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
A young Bengali gentleman has a fascinating adventure, in which his love for film transcends the reality of the city he lives in.
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.
Three friends struggle to realize their identities inside a shifting love triangle that fractures their friendship.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Dilys is full of energy as she gives us an entertaining insight into life at 91, and shares her ambitious hopes for the future.
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.
"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.