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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.

Takahata Isao

(Kaguyahime no monogatari)
Duration: 137 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Special Presentations
Director: Takahata Isao

Discovered inside a luminous bamboo stalk, a magical newborn lights up the lives of a childless couple—and perplexes them with the lightning speed with which she crawls, walks, talks and transforms into a charming young lady. Studio Ghibli’s other anime master Takahata Isao (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko) bows out with a tender, joyful, exquisitely crafted folk tale for all ages.

Animation, Fantasy, Youth Under 18 May Attend

Mehran Tamadon

Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: Iran,France,Switzerland, 2014
Nonfiction Features
Director: Mehran Tamadon

A surreal (and occasionally highly entertaining) summit unfolds when Iranian expat Mehran Tamadon convenes four Islamic religious leaders to discuss creating a more open society in his homeland. The sense of melancholic mischief here recalls Panafi’s This Is Not a Film but the concerns expressed and consequences incurred are unique to Tamadon. “An amusing game to watch…”—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Grand Prix, Cinéma du Réel 2014.

Islamic World, Religion, Spirituality & Myth

Abdul Tarawally

Duration: 2 mins
Country of Origin: Sierra Leone, 2014
International Shorts
Director: Abdul Tarawally

Made by a group of ex-street youth in Sierra Leone, Africa, this film explores how $2,000 could end poverty.

Hopy Tareke

Duration: 2 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
International Shorts
Director: Hopy Tareke

A striking visual treatment of a spoken word poem, written and performed by Hopy Tareke.

Viktor Tauš

Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: Finland,Slovakia,Luxembourg,Czech Republic, 2013
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Viktor Tauš

Thirty years after achieving the zenith of his career in grease paint, an acclaimed actor returns from self-imposed exile for one last show in Prague. Reunited with his former partners, he and his colleagues attempt to restage their greatest performance, stave off old rivalries and ensure that time doesn’t have the last laugh. Viktor Tauš’ poignant film reminds us that tragicomedy is the lifeblood of clowning.

Fine Arts or Theatre, Drama, History

André Téchiné

(L'Homme qu'on aimait trop)
Duration: 116 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Spotlight on France
Director: André Téchiné

Catherine Deneuve owns the screen in her seventh collaboration with André Téchiné (Scene of the Crime, Thieves). She plays real-life casino owner Renée Le Roux, who went up against the mob in 1970s Nice and whose daughter Agnès (rising star Adèle Haenel, also in Love at First Fight) subsequently disappeared. Guillaume Canet (Tell No One) is the shady lawyer—Agnès’ lover—who may (or may not) be involved in the disappearance.

Crime, Family Relations, Mystery, Romance, Style & Fashion

Jethray Tecson

Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
International Shorts
Director: Jethray Tecson

Four New Westminster youths set out to spread the glove… but people in their community don’t quite understand what that means.

Kyle Thomas

Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Canadian Images
Director: Kyle Thomas

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

Terry Thomas

Duration: 2 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2014
International Shorts
Director: Terry Thomas

A polar bear is searching for his missing friend in this short animation about camouflage.

Jacob Tierney

Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
BC Spotlight
Director: Jacob Tierney

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.


Marcelo Tobar

Duration: 103 mins
Country of Origin: Mexico, 2014
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Marcelo Tobar

After personal problems send free spirit Cristina (Sophie Alexander-Katz) scurrying for the comforts of her family home, her taciturn ex-addict brother’s relationship with a new girlfriend threatens the orphan siblings’ fragile peace… "Sibling rivalry is kept at a low, slow simmer in [Marcelo Tobar’s] fractiously intimate family drama… Thanks to flinty performances… it’s a film of subtle but not insubstantial emotional rewards."—Variety


Carles Torrens

Duration: 20 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
International Shorts
Director: Carles Torrens

A man wakes up to find his girlfriend terrified of him—and strangely enough, so is everyone else.

Action, Thrills & Suspense

Tim Tracey

Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Canadian Images
Director: Tim Tracey

Learning the dark truth about his workplace, a factory worker revolts.


Neil Triffett

Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2013
International Shorts
Director: Neil Triffett

A school music-room turf-war threatens to disrupt Ethan’s entire negative world view.

Romance, Youth Under 18 May Attend

Ricardo Trogi

Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Canadian Images
Director: Ricardo Trogi

Director Ricardo Troggi (1981) delights with this hilarious and sometimes caustic souvenir of his own life when he was 17 years old. Jean-Carl Boucher plays young Ricardo as a cockeyed Quixote, fearlessly tilting at the repressive tyranny of everyday adolescence. Inspired by a surreal vision, he’s on a quirky quest that involves raging hormones, family drama and petty crime.

Comedy, Crime, Family Relations, Youth Under 18 May Attend

David Trueba

(Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados)
Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Spain, 2013
High School Outreach
Director: David Trueba

Spain, 1966. A hapless English teacher (Javier Cámara) hits the road for the strawberry fields of Almeria, hoping to meet his idol John Lennon. David Trueba’s whimsical dramatic comedy is delightfully unpredictable. "This small gem offers a lovely evocation of Spain as well as a touching tribute to an unforgettable moment in time…"—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Goya Awards 2014.

Adventures Outdoors, Audience Award Winners, Family Relations, History, Youth Under 18 May Attend

Tsaï Ming-liang

(Xi you)
Duration: 56 mins
Country of Origin: France,Taiwan, 2014
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Tsaï Ming-liang

A small miracle of a movie, Tsai Ming-liang’s insanely slow, magnificently gorgeous film is his most beautiful in years. For 56 minutes we watch Tsai’s actor fetiche Lee Kang-sheng, accompanied by French art-house icon Denis Lavant, walk ever-so-slowly through a series of urban spaces in Marseilles. Hilarious visual puzzles; plays of light and space; pure cinema magic. Shelly Kraicer

Experimental & Avant garde, Religion, Spirituality & Myth

Tsang Tsui Shan

Duration: 97 mins
Country of Origin: France,Hong Kong, 2014
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Tsang Tsui Shan

Tsang Tsui Shan brings the past to life in this beautiful, bittersweet documentary that shares the story of a Hong Kong family and recounts their fortunes over the span of decades, replete with home videos and photos. The culture the film sketches is unique but the emotions it evokes are immediately familiar. "There’s much nostalgia to feel for, and much beauty to behold…"—Hollywood Reporter

Family Relations, Immigration