VIFF Industry Conference - September 29 - October 3, 2015

Passes available August 11th


The premier screen-based media conference on the West Coast, the VIFF Industry Conference takes place during the heart of the Vancouver International Film Festival. Offering five days of professional development for registered participants, session topics are wide-ranging and industry-relevant, from content creation and financing, to marketing and direct distribution, to storytelling and audience engagement.

All sessions take place at the Rogers Industry Centre located in Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street.


Highlights for 2015 include:

VIFF Industry Exchange in partnership with CMPA-BC

VIFF Industry in partnership with the CMPA-BC will produce a new program stream under the banner of VIFF Industry entitled VIFF INDUSTRY EXCHANGE scheduled to take place on Sept. 30 & Oct. 1, 2015. The focus of the new market stream will be on business development programming that includes the participation of online/digital and conventional buyers that best represent the needs of our screen based industry. Programs will include B2B meetings with buyers, commissioning editors, advertising and branding agencies; Ted style talks; and buyer briefings.

VIFF Industry Exchange is the only Canadian marketplace of its kind devoted specifically to Digital Online Content and will serve to assist in upgrading our screen based community’s knowledge of the key players; provide networking opportunities to further develop business deals and relationships; and help to develop their skills in producing and selling online content. Passes go on sale August 4th and full program details will be announced on August 18th. Stay tuned for more details.

Power to the Indie: Direct Distribution, Marketing and Engagement Program and Lab

Back by popular demand, our Power to the Indie Program and Lab will empower filmmakers to explore and leverage new partners in direct distribution, marketing and audience engagement in order to help them succeed in the competitive 21st century marketplace. The Digital Lab will provide collaborative opportunities for selected filmmaking teams to explore and create individual, actionable strategies to assist in the crowd funding, marketing, release and distribution of their films.

Industry Sessions, Panels and Roundtable Discussions

Featuring acclaimed North American experts in all aspects of the business and craft of film, television and digital media, these sessions are targeted to mid-to-senior level industry professionals and provide valuable market intelligence.

Master Classes

Multiple award-winning speakers from some of the most celebrated and critically-acclaimed films and TV series, these sessions will educate and inspire everyone from established to emerging industry professionals.

Totally Indie Day

A standing-room only event for the past 9 years, this day-long series of sessions is designed for (but not limited to) emerging writers, directors, and producers of film, television, and digital media.

Networking and Parties

Industry delegates and Day Pass holders will have access to a variety of networking events, including Industry Cocktail Hours; Women in Film and Television’s Moulin Madness; and Emerging Talent Day Reception.


VIFF Industry Sessions Video Archive

Did you miss a must-see session at one of our previous Conferences? Now you can watch sessions online through our Vimeo Channel or by visiting our Archive Page.


Check out the 2014 Program

Check out the 2013 Program


Past Guests have included:

Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad)   
Damon Lindelof (LOST)   
Adam Reed (Archer)
Jack Amiel (The Knick)
Chris Collins (Sons of Anarchy)
Hart Hanson (Backstrom)
Michael Schur (Parks and Recreation)
Chris Haddock (DaVinci’s Inquest)
Rodrigo Garcia (In Treatment)
Eric Overymyer (Treme)
Peter Gould (Better Call Saul)
Rick Cleveland (House of Cards)  
Lee Aronsohn (Two and A Half Men
Graham Yost (Justified)
Greg Garcia (My Name is Earl)
James Manor Jr. (Dexter)     
Hart Hanson (Bones)    
Aron Zelman (The Killing)  
Jenji Kohan (Weeds)   
Simon Davis Barry (Continuum)   
Peter Blake (House)   
Allen Coulter (Boardwalk Empire)  
Alan Taylor (Deadwood)   
Michael Lehmann (True Blood)   
Dan Sterling (Girls)   
Matthew Weiner (The Sopranos
Dave Finkel (United States of Tara)  
Alexandra Cunningham (Desperate Housewives)    
Benjamin Davis (AMC) 
Dae Mellencamp (Vimeo) 
Jamie Wilkinson (VHX.tv) 
Sam Scupp (FilmBuff)  
  Stan Lee (Superhero!)    
Charlie Kaufman (Synecdoche, NY
Walter Murch (The Godfather of Editing
Craig Borten (Dallas Buyers Club)
Kelly Masterson (Snowpiercer)
Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Jay Duplass (Jeff, Who Lives at Home)
Robert Towne (Chinatown)
Michael Arndt  (Toy Story 3
Alexander Payne (Nebraska
Brian Singer (X-Men
Lucy Walker (Waste Land
Michael Moore (Bowling for Columbine
Doug Liman (The Bourne Supremacy
Sarah Polley (Away from Her
Gus Van Sant (Mildred Pierce
Ondi Timoner (We Live in Public
Stephen Mirrione (Babel
Craig Berkey & Skip Lievsay (No Country for Old Men)
Conrad Hall (American Beauty
Guillermo Navarro (Pan’s Labyrinth
Fred Elmes (A Late Quartet)
Jeannine Oppewall (LA Confidential
Sandra Oh (Sideways
Ray Liotta (Goodfellas
Jason Eisener (Hobo With a Shotgun
David Slade (Twilight: Eclipse
Catherine Hardwicke (Red Riding Hood
Jason Reitman (Juno
Norman Jewison (Moonstruck
Bill Guttentag (Soundtrack for a Revolution
Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean