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Use our search function below to sort the films by their English title, the names of directors, or their country of origin. Films can also be filtered by series, genre, or Vancouver International Film Festival venue. You can also browse by film series by visiting our Browse By Series page.

The majority of films in the Vancouver International Film Festival are unrated and you must be 18 and purchase a $2 VIFF membership to attend a screening. However, a selection of films are open to all ages.

Before you make your purchase, please note The Rio is 19+ exclusively with the exception of the rated High School Screenings at this venue.

Canada

Duration: 81 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

More than four decades after Montreal’s infamous Sir George Williams Affair was sparked by allegations of faculty discrimination against black students, Ninth Floor reopens the file on a watershed moment in Canadian race-relations and one of the most contested episodes in the nation’s history. Making an audacious foray into nonfiction, writer and director Mina Shum (Double Happiness) engages the original protagonists in a compassionate cinematic exercise of reckoning and redemption.

History, Human Rights & Social Justice, Immigration, The Great Divide, VIFF Impact
Duration: 18 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

After a fateful confrontation during the Iran-Iraq War, two former enemies meet again by sheer chance in Vancouver.

Islamic World, VIFF Impact, War & Espionage
Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

A compilation of short films that delve into the relationships we’re born into, the bonds we fashion for ourselves and how our perceptions of kin can be altered, be it over time or in one critical instant.

(Sonámbulo)
Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

A surrealist journey, inspired by poetry and set to Balkan beats, that evokes fantastic dreams and passionate nights.

Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

In 1985, Steve Fonyo ran his “Journey For Lives” marathon, covering almost 8,000km of Canada and raising $14 million for cancer research. He was subsequently named an Officer of the Order of Canada, becoming the youngest person to ever receive that honour. Then things began to fall apart. He repeatedly ran afoul of the law and was convicted of various crimes. His Order of Canada was revoked. Refreshingly, Alan Zweig (15 Reasons to Live) tells the story of Fonyo’s downfall with great sensitivity—and without ever lapsing into sentimentality.

Biography, Crime, Disabilities, Health, Disabilities & Mortality, History
Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

After his terminally ill daughter (Olivia Martin) claims to have had a past life as an astronaut, a Christian teacher (Charlie Carrick) experiences a profound crisis of faith. Obsessively seeking answers, he risks his marriage and his remaining days with his child to determine whether she’s lived before… and might live again. Reflective and provocative, Connor Gaston’s debut is one of the year’s most unique Canadian features.

Family Relations, Health, Disabilities & Mortality, Mystery, Religion, Spirituality & Myth, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Shorts

A humorous spectacle reveals the fallacy of the selfie while restoring the humanity of the stripped-down “calendar girl.”

Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

The only thing standing between Micky and her first orgasm are some misguided ideas about healthy female sexuality.

Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

Joshua’s dull afternoon is upended when his volatile older brother shepherds him through the countryside in search of adventure.

Duration: 20 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

A missing cat observes fleeting moments of human life in a suburban neighbourhood before taking up with a woman nearing her end.

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Sean Garrity (Lucid, Blood Pressure) returns with a distinctly Canadian comedic drama. An unemployed gambling addict drags his pot-smoking teenage daughter on a road trip to Churchill, Manitoba, in hopes of showing her the Northern Lights before a disorder renders her blind. With a bookie in pursuit, they’re forced to confront each other, their pasts and their respective loves for poker and weed. Starring Jonas Chernick, Emily Hampshire, Joey King and Kevin Pollak.

Drama, Family Relations, Health, Disabilities & Mortality
Duration: 51 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Alex Williams’ film illuminates a shocking time when Canada embraced racial segregation, wilfully and illegally denying Indigenous peoples the basic freedom to leave their reserves and jailing them when they did so without a pass. Cree, Soto, Dene, Ojibwe and Blackfoot elders tell their stories of living under—and resisting—this system. Likewise, they link their experiences to the current state of affairs. Acclaimed Cree actor and activist Tantoo Cardinal narrates this investigation into a little-known aspect of our history.

Aboriginal / First Nations, History, Human Rights & Social Justice, VIFF Impact
Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

Think Pan’s Labyrinth meets Carnivale and you’ll still be unprepared for this astonishing debut from Done Four Productions and director Nicholas Humphries. In this Dust Bowl-era reimagining of The Little Mermaid, an amphibious siren (Katelyn Mager) falls prey to a nefarious benefactor (Game of Thrones’ Iwan Rheon) and ends up in a magical turf war. Sumptuous production design and sinister storytelling conjure a seductive fantasy world.

Crime, Family Relations, Fantasy, Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror
Duration: 20 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

While housesitting for the parents of a friend who committed suicide, Beckett finds the world reflecting his inner turmoil.

(Le Bruit des arbres)
Duration: 77 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

François Péloquin’s debut is a subtle and charming coming-of-age story. Jérémie (It’s Not Me, I Swear!’s Antoine L’Écuyer) dreams of a very different life from the one awaiting him at the family sawmill (presided over by Roy Dupuis). However, his crazy joyride comes to an end when a fateful mistake shatters his fragile world. Péloquin drafts an impressive chronicle of one teenager’s summertime crucible. “Affecting and beautifully shot.”—Hollywood Reporter

Drama, Family Relations
Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Sophie Deraspe’s investigative documentary is the latest reminder to be skeptical of everyone you encounter online. Deraspe tells the cautionary tale of the infamous Gay Girl in Damascus Internet hoax. A blog that purported to be a boots-on-the-ground look at life as an out lesbian in fractious Syria turned out to be something else entirely. "What begins as an account of an online affair gradually morphs into a commentary on identity in the Information Age. [A] slippery, deftly woven narrative…"—Variety

Queer Interest, Sex & Eroticism
(Le Coeur de Madame Sabali)
Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

When her boyfriend stops making love with her, Jeannette (Marie Brassard) begins an affair with a young co-worker (Francis La Haye). Alas, it turns out that her heart problems are physical as well as metaphorical. When Jeannette inherits the heart of a deceased Malian woman, she’s stalked by the donor’s son (Youssef Camara) who’s convinced that she’s the reincarnation of his late mother… Ryan McKenna’s stylized and nuanced film is sure to delight.

Comedy, Drama, Health, Disabilities & Mortality, Women’s Issues.
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Andrew Cividino’s remarkable debut is a story of friendship, confusion, betrayal and peer pressure. Fourteen-year-old Adam is enduring a dull summer in a small Lake Superior beach community when he meets local boys Foster and Rizzo. “The cast and filmmakers illuminate not just the wit and charm of young men, but also the callow cruelty of youth, driven by a killer combination of naïve idealism, solipsism, poor self-esteem and raging hormones.”—Hollywood Reporter

Family Relations, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Two siblings endure the impact a residential school has on their relationship with themselves, one another and nature itself.

Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

Over the course of two days, a lifeguard stationed at English Bay undergoes an existential crisis.

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