Donor Program

You may wonder why VIFF needs donations?

As a charitable cultural organization, VIFF relies on the generous philanthropic contributions of people like you who love film and are passionate about our city’s own Vancouver International Film Festival.

Your contribution helps make possible what makes VIFF special – exceptional films, expert curation, state-of-the-art projection and sound, warm hospitality, friendly, engaged audiences, and affordable ticket prices.

Like many not-for-profit arts organizations, however, VIFF faces rising costs for securing the best films, suitable theatre space, and keeping pace with rapidly advancing cinema projection technology.

Presently, ticket sales, memberships, concession sales, and venue rentals provide approximately 55% of our budget. All three levels of government come together to provide another 10%, in recognition of VIFF’s high-quality artistic programs, significant contributions to building community, and high economic impact for Vancouver businesses and British Columbia.

This leaves a funding gap of approximately 35%, which we must close every year in order to successfully deliver the quality, size and breadth of subject matter our audiences have come to love and expect from VIFF.

VIFF is very fortunate that corporate partners and sponsor contributions make up a significant portion of this funding gap. Increasingly however, in order to bridge the remaining funding gap and enable VIFF to grow and thrive, we look to our amazing audience, passionate film fans and film aficionados who come together to enjoy and celebrate films and related events at the film festival every fall, and year-round at our Vancouver International Film Centre + Vancity Theatre.

VIFF – A Vancouver cultural cornerstone and success story

We believe in VIFF’s staying power as a cornerstone of Vancouver’s cultural community and one of the most renowned and best-attended festivals on the annual calendar.

VIFF enlivens the fall season, and brings the best of Canadian and international cinema to Vancouver year-round at our Vancouver International Film Centre + Vancity Theatre. VIFF organizes audience engagement programs like director talkbacks, High School programs, Galas and special presentations for our growing community of supporters.

And we continue to champion and foster emerging talents, so they have a presence on the world stage, boosting careers and opportunities abroad and at home in Canada.

If you enjoy VIFF, during the annual fall film festival or at our year-round Vancity Theatre, please consider making a donation today to help VIFF grow and thrive.

Your contribution will help ensure the continued high quality and sustainability of our city’s signature Vancouver International Film Festival.

Your contribution, however large or small, is deeply appreciated. Thank you for your support.

Please contact our Development Office:


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