Years running: 38 (since 1982)

Vancouver International Film Festival

International film festival in Vancouver.


Both in terms of admissions and number of films screened (152,000 and 386 respectively in 2011) VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. Festival screens films from 80 countries on 10 screens. The international line-up includes the pick of the world’s top film fests and many undiscovered gems. VIFF 2011 included 20 World premieres, 30 International premieres, 49 North American premieres and 40 Canadian premieres. 

The Festival will be divided into at least the following main sections:

  • Canadian Images;
  • Dragons & Tigers: The Cinemas of East Asia;
  • Nonfiction Features; 
  • Nonfiction Features: Arts & Letters;
  • Cinema of Our Time;
  • Spotlight on France;
  • Environmental Films.

The program aims to include approximately 230 feature films representing over 75 countries.


  • The Vancouver International Film Festival accepts entries of both features (over 26 minutes) and shorts (under 25 minutes).
  • Films entered in the Festival must not have been screened commercially, or broadcast, in the Vancouver area.
  • Films should have been completed after June 1, 2018.
  • Subtitles language: english

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Download, print and fill out entry form;
  • Send entry form, DVD-copy and proof of payment; 
  • Preview materials must be shipped prepaid, and can be cleared at our end easily if package indicates title of film and is marked: "For Festival purposes only. Will be cleared by addressee. Contents will be returned." DVDs mustbe valued at less than $10.00 Canadian for customs clearance.

You also can register via Withoutabox system.

Premiere Requirements

Regional premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

  • Alan Franey, Festival Director and CEO;
  • Jacqueline Dupuis, Executive Director;
  • Trish McGrath, Director, Development and Communications;
  • PoChu AuYeung, Program Manager and Senior Programmer;
  • Terry McEvoy, Canadian Images Programmer;
  • Tom Charity, Vancity Theatre Program Coordinator;
  • Laine Slater, Marketing Director.




Official website



1181 Seymour Street
Vancouver BC V6B 3M7

Phone: 604-685-0260
Fax: 604-688-8221


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Earlybird Deadline
    April 26, 2019
  • Regular Deadline
    May 31, 2019
  • Late Deadline
    June 14, 2019
  • Notifications
    August 30, 2019
  • Event dates
    26 September — 11 October 2019
Categories & Fees

Open to non-Canadian nonfiction films with runtimes over 25 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $60
  • Regular Deadline — $75
  • Late Deadline — $90

Open to non-Canadian narrative and nonfiction films with runtimes of 25 minutes or less.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $45
  • Regular Deadline — $50
  • Late Deadline — $55

Open to non-Canadian narrative films with runtimes over 26 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $60
  • Regular Deadline — $75
  • Late Deadline — $90
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