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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

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Sep 27 09:15 pm
Oct 04 04:00 pm

An Alberta farm town wishes to be frozen in time, much like the taxidermied gophers in its lone tourist attraction.

Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

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Sep 30 09:15 pm
Oct 07 04:30 pm

Accompanying teen brothers in their daily routine of complicity and intimidation, Star tackles themes of identity and friendship.

Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Altered States

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Oct 05 04:00 pm
Oct 09 06:30 pm

Painted in a vibrant neon palette reminiscent of Drive, Hogtown threatens to become a slaughterhouse in Gabriel Carrer’s stylistically bold, psychologically complex revenge film. After a gang assault leaves his policewoman wife seriously injured, Bruce (Ry Barrett) dons a S.W.A.T. uniform and patrols the streets, intent on taking his pound of flesh. Despite carrying himself like a clenched fist, his grip on reality is slipping and he begins stalking an innocent woman (Jessica Vano). “[It] lives up to its title in its brutal intensity…”—Hollywood Reporter

Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

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Sep 29 06:15 pm
Oct 03 04:00 pm

Arriving in Story, Arkansas (pop. 89), Joni and Wes realize they’re not in L.A. anymore. There to settle their estranged father’s estate, they’ve arrived on Decoration Weekend, when locals celebrate their dearly departed. As a clearer picture of their father emerges, decisions become less obvious. This affecting dramedy from Nicolas Citton (That Burning Feeling’s screenwriter) is a bittersweet celebration of community and family.

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

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Sep 29 09:30 pm
Oct 06 05:30 pm

In this poetic home movie, an unrelated family of four eccentrics are connected by themes of loneliness and isolation.

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
BC Spotlight

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Oct 02 01:30 pm
Oct 05 08:45 pm

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

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Oct 01 12:30 pm
Oct 04 09:00 pm

These days, you don’t need to be on TV to find fame and fortune as a musician.

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

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Sep 29 09:00 pm
Oct 03 01:30 pm
Oct 09 12:00 pm

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: 67 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 28 06:30 pm
Oct 01 04:00 pm

Directors Tony Massil and Pablo Alvarez-Mesa’s creative documentary follows Frank Furko, an 80-year-old eccentric living in a Pittsburgh suburb. The film focuses on Frank’s celebrity, which derives from a deeply felt friendship with Pudgie Wudgie, his 20-pound performing house cat. Supported by Frank’s 20 years of VHS video archives—mesmerizing footage that is strange, often hilarious and oddly beautiful—this is an intimate and thoughtful portrait of an older man struggling to come to terms with his very unusual past.

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

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Sep 27 06:00 pm
Sep 30 04:10 pm

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
Duration: 17 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

When a Quebecois mother enters her four-year-old daughter in a Florida beauty pageant, a game of cat-and-mouse commences.

Duration: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 01 12:30 pm
Oct 04 09:00 pm

In the Canadian arctic, a man is haunted by a young girl that the rest of the country has forgotten. (This project was produced with the guidance of Reel Youth mentors at Inuvik Youth Centre.)

Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

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Oct 01 09:15 pm
Oct 08 04:30 pm

Tensions mount at a women’s beginner boxing class when Sheila must contend with a classmate’s oppressive concern.

Duration: 2 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 01 12:30 pm
Oct 04 09:00 pm

A series of sticky notes make for a very difficult workday.

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

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Sep 26 06:30 pm
Sep 29 04:15 pm

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: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 01 12:30 pm
Oct 04 09:00 pm

Spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan gives us a new perspective on Charlie Chaplin.

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

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Sep 27 09:15 pm
Sep 30 03:30 pm

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
(Guibord, s'en va-t-en guerre)
Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 25 06:15 pm
Sep 27 12:45 pm

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: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 01 12:30 pm
Oct 04 09:00 pm

A journey through adolescence—that runs into the edges of a small town.

Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

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Sep 28 09:15 pm
Oct 05 04:30 pm

After bombing with a new character, an aspiring comedian encounters the real-life version of the man she’s been playing.

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