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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: 95 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

A selection of short films in which characters are tormented by mixed-up emotions as they’re beset by grief, insecurities, identity issues and outright existential crises. These are the ways they get by.

Duration: 71 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Phyllis Ellis’ documentary is equal parts mystery, history and adventure. Algoma’s tangled wilderness and Lake Superior’s expansive North Shore inspired The Group of Seven in their formative years - young artists searching to articulate the Canadian landscape. Now, three modern-day adventurers canoe across lakes, bushwhack through untamed forests and scale cliffs to seek out the vistas that inspired these artists. Seeing the iconic paintings side by side with the astonishing locations that inspired them is a reminder of art’s power and this land’s majestic beauty.

Fine Arts or Theatre, History
(Chienne de vie)
Duration: 67 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Hélène Choquette’s documentary examines the symbiotic relationships that form between homeless people and their faithful canine companions. On the sometimes mean streets of Montréal and Toronto, the dogs and their owners offer one another company, protection and unconditional love. This remarkably candid film provides genuine insight into the homeless experience from an unusual angle, inspiring newfound compassion and understanding.

Animals, The Great Divide, VIFF Impact
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2011
Series:
Canadian Images
Animation
Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

A compendium of short films that inventively explore the chaotic streets, sleepy suburbs, abandoned ghost towns, untamed wilds and repositories of curiosities that dot our country’s landscape.

Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Guy Édoin brings us the engaging story of an internationally famous French/Italian actress (Monica Bellucci) who arrives in in Montreal to shoot a movie and reconnect with her university-aged son (Alyosha Schneider). Their fates collide with those of a nurse (Pascale Bussières) and paramedic (Patrick Hivon) during a disturbing event in Ville-Marie Hospital’s emergency room.

Drama, Family Relations, Queer Interest
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

A lyrical study of an all-but-abandoned company town that withered and died the moment its resources had been plundered.

Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 1985
Series:
Canadian Images
Animation
Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

An anthology of short films set to swirling melodies and entrancing rhythms that establish a compelling tone, as characters struggle for acceptance, are subjected to scrutiny (oftentimes their own) and experiment with identity.

Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Shorts

The life story of a First Nations sex worker is conveyed via a ragged daytime dance through Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Shorts

Maurice made a list: pick a date, retire, sell the car, see old friends and empty the garage. Then, die with dignity.

Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

After having seen his estranged uncle on the bus for the first time in years, Eric weighs the merits and risks of reaching out.

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

The latest involving documentary from Chelsea McMullan (My Prairie Home) exemplifies excellent storytelling and artful execution. When two Canadian siblings travel to Thailand to find out what really happened to their murdered father, they discover that he fled Canada due to his involvement with a biker gang, only to land in deeper corruption in Thailand and the Philippines. Furthermore, he has two kids in Thailand with the same names as them. McMullan creates a creepy and subtly condemning portrait of foreigners doing very bad things.

Crime, Family Relations
Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 1997
Series:
Canadian Images
Animation
Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Altered States

Painted in a vibrant neon palette reminiscent of Drive, Hogtown threatens to become a slaughterhouse in Gabriel Carrer’s stylistically bold, psychologically complex revenge film. After a gang assault leaves his policewoman wife (Tianna Nori) seriously injured, Bruce (Ry Barrett) dons a S.W.A.T. uniform and patrols the streets, intent on taking his pound of flesh. Despite carrying himself like a clenched fist, his grip on reality is slipping and he begins stalking an innocent woman (Jessica Vano). “[It] lives up to its title in its brutal intensity…”—Hollywood Reporter

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.

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
(Bleu Tonnerre)
Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Shorts

Directionless and homeless after a breakup, a sawmill worker pulls out his wrestling unitard and climbs back into the ring.

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

Canada, France

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,France, 2015
Series:
Nonfiction Features

In recent years, Su Rynard noticed that birds she used to see—grosbeaks, flycatchers, barn swallows—were nowhere to be found. Indeed, songbirds are rapidly disappearing and their absence is a message to us all. Humans share an ageless bond with birds and their songs: in ancient times, we looked to bird’s flight patterns and listened to their melodies to predict the future. Today, the birds once again have something to tell us. "The Messenger hums with the kind of restless energy that’s all too rare for an eco-doc."—POV Magazine

Animals, Environment, VIFF Impact

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