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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: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

An isolated and disabled man yearns to experience intimacy in a world that would rather ignore him.

Disabilities, Queer Interest, Sex & Eroticism
(Feu de Bengale)
Duration: 11 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

With a foreign military force encroaching, an odd interrogation ensues.

Drama
Duration: 11 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

An ambitious drag racer’s dreams are undermined by the realities of his personal life.

Drama, Sport
Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Companionship can be a funny thing… Or a tragic thing… Or an unsettling thing… These short films tell the stories of characters who are tormented by affairs of the heart, hopelessly entangled with one another or left yearning for such complications (be they romantic or otherwise). Featured films: The Acting Teacher, Burnt Grass, Dead Hearts, Hard Card, Hole, Howard & Jean, Life’s a Bitch and Withering Heights

Animals, Comedy, Disabilities, Drama, Family Relations, Fantasy, Queer Interest, Romance, Sci-fi & Horror, Women Directors
Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Suzanne Crocker’s deeply personal documentary offers a poignant commentary on what today’s day-to-day digital existence has devolved into. A courageous family opts to simplify things considerably by moving to a wilderness cabin in the Yukon with no electricity, television, Internet or running water. There are no neighbours, either, which results in a very unique and touching celebration of Halloween.

Adventures Outdoors, Environment, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Canadian Images

A meek nine-year-old roams a post-industrial landscape in search of a feral cat.

Family Relations, Women Directors
Duration: 88 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

Jake Henson (Dakota Daulby) is a troubled teen haunted by the deaths of his parents—his father in a hunting accident and mother by suicide—who escapes an abusive uncle to reconnect with his older brother (Matthew MacCaull). In director Jason Bourque’s thriller, their reunion on an isolated island shows that blood may be thicker than water but it’s still blood. And it’s messy as hell.

Crime, Drama, Family Relations
Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

The inciting incidents in this riveting collection of inventive short films aren’t for the faint of heart or closed of mind. Industrial accidents, infestations and impending invasions set into motion reincarnation, revolution and musical numbers. Featured films: Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story, Bengal Light, Cutaway, The Hearing, Just Living, Kreb, Pour Retourner, Third Page from the Sun and What Doesn’t Kill You

Animation, Experimental & Avant garde, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Aboriginal / First Nations, Music & Dance, Romance, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Duration: 12 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Canadian Images

A lone school teacher fights off an entire motorcycle gang while chaperoning a middle-school dance.

Animation, Comedy
Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Late Additions

Acclaimed filmmaker Thomas Burstyn (This Way of Life) turns his inquisitive camera on his aunt and uncle: Yolanda Sonnabend, a London artist who resides in decaying splendor, and Joseph Sonnabend, an esteemed AIDS physician who’s returned to a house he hates and sister he can’t relate to. The enthralling result is a film about family relations, fractured sibling love, gender, art, science, diaspora and legacy—and the uncomfortable role of the filmmaker as voyeur, confidant, family.

Drama
Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

Born with albinism, Adam is ostracized in his Tanzanian village and violently assaulted by witch doctors who believe that his limbs possess mystic properties. A Canadian born with the same condition hears of Adam’s plight and takes action. “Harrowing and poignant… Vic Sarin’s [documentary], with its searing images, is both ode to human resilience and ingenuity, and indictment of human cruelty and stupidity.”—Globe and Mail

Disabilities, Human Rights, Religion, Spirituality & Myth
Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Academy Award-winning director John Zaritsky (Leave Them Laughing), a bit of an oddball himself, returns with an engaging, light-hearted look at eccentrics. From a desert hermit to Denman Street’s Duck Lady, we’re introduced to those who dare, or are driven, to be different. Eccentrics are healthier and happier, as we discover in this funny, touching and thought-provoking film.

Comedy
Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Maybe location isn’t quite everything in these short films but it’s certainly integral. A haunted lighthouse, eerie acoustics lab and sleepy prairie community are but some of the atmospheric environments that these compelling stories immerse us in. Featured films: Bison, Broken Face, Chamber Drama, Eclissi, Fallow, Lifers, Light and Sleeping Giant

Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family Relations, Fantasy, History, Immigration, Sci-fi & Horror, Women Directors
Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Three bullied teenagers discover an unexpected solution to their problems.

Fantasy, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

A variety of formative experiences are conveyed in this wildly diverse collection of short films that employ absurdist humour, affecting drama, cosmic flourishes and haunting surrealism to share with us the moments that will forever change these stories’ young protagonists. Featured films: 40 Candles, The Cut, Dorsal, Godhead, Petit Frère, Ship and Stray

Comedy, Drama, Family Relations, Fantasy, Women Directors
Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

Wild fish populations in BC have been declining since the late 70s, at about roughly the same time the open-net fish-farm industry began to grow fish in marine waters. Focusing on the research of biologist Alexandra Morton, filmmaker Scott Renyard links the crash of many fish species on Canada’s West coast to diseases spread from fish farms in this persuasive and urgent call to action.

Economics & Globalization, Environment, Food, Farm & Garden
Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Canadian Images

Learning the dark truth about his workplace, a factory worker revolts.

Animation
Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

It turns out that there’s a distinct difference between growing up and growing old.

Comedy, Family Relations, Women Directors
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

After a tragic death, a Lebanese immigrant struggles to arrange Islamic pre-burial rituals in his adopted home.

Drama, Religion, Spirituality & Myth, Women Directors

Canada, France, Germany

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,France,Germany, 2014
Series:
Special Presentations

Perverse and playful, David Cronenberg’s merciless satire takes dead aim at the Hollywood glitterati’s vanities, psychoses and foolish belief that the past can be rewritten. A powerhouse ensemble—John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson—brings Cronenberg’s glamourous grotesques to life. “Mulholland DriveSunset Boulevard and The Player wrapped up into one darkly comic, Gothic-tinged package.”—Screen. Winner, Best Actress (Julianne Moore), Cannes 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Comedy, Mystery

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