst for a diverse community to discover, discuss and share the creativity and craft of storytelling on screen.

We value unique vision, curiosity and inclusiveness. We value supporting our diverse community of local creators, welcoming international guests and engaging audiences near and far. We value showcasing films and voices of filmmakers from marginalized backgrounds and the transformative power of the cinematic experience.

Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

VIFF recognizes that diversity reflects the society we serve, and as such, it is our goal to ensure our programming, and our organization mirrors our community.

One of VIFF’s core mandates is to “encourage understanding of the world’s cultures through the art of cinema.” VIFF seeks programming that encourages our members and community to express themselves, their cultural perspectives, and their sense of being, through the shared experience of the moving image.

VIFF will make every effort to identify and remove barriers to inclusion as well as create an inclusive approach in all our operations.

VIFF believes in treating all people with respect, dignity, and fairness and welcomes individuals, organizations and communities of all backgrounds including of any race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, ability, neurodivergence, citizenship, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, same-sex partnership, age, marital status, family status, immigration status, receipt of public assistance, history of mental health issues, health status, political affiliation, learning difference, level of literacy, accent, first language, body type, physical appearance and abilities, stature or socio-economic status.

VIFF is not complacent about its progress to date and recognizes that there is more work to be done to achieve diversity in all its activities.