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

Finishing his late grandfather’s final model ship, a young boy drifts between surreal dreams and waking life.

Drama, Family Relations, Fantasy
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
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: 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: 87 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

This multi-narrative drama chronicles life in a small town in the Alberta badlands over the course of one year. As we’re introduced to a pregnant teenager, a hard-drinking musician, a reclusive taxidermist and an ambitious RCMP officer, the intertwining stories in director Kyle Thomas’ ambitious, eloquently executed film render a rich portrait; four circles of Drumheller, if you will.

Music & Dance
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: 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.

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

A young dishwasher contemplates the nightmarish prospect of making a life as a kitchen worker.

Disabilities
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: 2 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

Water fights can lead to dramatic outcomes.

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: 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
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: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

"Young people today are too often found in a space of social homelessness, where we are invisible in public discourse, and the value of our lived experience is reduced to teenage weirdness." A poetic statement of what youth need.

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

A boy follows his girlfriend to Hope, an ironically named town where his dreams die a slow death. However, his settled lifestyle is disrupted by a trip back to the city for a medical appointment, where he and a friend become stranded for 24 hours. René Brar tells the story of two troubled kids who never really grew up while examining the complex nature of relationships.

Drama, Romance
Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

Ruth (Sonja Bennett, who also penned the screenplay) fakes being pregnant to fit in with her child-rearing friends. This uproarious comedy from Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky) will have you cringing in between fits of uncontrollable laughter as Ruth’s web of lies becomes increasingly tangled. The road to acceptance has never been so baby-bumpy; you’ll be laughing until you birth. Sorry, burst.

Comedy
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
Duration: 1 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

What happens when love exists outside of the high school norm? (United Way Care to Change Video Competition winner.)

Canada, Indonesia

Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,Indonesia, 2013
Series:
The Great Divide

Canada’s Daniel Ziv has made the most successful documentary in Indonesian history. Shining a light on urban poverty, it’s also made stars of three inspirational Jakarta street musicians whose talent is only rivalled by their resourcefulness. Life is hard for these troubadours but commitment and passion always have a fighting chance. "Stunningly vivid and full of energy…”—Tempo Magazine. Winner, Best Documentary, Busan 2013.

Economics & Globalization, Human Rights, The Great Divide, Music & Dance

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