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VIFF 2013 Facts + Figures

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VIFF 2013

Event     32nd  Vancouver International Film Festival (inaugural year was 1982)
Dates     September 26 – October 11, 2013
Slogan    Same Planet. Different Worlds.

VIFF 2013 Facts & Figures

  • 341 films (208+ of which are feature-length)
  • 75 countries
  • more than 500 screenings
  • 92 Canadian films (including co-productions):
    31 features , 6 mid-lengths, 55 shorts
    Selected from 800+ Canadian submissions
  • 85 nonfiction films (73 of which are feature-length)
  • 140,000 admissions in 2012
  • 750 volunteers
  • 9 screens at seven theatres:
    The Centre for the Performing Arts
    The Cinematheque
    Cineplex Odeon International Village (8-10)
    Rio Theatre
    SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at Woodwards
    Vancity Theatre
    Vancouver Playhouse 
  • 600 accredited industry guests in 2012
  • 1,000+ Film and Television Forum delegates
2013 Galas

Opening Gala, September 26
Canadian Images Opening, September 27
Dragons & Tigers Awards Gala, October 3
BC Spotlight Screening, Awards and Party, October 5
Closing Gala, October 11

2013 Programming Strands
  • Galas and Special Presentations
  • Canadian Images
  • BC Spotlight
  • Dragons and Tigers: The Cinemas of East Asia
  • Cinema of Our Time
  • Spotlight on France
  • Nonfiction Features
  • Arts and Letters
  • Altered States
  • International Shorts

28th Film + TV Forum: October 2 – 4
New Filmmakers’ Day: October 5


Adjudicated Awards
  • Best Canadian First Feature Film Award 
  • Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film Award ($2,000 prize)
  • Best BC Film, sponsored by the Harold Greenburg Fund ($10,000 development bursary)
  • BC Emerging Filmmaker Award, sponsored by UBCP/AFBS ($7,500 prize)
  • Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema, presented by Brad Birarda ($5,000 prize)
Audience Awards
  • Rogers People’s Choice Award
  • VIFF Most Popular Canadian Film Award
  • VIFF Most Popular Documentary Film Award
  • Most Popular Canadian Documentary Award
  • VIFF Most Popular First Feature

VIFF is a not-for-profit charitable organization whose mandate is:

A)   to encourage understanding of the world’s cultures through the art of cinema, to foster the art of cinema, to facilitate the meeting in British Columbia of cinema professionals from around the world, and to stimulate the motion picture industry in British Columbia. 

B)   to operate an annual Vancouver International Film Festival, a festive public celebration bringing to British Columbia the best in contemporary Canadian and international cinema and retrospective programs.

C)   to operate the Vancouver International Film Centre, providing the public and film community with an excellent facility for the appreciation of cinema and related art forms throughout the year. 

Film lengths: Features = over 60 minutes long; mid-lengths = between 20 and 60 minutes; shorts = under 20 minutes