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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: 19 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

Overwhelmed by past mistakes, a young man returns home and finds solace in the strength of his recently widowed mother.

Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

Faye Farber, 85 years old, has a movie star attitude and whole lot of spirit. (This project was produced with Reel Youth mentors and the support of Revera.)

(Bihttoš)
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Shorts

An exploration of the complex relationship between a father and daughter, employing animation, re-enactments and archival photos.

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

Rebecca visits her hippie mother. They dance and it’s mortifying. Rebecca visits her rapper brother. They do drugs and it’s ecstatic.

Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

In Paul Gross’ film, ripped from the headlines, a sniper, who has never allowed himself to think of his targets as human, becomes implicated in the life of one of them. An intelligence officer, who has never contemplated killing, becomes the engine of a plot to kill. A legendary Mujahideen warrior, who had put war behind him, is now deeply involved. Three different men, three different worlds, three different conflicts, yet all stand at the intersection of modern warfare.

Drama, War & Espionage
Duration: 18 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

After a fateful confrontation during the Iran-Iraq War, two former enemies meet again by sheer chance in Vancouver.

Islamic World, VIFF Impact, War & Espionage
(Guibord, s'en va-t-en guerre)
Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) returns with an energetic, laugh-out-loud political comedy that couldn’t be more timely. Steve Guibord (Patrick Huard, brilliant) is an independent Quebec MP travelling to his northern riding with a new Haitian intern. Soon after finding themselves caught in the crossfire of activists, miners, truckers, politicians and Aboriginal groups, it turns out that Guibord somehow holds the decisive vote in a national debate that will decide whether Canada will go to war in the Middle East! The fabulous Suzanne Clément co-stars.

Aboriginal / First Nations, Comedy, Politics
Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

Think Pan’s Labyrinth meets Carnivale and you’ll still be unprepared for this astonishing debut from Done Four Productions and director Nicholas Humphries. In this Dust Bowl-era reimagining of The Little Mermaid, an amphibious siren (Katelyn Mager) falls prey to a nefarious benefactor (Game of Thrones’ Iwan Rheon) and ends up in a magical turf war. Sumptuous production design and sinister storytelling conjure a seductive fantasy world.

Crime, Family Relations, Fantasy, Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror
Duration: 44 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Episodic Stream

The one thing Josephine (“Jo”) Bradley believes about herself is that she’s a good cop. Suddenly, the body of Charles Xie, the reformed junkie son of a prominent billionaire, is found ritualistically buried. Charles’s case get assigned to Jo on one of the worst days of her life, following a cancer diagnosis and a difficult decision about treatment. Given this news, she is forced to put her personal issues aside when she goes head-to-head with the tyrannical and powerful patriarch, Li-Rong Xie.  Risking her career, Jo will tear the Xie family apart and reveal long held secrets in order to solve the murder of their youngest son.

Crime
Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

An “intertidal artist” ambitiously crafts a memorial out of the marine debris from the great East Japan earthquake and tsunami that washes ashore in Tofino.

Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

Over the course of two days, a lifeguard stationed at English Bay undergoes an existential crisis.

Duration: 81 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

More than four decades after Montreal’s infamous Sir George Williams Affair was sparked by allegations of faculty discrimination against black students, Ninth Floor reopens the file on a watershed moment in Canadian race-relations and one of the most contested episodes in the nation’s history. Making an audacious foray into nonfiction, writer and director Mina Shum (Double Happiness) engages the original protagonists in a compassionate cinematic exercise of reckoning and redemption.

History, Human Rights & Social Justice, Immigration, The Great Divide, VIFF Impact
Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 1987
Series:
Canadian Images
Animation
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: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Shorts

A tea-time get-together between old friends reveals the seedy indiscretions within the group.

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Sean Garrity (Lucid, Blood Pressure) returns with a distinctly Canadian comedic drama. An unemployed gambling addict drags his pot-smoking teenage daughter on a road trip to Churchill, Manitoba, in hopes of showing her the Northern Lights before a disorder renders her blind. With a bookie in pursuit, they’re forced to confront each other, their pasts and their respective loves for poker and weed. Starring Jonas Chernick, Emily Hampshire, Joey King and Kevin Pollak.

Drama, Family Relations, Health, Disabilities & Mortality
(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: 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

USA, Canada

Duration: 81 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Canada, 2015
Series:
Arts and Letters

“We’ve come this evening to bring you some joy, happiness, inspiration, and some pos-i-tive vi-brations,” Mavis Staples tells concertgoers at the opening of this irresistible portrait of the irrepressible gospel/soul legend—a vow the movie delivers on. The Staples Singers married gospel and delta blues in the 50s, sang Freedom songs for the civil rights movement in the 60s, and topped the charts with “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There” in the 70s. Interviewees include Bob Dylan and Jeff Tweedy but it’s Mavis’s huge voice that does the real talking.

Biography, Human Rights & Social Justice, Music & Arts

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