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Nonfiction Features

Physicist turned filmmaker Mark Levinson takes us behind the scenes during one of modern science’s most epochal events—the launch of the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva. Following six scientists, Levinson—aided by master editor Walter Murch—crafts a celebration of discovery while revealing the very human stories behind this epic machine.

Science & Technology
Canadian Images

As the battle lines form around what may be the most explosive environmental debate in Canadian history, this charged documentary offers a sober, realistic look at why so many people see the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project as an existential threat to the places that sustain them.

Economics & Globalization, Environment
Cinema of Our Time

A young woman is brought to the main square of a small town in modern day Iran to be hanged for adultery. Horrified, the townspeople look away. She begs for help and, at the last minute, her appeal seem to be answered by young man. Inspired by a true story.

Drama, Islamic World, Women Directors

USA, Cuba

(Viva Cuba libre)
Arts and Letters

Refused airplay, the nevertheless very popular Cuban protest rappers Los Aldeanos soldier on, playing secret shows island wide. Jesse Acevedo’s vital documentary offers incredible insight into Cuba now and is a testament to the power of both guerrilla filmmaking and underground music. Winner, Audience Award, Miami 2013.

Audience Award Winners, Human Rights, Music & Dance, Under 18 May Attend, Revolution & Empowerment

Various, Various Countries

International Shorts

Though not classic two-handers in the theatrical sense, this program of shorts shares the same essential elements as its stage cousins. The relationship between two characters told with tight, well-crafted dialogue, top-notch acting, directing and some very original scenarios, these films demonstrate that this is all you need to create a very dynamic experience.

Fine Arts & Theatre, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
International Shorts

Whether it’s trying to cope with addiction, divorce, unemployment, familial responsibilities, impotence, strange mutations, the scars from abuse or a deathbed goodbye, there are crises afoot in this entertaining and enlightening program of short films. This is an emotional roller coaster that’s well worth the ride!

Experimental & Avant Garde, Comedy, Drama, Family Relations
International Shorts

It’s a tough life for teens, trying to find their way in the world while their parents usually can’t relate to their realities. This revealing and sometimes inspiring program of short films shows us teens facing critical choices, trying to fit in and/or following their dreams and desires. These films will be classified so that those under 18 may attend.

Animation, Drama, Under 18 May Attend
International Shorts

A state of tortured inebriation, a state of consciousness, a state of history, a state that transcends time, a state of mysticism, a state of enlightenment, a state of revolution. This eclectic shorts program will entertain, educate and shock you as it explores these many states that coexist both within and outside our conventional realities.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Family Relations, History, Revolution & Empowerment
International Shorts

Once again, VIFF partners with The Reel Youth Film Festival to showcase a collection of incredibly diverse youth-made shorts. They are deeply honest, disarmingly beautiful and sometimes just plain hilarious. Chosen by a youth selection panel from hundreds of international submissions, this collection will show you the world through the eyes of the next generation of filmmakers.

Under 18 May Attend
International Shorts

Though not classic two-handers in the theatrical sense, this program of shorts shares the same essential elements as its stage cousins. The relationship between two characters told with tight, well-crafted dialogue, top-notch acting, directing and some very original scenarios, these films demonstrate that this is all you need to create a very dynamic experience.

Fine Arts & Theatre, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
International Shorts

Whether it’s trying to cope with addiction, divorce, unemployment, familial responsibilities, impotence, strange mutations, the scars from abuse or a deathbed goodbye, there are crises afoot in this entertaining and enlightening program of short films. This is an emotional roller coaster that’s well worth the ride!

Experimental & Avant Garde, Comedy, Drama, Family Relations
International Shorts

It’s a tough life for teens, trying to find their way in the world while their parents usually can’t relate to their realities. This revealing and sometimes inspiring program of short films shows us teens facing critical choices, trying to fit in and/or following their dreams and desires. These films will be classified so that those under 18 may attend.

Animation, Drama, Under 18 May Attend
International Shorts

A state of tortured inebriation, a state of consciousness, a state of history, a state that transcends time, a state of mysticism, a state of enlightenment, a state of revolution. This eclectic shorts program will entertain, educate and shock you as it explores these many states that coexist both within and outside our conventional realities.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Family Relations, History, Revolution & Empowerment
International Shorts

Once again, VIFF partners with The Reel Youth Film Festival to showcase a collection of incredibly diverse youth-made shorts. They are deeply honest, disarmingly beautiful and sometimes just plain hilarious. Chosen by a youth selection panel from hundreds of international submissions, this collection will show you the world through the eyes of the next generation of filmmakers.

Under 18 May Attend

Various Countries

A collection of some of the best International and Canadian short films from the 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival selected by programmers Sandy Gow and Curtis Woloschuk. The selections will be finalized and available Wednesday, October 9 afternoon.

Venezuela

(Brecha en el silencio)
Cinema of Our Time

Born deaf and mute, and exploited by her parents, 19-year-old Ana resolves to save her siblings from suffering similar indignities. Former social workers Andrés and Luis Rodríguez ensure that the hard-won victories in their visually spectacular debut ring true and resonate deeply. Winner, Best First Film, Best Actress, Cairo 2013.

Drama, Family Relations, Health (Mental & Physical), Human Rights

Vietnam

International Shorts

Meet two Black H’Mong girls from N. Vietnam.

International Shorts

One clumsy action leads to a whimsical, romantic adventure.

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