The Vancouver International Film Festival will be a hybrid showcase of exceptional international cinema in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. VIFF takes great pride in championing international cinema’s most exciting new voices, offering diverse programming and fostering enlightening dialogue. Bong Joon-ho (Parasite), Sean Baker (The Florida Project) and Jia Zhangke (Ash Is Purest White) are but a few of the now-renowned filmmakers who attended VIFF early in their careers.
Furthermore, we’ll once again expand the frame to include talks, workshops, performances and other unique events that celebrate innovations in screen-based storytelling. At VIFF’s 2019 edition, these events included creator talks with the likes of Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now) and Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), the VIFF Immersed Exhibition of narrative-driven VR experiences, Creator Labs, the VIFF AMP Music in Film Summit, as well as a performance of Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington’s On Cinema at the Cinema Live and Public Enemy’s Chuck D breaking down the iconic “Fight the Power” for Song Exploder Live.
“As one of the largest film festivals in North America, VIFF concerns itself with building the right audience for accepted movie makers…” – MovieMaker
FILM PROGRAMMING STREAMS
Panorama – The world’s boldest creators and their exceptional works. The year’s most anticipated international films and new discoveries curated specifically for VIFF audiences.
Sea To Sky – A showcase of the inspired works emerging from the creative nexus that is British Columbia.
True North – A celebration of the extraordinary creativity and craft being demonstrated by Canadian storytellers from coast to coast.
Impact – Uncompromising films and insightful discussions that spark action and change the way we see the world.
Gateway – Journey into the cinematic reaches of East Asia with some of the world’s most compelling storytellers as your guides.
M/A/D – Music, art and design receive their deserved big-screen treatment in this aesthetically alluring stream.
ALT – Genre-bending features that defy traditional classification and creators who push short form storytelling to its limits.
VIRTUAL & AUGMENTED REALITY COMPETITION STREAMS
International VIFF Immersed Competition
Virtual Reality – Cinematic Live Action
Narrative-driven VR experiences created from the live action capture of human participants using camera or volumetric methods that exemplify works of narrative fiction.
Virtual Reality – Animation
Narrative-driven VR animation experiences created using original crafted artwork to embody the characters, setting and objects of its story.
Virtual Reality – Documentary
Immersive VR stories that document and explore an aspect of the real world.
Augmented Reality – Live Action / Animation / Documentary
This category is designed to showcase narrative AR experiences. Content may be interactive and classified as fiction, documentary or animation.
Virtual & Augmented Reality – BC Showcase
A curated showcase of VR and AR works emerging from the creative nexus that is British Columbia.