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Panorama Stream | Vancouver International Film Festival



Regular Screenings

Special Presentations

Gala Screenings

Ticket Packs


$2 upgrade fee

$7 upgrade fee

Adult (18+)




Student (18+)
Senior (65+)




VIFF+ Bronze




VIFF+ Silver




VIFF+ Gold




Youth (under 18)*

*only when a film is 
rated for youth




Ticket Packs

Plan on seeing multiple films during VIFF or getting together with a group of friends? Ticket Packs are your chance to buy more and save more. They work like credits on your viff.org account: log in as you please and redeem as many tickets per film as you need.

Student 5 Pack


For students aged 18+. ID required on entry.

Please note all events at The Rio Theatre are 19+

Senior 5 Pack


For those aged 65+. ID required.

6 Ticket Pack


Available for everyone - redeem a single ticket to six films, or six tickets for one film.

10 Ticket Pack


See ten great films with this ticket pack.

20 Ticket Pack


Discover hidden gems with this 20 ticket pack. For people who are seriously into film festival adventures.

30 Ticket Pack


Bring a group, or camp out at the theatre for the whole festival with this 30 ticket pack.


Passes don't guarantee entry (unless they're Platinum!) but they do allow you the freedom to pick and choose your VIFF schedule without booking individual tickets. For each film, we put aside a generous allotment of passholder seats which we hold for you until 20 minutes before the screening start time.

Platinum Pass


Admission to all festival film screenings with guaranteed seating in prime position until 5 minutes before showtime.

Also includes access to FILMS+ conference days, Creator Talks and a single entry to the 2019 Immersed XR exhibition (registration required).

Excludes VIFF Live events, parties and receptions.

*Limited quantities available.

Festival Pass


Access to all Regular and Special Presentation film screenings at VIFF 2019.

Excludes Gala screenings, FILMS+ events, parties and receptions.

Senior Festival Pass


Aged 65+? Get access to all Regular and Special Presentation film screenings at VIFF 2019 for less.

Excludes Gala screenings, FILMS+ events, parties and receptions.

Student Festival Pass


Aged 18+ and in full time education?

Get access to all Regular and Special Presentation film screenings at VIFF 2019 for a great price and expand your education.

Excludes Gala screenings, FILMS+ events, parties and receptions.

ID required on entry to the theatres.

Please note all events at The Rio Theatre are 19+.

Weekday Matinee Pass


This pass gets you access to Regular and Special Presentation film screenings taking place before 5pm, Monday - Friday.

VIFF 2019 Passes are no longer available for sale.

Extra Information

Membership and Age Restrictions

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.

A standard $2 membership can be purchased when you buy your tickets. You can then use this 2019 VIFF membership card at VIFF year-round until August 31st, 2020.

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

Every year, a selection of films is classified so that film lovers under 18 can experience the festival. Check out our Youth selection when tickets are on sale.

What is Standby?

If advance tickets are sold out for a screening, don't despair! These screenings will show as being in 'Standby'. In all likelihood, some Standby Tickets will be available at the venue just before showtime. These are usually passholder seats that haven't been taken, or unfilled seats we can release for sale.

If you want to explore this option, arrive at the theatre early and join the Standby Line. Be advised: When this line is admitted, it will be one ticket per person - you won't be able to buy tickets for anyone who isn't present.

Service Charges

  • Individual tickets have a $1 service charge per ticket, up to $4 per order.
  • 5 and 6 Ticket Packs have a $3 service charge per pack.
  • 8 Ticket Packs and larger have a $5 service charge per pack.
  • Passes have a $5 service charge per pass.
  • For some events, there will be a $3.25 per ticket Civic Theatres Facility Fee (for events costing more than $20 at Vancouver Playhouse, Annex or Pyatt Hall).

Ticket Pack Upgrade Fees

When you redeem your ticket pack, regular film screenings will show as complimentary tickets. However, Special Presentation films and Gala screenings have a higher ticket price, so when you redeem your ticket pack against these kinds of screenings, you'll pay an upgrade fee of $2 and $7 respectively, per ticket.

Refunds and Exchanges

All sales are final. VIFF only offers refunds in cases of technical failure.

Exchanges are permitted on purchased tickets. All exchanges must be made at least 60 minutes prior to the screening you no longer want to attend.

Exchanges cannot be made for missed screenings or complimentary tickets, and we can't guarantee we will be able to fulfil short-notice exchange requests received outside of our Infoline and Box Office hours of operation.

A $1 exchange fee per ticket applies

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