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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.

Paula van der Oest

(Lucia de B.)
Duration: 97 mins
Country of Origin: Netherlands, 2014
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Paula van der Oest

When a baby died on her watch and investigators uncovered some circumstantially damning details, nurse Lucia de Berk (a cool, distanced Ariane Schluter) was labelled a serial killer and put on trial for murder—despite being innocent. Paula van der Oest’s terrific combination of investigative mystery and courtroom drama is intelligent and entertaining by turns. "[This] Oscar-shortlisted Dutch thriller retells a chilling true story with David Fincher-like intrigue."—Variety

Crime, Drama, Mystery

Darcy Van Poelgeest

Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Canadian Shorts
Director: Darcy Van Poelgeest

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

Alex van Warmerdam

Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: Belgium,Netherlands, 2015
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Alex van Warmerdam

As darkly surreal and deadpan droll as ever, Alex van Warmerdam’s follow-up to Borgman is a different beast entirely. Memorably set around a lakeside cabin, it’s a clever comedic thriller in which the titular heroes (the druggy Bax is played by van Warmerdam; the family man Schneider by Tom Dewispelaere) are hit-men charged with taking each other out… "[In this] wicked little outing… the more absurd the circumstances, the more entertaining the movie gets."—Variety



Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: Various,
Canadian Images
Director: Various

Atomic Cartoons presents this eclectic and electric collection of Canadian toon classics curated by Vancouver’s own resident animation guru, the great Marv Newland. Marv’s selection ranges from the mid-80s (Richard Condie’s The Big Snit) to last year (Julian Gallese’s Menagerie—the ink’s barely dry!), from Academy Award-nominees to film-school graduation films, and encompasses as many mood swings, stylistic shifts, rare delights and unexpected treats as can be jammed into an hour and a half. You will be dazzled.


E. Chai Vasarhelyi

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Nonfiction Features
Director: E. Chai Vasarhelyi

The best climbing film ever? This exhilarating, immersive documentary showcases three extraordinary climbers’ efforts to be the first to scale the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru, the Himalayas’ most daunting challenge. Directors Jimmy Chin, a top climber, and E. Chai Vasarhelyi, a celebrated documentarian, detail the perils of this 1,500-foot wall of sheer, smooth granite and delve into the psyches of these daredevils. Jon Krakauer is among those who provide context. "A visceral study of willpower and mental strength."—Indiewire

Adventures Outdoors, Audience Award Winners, Sport

François Verster

Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: Egypt,France,Jordan,Netherlands,South Africa, 2014
Arts and Letters
Director: François Verster

A beautifully realized paean to art and democracy, set in Istanbul, Cairo, Beirut and Alexandria, François Verster’s ambitious, multilayered documentary combines the tale of Shahrazad (and the 1001 stories she tells) with many other stories of the modern Arab world. From the National Youth Orchestra in Istanbul, to a troupe of actors/storytellers in Cairo, to a lone tapestry artist (amongst many others), Verster’s profoundly secular-humanist work skips back and forth through time and space to weave its own striking tapestry about the modernizing force of art.

Human Rights & Social Justice, Islamic World, Music & Arts, Politics

Alexander von Hofmann

Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2014
International Shorts
Director: Alexander von Hofmann

As his wife prepares brunch on a Saturday morning, Harvey slumps into his chair and tells her about an eerie and frightening dream he had.


Rosa von Praunheim

Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 2015
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Rosa von Praunheim

Former martial arts champion Andreas Marquardt’s life isn’t defined by victories but rather by vicious cycles. The product of unthinkably abusive parents, contempt came easily, setting him on a self-destructive path demarcated by pimping and prison. Rosa von Praunheim’s unflinching docudrama reopens Marquardt’s old wounds through stylish re-enactments and profiles how one woman’s devotion—or is it masochism?—steers him towards hard-won redemption.

Audience Award Winners, Drama, Romance