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

Believing that he’s been racially profiled, a young black man blows off steam. Then, things get personal.

Drama
(Mynarski chute mortelle)
Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

A fantastical, phantasmagoric retelling of the final moments of Winnipeg’s WWII legend Andrew Mynarski.

Animation, Experimental & Avant garde, Fantasy, War & Espionage
Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Daniel Grou (aka PODZ) directs this riveting ensemble film about interlocking lives. We have Xavier Dolan playing against type as a buttoned-down Jehovah’s Witness; Julien Poulin and Louise Turcot as casino employees with secrets; Robin Aubert as a high-powered man with gambling issues; Anne Dorval as his perpetually plastered wife and Gabriel Sabourin as a tortured drug mule. Wow.

Mystery
Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Jack (Paul Campbell) and Meagan (Alex Paxton-Beesley) have got it all. They’ve just bought a house, they’re thinking about a family and they have a close-knit circle of zany friends that love them. A few hookups, breakups and breakdowns later, the circle unravels and then regroups in this sharp-edged and libidinous comedy from writer-director Alex Pugsley.

Comedy, Romance, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

A chef who’s honed his talents in prison finds the outside world to be an unforgiving place.

Crime
Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

An intimate portrait of uncertainty and loss told through close details of hands and objects.

Experimental & Avant garde, Drama
Duration: 20 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

A full-time mother/part-time sex-worker goes missing on the Downtown Eastside during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Aboriginal / First Nations
Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

Carol (Arabella Bushnell) has a unique way of dealing with her frustrations with family, friends and co-workers: writing brutally honest songs (that frequently feature threats of violence) and leaving them on their voicemail. Carol’s creative catharsis has some immediate and unexpected consequences in this hilarious, offbeat comedy from writer-director Kris Elgstrand.

Comedy, Music & Dance
Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Altered States

When a series of grisly murders plague a low-rent film production, a former master-editor turned whipping boy becomes the prime suspect. Astron-6 (Manborg) film collective members Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy write, direct and star in this deranged, debauched ode to ’70s Italian giallo fare. Gore, gratuitous nudity and an inspired guest appearance by Udo Kier make for the perfect late night out.

Comedy, Fantasy, Filmmaking, Sci-fi & Horror, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Tormented by bedbugs, an ostracized woman learns an unexpected lesson about acceptance.

Comedy, Music & Dance
Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Altered States

After having this hand lopped off by a gangster he’s offended, a brash underground cartoonist watches the disembodied appendage return to life and become a reanimated avenging angel/defender of free speech. Deliriously irreverent, wantonly vulgar and perversely gory, Matt O’Mahoney’s splatter horror flick is one of the year’s most gonzo genre offerings and “signals an underground spirit thriving in Vancouver…”—Spectacular Optical

Comedy, Sci-fi & Horror
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

Ana Valine’s darkly comic drama centres on mother/daughter con artists who just can’t catch a break. Seen through the eyes of 16-year-old Sammie (Paloma Kwiatkowski)—who lives with her pill-popping, alcoholic mom Marlene (Suzanne Clément)—this bittersweet journey leads us through dysfunction, love and addiction, before culminating with an unusual deliverance for this compelling pair. Winner, Best Director, Leo Awards 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Crime, Family Relations, Women Directors
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

Writer-director Soran Mardookhi brings us the moving story of Sherzad (Kamal Yamolky) and his estranged young daughter, Jina. A former electrical engineer in Iraqi Kurdistan, he’s now trying to make a new life for himself in his adopted home of Canada. Jina (Camillia Mahal) numbs her harrowing childhood memories with drugs. But even among other misfits, she has a hard time fitting

in…

Human Rights, Immigration, War & Espionage, Women Directors
Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

Dilys is full of energy as she gives us an entertaining insight into life at 91, and shares her ambitious hopes for the future.

(La Bille Bleue)
Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

An African village is the stage for a story of oppression and hope.

War & Espionage
Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

A young boy falls in love in Victoria’s Chinatown and sparks a symphony in dynamite.

Comedy, Fantasy, History
(Sale Gueule)
Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

While posted at a remote lighthouse, a disfigured sailor is besieged by a strange storm.

Animation, Fantasy
Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

Ruba Nadda (Cairo Time) delivers layers of fear and distress with this taut psychological thriller. Helen (Patricia Clarkson) is a doctor mourning the recent death of her husband (Callum Keith Rennie) when Will (Scott Speedman) arrives at her cabin, badly injured by a gunshot. Clarkson’s performance is nuanced and compelling and you won’t soon forget Tim Roth as the relentless villain.

Crime, Romance, Action, Thrills & Suspense, Women Directors

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