VIFF 2014 Facts + Figures


33nd  Vancouver International Film Festival (inaugural year was 1982)
September 25 – October 10, 2014


VIFF 2013 in review

  • 341 films (212 of which were feature-length1)
  • 75 countries
  • 568 press and public screenings
  • 92 Canadian films (including co-productions):
  • 31 features, 6 mid-lengths, 55 shorts1
  • Selected from almost 800 Canadian submissions
  • 85 nonfiction films (75 of which are feature-length)
  • 130,000 admissions
  • 750 volunteers
  • Nine screens at seven theatres (not including a few special events elsewhere):
  • 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
  • Almost 400 accredited industry guests
  • 1,000+ Film & Television Forum delegates

2014 Galas

  • Opening Gala – September 25
  • Canadian Images Opening – September 26
  • BC Spotlight Screening, Awards and Party – October 4
  • Closing Gala – October 10

Film Series

  • 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

2014 Awards

Adjudicated Awards
  • Best Canadian Film, sponsored by the Directors Guild of Canada ($8,000 cash 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)
  • VIFF Impact Award, sponsored by Agentic Digital Media and Story Money Impact ($5,000 cash and $5,000 strategic and marketing services)
Audience Awards
  • Rogers People’s Choice Award
  • VIFF Most Popular Documentary Film Award
  • VIFF Most Popular First Feature
  • VIFF Most Popular Canadian Feature Film Award
  • Most Popular Canadian Documentary Award
  • Most Popular Canadian Environmental Documentary Award

29th VIFF Industry Conference: October 1 – 3
Totally Indie Day: October 4

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