Submission Details

Vancouver International Film Festival
35th Annual Festival: September 29-October 14, 2016


The Vancouver International Film Festival is one of the largest and most successful film festivals in North America. In 2015, 370 films played on nine screens. By the time our 16-day festival had wrapped, more than 140,000 attendees had enjoyed some of the best films from more than 70 countries. 

Last year, VIFF offered $33,500 in cash prizes plus another $25,000 in services and prize packs as part of six adjudicated awards. Audience Awards were announced in an additional six categories, including the Rogers People's Choice Award. Full details of our 2015 awards will be announced soon.

2016 Submission Deadlines & Fees

International Narrative Features

Open to non-Canadian narrative films with runtimes over 20 minutes.

Deadline Entry Fee
Early Deadline - April 29, 2016 $65.00
Regular Deadline - June 10, 2016 $80.00
Extended Deadline - June 24, 2016 $95.00

International Nonfiction Features

Open to non-Canadian documentary and essay films with runtimes over 20 minutes.

Deadline Entry Fee
Early Deadline -  April 29, 2016 $65.00
Regular Deadline - June 10, 2016 $80.00
Extended Deadline - June 24, 2016 $95.00

International Shorts

Open to non-Canadian narrative and nonfiction films with runtimes of 20 minutes or less.

Deadline Entry Fee
Early Deadline - April 29, 2016 $50.00
Regular Deadline - June 10, 2016 $55.00
Extended Deadline - June 24, 2016 $60.00

Canadian Features/Documentaries

Open to narrative and nonfiction films with runtimes over 20 minutes directed by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and produced or co-produced in Canada.

Deadline Entry Fee
Early Deadline - May 13, 2016 $40.00
Regular Deadline - June 10, 2016 $50.00
Extended Deadline - June 24, 2016 $60.00

Canadian Shorts

Open to narrative and nonfiction films with runtimes of 20 minutes or less directed by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and produced or co-produced in Canada.

Deadline Entry Fee
Early Deadline - May 13, 2016 $20.00
Regular Deadline - June 10, 2016 $25.00
Extended Deadline - June 24, 2016 $30.00

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Film Series and Awards

Films selected for VIFF are programmed for public screenings in one of our signature series at the discretion of our programming team.


International Series

Cinema of Our Time

A spectacular showcase of narrative films from around the globe featuring both today’s masters and tomorrow’s visionaries.

Dragons & Tigers: The
Cinemas of East Asia

For over 25 years, VIFF has presented one of the world’s largest and most adventurous collections of East Asian cinema.

Nonfiction Features

Documentary and essay films embrace the spotlight in this acclaimed series, which sees over 75 nonfiction features play to almost 50,000 engaged viewers.

Arts & Letters

A cinematic celebration of visual and performing arts with a strong focus on films in which music takes centre stage.

Spotlight on France

VIFF honours the rich cinematic culture that continues to thrive in France by highlighting that nation’s finest big-screen offerings.

Altered States

A late night series featuring international genre films, as well as fantastic cinema that defies ready classification.

International Shorts

VIFF introduces you to exceptional international artists who push short-form storytelling to its limits.


Canadian Series

Canadian Images

One of the world's largest annual public exhibitions of new Canadian cinema. Incredibly well-attended, it's truly a point of pride for VIFF. This series is also home to the B.C. Spotlight which focuses on our homegrown talent.

Canadian Images Shorts

Carefully curated short film programs showcase both established Canadian filmmakers and emerging artists we’ll be seeing more from in the future.


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