Plan Your Festival Visit

COVID-19 & Festival Entry  

COVID-19 Vaccination Proof is required for entry to all VIFF events.

  • VIFF will be adhering to all Public Health Orders to ensure all its audience, volunteers, guests, and staff members can enjoy the in-cinema events safely at this year’s festival.
  • Face masks must be worn to gain entry to all VIFF 2021 venues. We request that you wear your mask at all times unless eating or drinking in your seat.
  • Please note that select venues will have concessions available, so some audience members may remove their masks in their seats as they eat or drink.
  • Once in your assigned seat for a screening, you will not be permitted to change seats.
  • Please follow the directions of VIFF Staff and Volunteers at all times.
  • If you feel ill, please do not come to the theatre.

VIFF 2021 COVID-19 Refund Policies

  • If you are feeling unwell or need to self-isolate during VIFF 2021, we will provide a full refund of the cost of any individual tickets or unused ticket pack tickets you have purchased.
  • If it is possible for us to exchange your in-cinema ticket for a VIFF Connect screening, you will also be offered this as an option.
  • If you have purchased a VIFF Pass, we will calculate the value of your refund based on the number of days you have been able to use the pass for and will refund the remaining value of the pass.
  • Outside of this policy, refunds and exchanges remain at the discretion of VIFF and will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
  • Please contact to request refunds and a member of our team will contact you.

Tickets & Ticket Packs


VIFF will adhere to all Public Health Orders throughout the festival.

  Regular Special Presentation 4 Ticket Pack*
Regular $15 $17 $48
Senior (65+) $13 $17 $44
Student $10 $17 $32

*Special Presentations have an upgrade fee of $2 per ticket.

VIFF Connect

Please note that all films streaming on VIFF Connect are limited to audiences viewing in BC only, unless otherwise stated.

  Individual Household
48-hour rental $10 $15


VIFF Connect Pass

Please note that not all of this year's films will be available online as some are in-cinema only.

  Individual Household
Regular $80 $110
Student $60  
Festival Pass Limited Edition

This pass is for all in cinema events and includes a household VIFF Connect Pass for streaming films online.

Festival Pass Price
Regular $725

View VIFF+ & Patrons Circle Member Pricing  

VIFF Centre

Vancity Theatre

Parking: Metered street parking

Entrance: Street level

Wheelchair: 2-4 spaces

Washrooms: Fully accessible

 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 3M7

VIFF Centre

Studio Theatre

Parking: Metered street parking

Entrance: Street level

Wheelchair: 4 spaces

Washrooms: Fully accessible

 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 3M7

Vancouver Playhouse

Parking: Metered street parking, Paid underground lot

Entrance: Street level

Wheelchair: 4-5 spaces

Washrooms: Fully accessible

 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2P

The Cinematheque

Parking: Metered street parking, nearby hotels

Entrance: Ramp at street level

Wheelchair: 4 spaces

Washrooms: Fully accessible

 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2K8

Rio Theatre

Parking: Metered street parking and paid lots

Entrance: Street level

Wheelchair: 4-6 spaces

Washrooms: Limited accessibility. Fully accessible washroom available next door to Rio Theatre.

 1660 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5N 1W1

SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Parking: Metered street parking and paid lots

Entrance: Ramp from courtyard, street level from Hastings, elevator

Wheelchair: 4-6+ spaces

Washrooms: Fully accessible

 149 W Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4


Parking: Metered street parking and paid lots

Entrance: Elevator to the 2nd floor

Wheelchair: 3 spaces

Washrooms: Fully Accessible

 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4

Hollywood Theatre

Parking: Metered street parking

Entrance: Street level

Wheelchair: 4 spaces

Washrooms: Fully Accessible

 3123 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2H2

Kay Meek Arts Centre

Parking: Street parking & lots

Main parking behind theatre accessible by Inglewood Ave.(accessible)

West Vancouver Secondary School parking lot located next to the Kay Meek off of Mathers Avenue, available weekends and after 5pm on weekdays

Street parking available on Mathers Avenue (accessible)

Entrance: Street level

Wheelchair: 4-8 spots

Washrooms: Fully Accessible

 1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC V7V 2G

VIFF has unveiled an exciting new program, VIFF Expanded, aimed at promoting a thriving cinema culture throughout the province. Learn More  

How Do Ticket Packs Work?

Ticket Packs are your chance to buy more and save more.
  • Ticket Packs work like credits on your account.
  • They can only be redeemed by the original purchaser, but the tickets can be used by anyone once redeemed from the pack.
  • There are no restrictions on the number of tickets from your pack that can be used per screening. For example: If you buy a 4 Ticket Pack, you can use all 4 tickets for one screening, or individual tickets across multiple screenings.
  • Special Presentation screenings have an upgrade fee of $2 per ticket.
  • Ticket Packs cannot be redeemed for VIFF Repeats held after the festival.
  • Ticket Packs cannot be used to access VIFF AMP or Totally Indie Day.
  • Unused Ticket Pack credits are not refundable except in the case of illness or COVID-19 self-isolation.
  • VIFF 2021 Ticket Packs can also be redeemed against VIFF Connect films although this is a more expensive option than purchasing an individual ticket for $10.

How Does the Festival Pass Work?

Passholders are the first people through the doors at each screening.
  • You must be aged 19+ to buy a pass.
  • Passes do not guarantee entry.
  • We put aside a generous allotment of passholder seats for all screenings.
  • Passholders are granted entrance to these seats before other patrons, or until the passholder allotment is reached.
  • Passholder seats are held until 10 minutes before showtime.
  • If the passholder allocation is full for a particular screening, our Front of House team will ask any passholders wishing to see the film to wait in the Standby Line.
  • Once all other patrons are seated, the Standby Line will be admitted, if there are seats remaining.

Please note: Only VIFF Centre’s box office (1181 Seymour Street) will be able to print your pass. You must collect your pass at this venue.

Age Restrictions & Membership

Because the majority of our films have not been classified, you must be aged 18+ to attend most films at VIFF. Due to their liquor licenses, all events at The Rio Theatre and Hollywood Theatre are strictly 19+ and the door staff will ask for ID.

VIFF presents many films that have not been classified by Consumer Protection BC. By law, anyone wishing to watch these films at the festival must be a member of the VIFF Society.

This year, your VIFF Society Membership is included in the cost of your ticket — there is no need to buy an additional membership as your ticket will indicate your membership on entry. Learn more  

*Every year, a selection of films is classified so that film lovers younger than 18 can experience the festival. Check out the films that have been rated for youth.