These days, brevity ain't just the soul of wit. Our entire online world is abuzz with rapid-fire communication, and moving-image "clips" tend to last about the length of a commercial break. thank heavens there are content creators out there who are treating their communications so seriously that they are making fabulous, artistic, big-screen-worthy cinema!
VIFF is ramping up its commitment to short films and we are delighted to have a great sponsor for this investment. The short-film format has been around since the dawn of cinema, but never has it been so relevant. We've featured extensive programs of Canadian short films for decades, and our goal now is to expand the number of international shorts in our program.
Films in this Series
When the person who’s supposed to be closest to you is no more than a stranger…
A young Bengali gentleman has a fascinating adventure, in which his love for film transcends the reality of the city he lives in.
Kate returns home after living abroad and struggles to reconnect with her younger brother.
A man has a fateful chance encounter with his wife—five years after she walked out…
A man tries to save the life of a minuscule fish but the situation spirals out of control.
A middle-aged Albanian man documents himself on the day he has decided to blow himself up.
Sometimes you are your own greatest ally. (United Way Care to Change Video Competition winner.)
Bernie Custis, 83, was the first black quarterback in professional football. This is his story.
What would bullying look like if we saw it for what it is? (United Way Care to Change Video Competition winner.)
Fear, prejudice and misunderstandings collide on a crowded airplane in the last minutes before takeoff.
Compassion is an important quality in how we treat others. It’s also the predominant counterpoint to more selfish interests in these thoughtful tales concerning interpersonal relations and powerful drama.
Wandering through the old rooms of his childhood, a young boy uses his wild imagination to fight the grief of leaving his home.
A careless being destroys his environment without caring about the consequences, until nature takes charge.
Environmentalism and free consciousness: tension escalates until something has to break.
When you’re depressed and on edge, reconnecting with a childhood friend in a bar might not be the best idea.
What happens when love exists outside of the high school norm? (United Way Care to Change Video Competition winner.)
The journey of a toy car takes us on a memorable journey through time and across generations in rural Quebec.
A school music-room turf-war threatens to disrupt Ethan’s entire negative world view.
Three friends struggle to realize their identities inside a shifting love triangle that fractures their friendship.
A family runs into the unbending rules of airport regulations which conspire against them.
An Iranian teenager sees an unintended opportunity for growth.
An abused girl shares her story of trauma and despair—and how she learned to love herself again.
We don’t often hear from the young people in Canada’s north, but here they are in their own words.
The program title reads both ways, and some of these diverse and powerful little dramas embody both qualities as they apply to their characters struggling to cope with another day—or night.
Duck hunting, two estranged brothers brought together by their father’s death wait for dawn.
"I grew up believing I was a boy. Maybe I was. Maybe I am." An exploration of just how fluid and subjective gender identity can be.
For two teen girls, a clandestine night sharing secrets is transformed when there’s a power failure.
A desperate girl gets caught up in the cruel world of the underaged sex trade.
In a dystopian future, a resistance fighter clutches on to his past by writing one last love letter.
Life wouldn’t be life without a little crisis. In this collection of excellent shorts, crisis manifests itself in many forms, ranging from dark comedy to dramas addressing serious moral and social issues.
In an industrial world, a robot works a strange machine that produces his only means of survival.
A cook working at a small mountain inn must deal with unexpected consequences when his first job as a hit man goes awry.
A collection of memories set in stone. A contemplation of life, death and our place in time.
Arif’s ex-girlfriend won’t return his calls or texts but he has a plan to try and win her over.
A teenage girl must face up to her demons—including herself.
Made by a group of ex-street youth in Sierra Leone, Africa, this film explores how $2,000 could end poverty.
A Peruvian orchestra welcomes troubled youth and provides them with an inclusive space where they can thrive artistically.
A poet wanders around Brussels in this stunning collage of animation, graphics and text.
Two elderly, completely opposite women with terminal conditions get stuck in the same hospital room.
A man staggers into a church one evening to cleanse his inner demons and a buried past is revealed.
The troubles and tribulations of a handful of Londoners intersect at an iconic red phone box.
A polar bear is searching for his missing friend in this short animation about camouflage.
One morning, the pressure finally gets to a high-school student.
A bittersweet love story that explores the ways movies can determine and skew our perspectives.
A teen girl with a sick mother finds hope when she falls for the daughter of the new pastor.
The awkward divide between love and friendship on the threshold of adulthood in bible-belt America…
A man wakes up to find his girlfriend terrified of him—and strangely enough, so is everyone else.
A Mexican girl talks about the lengths her mother goes to to give her children a future.
Isolated teen Leila is forced into difficult choices after a guy at the swimming hole comes on to her.
On his lunch hour in the park, a shy L.A. office worker meets the girl of his dreams.
Four New Westminster youths set out to spread the glove… but people in their community don’t quite understand what that means.
Hormones are flowing in this powerful and provocative collection of short films showing teens grappling with issues of love, fickle relationships and questions of sexual identity—all of which are pretty important when trying to find your place in the world.
Can a road trip to an unexpected place be a miraculous healing experience?
Dilys is full of energy as she gives us an entertaining insight into life at 91, and shares her ambitious hopes for the future.
A striking visual treatment of a spoken word poem, written and performed by Hopy Tareke.
In a world shrouded in darkness, a desperate man might risk everything to obtain light.
The Reel Youth Film Festival pulls together an insightful, compelling and hilarious collection of short films from across the globe—all made by youth. Chosen by a peer selection panel from hundreds of international submissions, this collection will show you the world through the eyes of an incredibly gifted emerging group of young filmmakers.
A spirit medium wants out but others, in this world and the next, have other plans.
One night, an old seaman dreams a storm into his bed. Who knows how to stem the tide?
A man in central Africa desperately tries to escape from Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army.
There are certain things you should never do if you are a fish on someone’s dinner plate.
A boy wakes up every day into a world over-saturated by technology and the media.
Water fights can lead to dramatic outcomes.
"Young people today are too often found in a space of social homelessness, where we are invisible in public discourse, and the value of our lived experience is reduced to teenage weirdness." A poetic statement of what youth need.