Award Opportunities

One of the most effective ways to recognize a particularly wonderful film and help boost the career of emerging filmmaking talent is through supporting VIFF’s annual Prizes & Awards Program.

Some donors choose to fund filmmaker prizes or awards on a year-to-year basis with an annual gift of $2,000 to $25,000, depending on the prize category and cash award.

An initial commitment of at least three years is requested, after which the award can be renewed one year at a time.

VIFF looks to recognize established and emerging filmmakers in several key categories:

  • International Film – Directorial Debut
  • Canadian Film – First Feature
  • New Cinemas of East Asia
  • Documentaries and Non-fiction Feature Films
  • Environmental Films
  • Short Film – Canadian and International
  • Audience Choice in multiple categories

To learn more about VIFF Prizes & Awards Program:

Please contact our Development Office:


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