The 33rd Vancouver Film Festival program is now live! This year’s entire lineup consists of 353 films and other special events, descending on the city for 3 weeks.
The Vancouver Film Festival (VIFF) is a special time of year that marks a welcome cinematography escape from Vancouver’s rainy season. This year, audiences can look forward to 353 films from over 65 countries, including 223 features and 130 shorts. Popular films can sell-out early, so check out the selection and mark out your favourites.
VIFF’s selections are a great way of exploring the exhaustive program:
- CANADIAN IMAGES. — One of the largest showcases of new Canadian cinema on the planet.
- CINEMA OF OUR TIME —Narrative films from around the globe featuring both today’s masters and tomorrow’s visionaries. Same planet. Different worlds.
- DRAGONS AND TIGERS — One of the world’s largest and most adventurous collections of East Asian cinema.
- NONFICTION FEATURES — Acclaimed documentary and essay films that expand the form’s possibilities and invite us to view the world in different lights.
- ARTS & LETTERS — A cinematic celebration of visual and performing arts with a strong focus on captivating films in which music takes centre stage.
- SPOTLIGHT ON FRANCE — Honouring the rich cinematic culture that continues to flourish in France by highlighting big-screen offerings.
- ALTERED STATES — This is where international genre films come out to play and audiences will experience fantastic cinema that defies ready classification.
- SHORT FILM SHOWCASE — These programmes showcase both established and emerging artists who push short-form storytelling to its limits.
This year’s Opening Night Gala is Wild starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern. Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée’s, best known for Dallas Buyers Club, tells the story of a self-destructive woman who attempts to leave behind her years of drug abuse and recklessness with a solo, 1,000-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.
Additional Gala Films:
- The Vancouver Asahi: In Vancouver’s old Japantown, a group of Canadian-born kids launched their own baseball team, the Asahi. Yuya Ishii’s (Mitsuko Delivers) lavish-scale entertainment chronicles their battles against failure, racism and prejudice—and the brief moment of triumph they enjoyed before Pearl Harbor changed everything.
- October Gale: Stars Patricia Clarkson, Scott Speedman and Tim Roth. The film tells the story of a doctor who takes in a mysterious man that washes ashore at her remote cottage with a gunshot wound.
Check out all the films on the Vancouver Film Festival website. This year’s VIFF runs from September 25 – October 10 at multiple venues across the city.
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