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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: 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: 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: 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: 7 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2000
Series:
Canadian Images
Animation
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
(Sonámbulo)
Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

A surrealist journey, inspired by poetry and set to Balkan beats, that evokes fantastic dreams and passionate nights.

(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: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Shorts

A humorous spectacle reveals the fallacy of the selfie while restoring the humanity of the stripped-down “calendar girl.”

Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2011
Series:
Canadian Images
Animation
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
Duration: 9 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

The only thing standing between Micky and her first orgasm are some misguided ideas about healthy female sexuality.

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

A missing cat observes fleeting moments of human life in a suburban neighbourhood before taking up with a woman nearing her end.

Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 1985
Series:
Canadian Images
Animation
Duration: 13 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Shorts

An overworked student is entangled in a wicked problem while trying to nurse a fledgling friendship with a troubled young drug addict.

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

Alexander Carson’s first feature is part coming-of-age story, part art-cinema meditation on photography, souvenirs and collections. The newest offering from North Country Cinema (The Valley Below) conjures a tender and haunting portrait of friendship and faith in the 21st century, following a group of young artists on a search for new mythologies and invoking a cinematic landscape where classical literature collides with new wave aesthetics and 90s pastiche.

Drama, Music & Arts
Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 1997
Series:
Canadian Images
Animation
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
(Le Bruit des arbres)
Duration: 77 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Series:
Canadian Images

François Péloquin’s debut is a subtle and charming coming-of-age story. Jérémie (It’s Not Me, I Swear!’s Antoine L’Écuyer) dreams of a very different life from the one awaiting him at the family sawmill (presided over by Roy Dupuis). However, his crazy joyride comes to an end when a fateful mistake shatters his fragile world. Péloquin drafts an impressive chronicle of one teenager’s summertime crucible. “Affecting and beautifully shot.”—Hollywood Reporter

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

An ex-cop finds himself in a life-altering dilemma when his old partner rounds him up to take care of some unfinished business.

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