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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: 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
Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

A portrait of DJ Rhiannon, a rising star and one of a handful of female DJs who’ve “made it” in an industry controlled by men.

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: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 1987
Series:
Canadian Images
Animation
(Dimanche)
Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2011
Series:
Canadian Images
Animation
Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

Would god-like powers have solved your childhood problems? This stop-motion memoir suggests that they certainly might’ve helped.

Duration: 75 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

VIFF favourite Charles Wilkinson (Oil Sands Karaoke) returns with a visually stunning paean to breathtaking Haida Gwaii and the spirited people who populate it. The natural beauty of this culturally rich archipelago has served as a backdrop for tragedies such as outbreaks of smallpox and the exploitation of natural resources. And yet, the Haida Nation remains undaunted, preparing for a showdown over the Northern Gateway pipeline and planning for a more sustainable future.

Aboriginal / First Nations, Environment, VIFF Impact
Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

In a world where women procreate asexually, male babies have become passé and an entire gender faces extinction… What’s a guy to do? Well, the youngest man alive (Patrick Gilmore), who toils as a housekeeper for a West Vancouver all-female family, is unaware that he’s about to become a key player in a battle for survival. Camera Shy’s Mark Sawers is at the height of his satirical powers with this wry speculative mockumentary.

Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror, Sex & Eroticism, Women’s Issues.
(Dimanche)
Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2000
Series:
Canadian Images
Animation
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.

(Entrevue avec un homme libre)
Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

Three men are interviewed for a job that might offer them a new start in life. Their answers grow increasingly revealing…

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they’ve transformed history? In Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis’ documentary, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer locked in a battle with the oil and gas industry. He may become one of this generation’s great leaders—if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him through the blending of the modern tools of law with ancient wisdom.

Aboriginal / First Nations, Environment, VIFF Impact, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

With a mesmerizing Michael Eklund starring as photographer Eadweard Muybridge, Kyle Rideout crafts a complex and compelling portrait of the man who’d be immortalized as both the godfather of cinema and the last American to receive a justifiable homicide verdict (for killing his wife’s lover). As fascinations distort into obsessions, Rideout skilfully employs techniques indebted to the infamous pioneer to convey Muybridge’s psychological unravelling.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Biography, Drama, History
Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2000
Series:
Canadian Images
Animation
Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

In this reinterpretation of the myth, Salome composes a piece of electroacoustic music centred on the sound of the male orgasm.

Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

An Indigenous artist’s graffiti comes to life, spawning an odd transformation while revealing the ravages of industrial violence.

Duration: 132 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

A fever dream within a dream, the latest transmission from celluloid fetishist Guy Maddin (assisted by young co-director Evan Johnson) is part campy, whacked out tribute to vintage Hollywood melodrama, part anguished crypto-confessional and all brilliant: a passionate, virtuoso pastiche that is also perversely original and sui generis. The perfect date movie for mad cinephiles! “[An] inventive, audacious, and outright hilarious tour de force whatzit.”—Cinema Scope

Experimental & Avant garde, Drama, Filmmaking, Hidden Pasts, Digital Furures
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2011
Series:
Canadian Images
Animation

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

UK, Canada

Duration: 88 mins
Country of Origin: UK,Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

In his compelling drama/documentary hybrid, Sasha Snow explores the complexities of Grant Hadwin, a logging engineer who chainsawed down a 300-year-old sacred tree on Haida Gwaii as a protest against rampant logging in the area. Inspired by John Vaillant’s Governor General’s Award-winning book, The Golden Spruce, Snow focusses on the more mysterious elements of Hadwin’s story and fate, crafting “[a] gorgeously photographed, compulsively watchable, sympathetic doc…”—Globe & Mail

Aboriginal / First Nations, Crime, Environment, Literary (inc. Adaptations), VIFF Impact

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