Vancouver International Film Festival

The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is an annual film festival held in Vancouver, British Columbia for two weeks in late September and early October. The festival is operated by the Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society, a provincially registered non-profit, and federally registered charitable organization.

Vancouver International Film Festival + VIFF Year Round at the Vancouver International Film Centre
LocationVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Hosted byGreater Vancouver International Film Festival Society
Festival dateSeptember 26 – October 11, 2019

VIFF continues to expand the frame to create multi-experiential streams that include some of the best cinema from around the world fused with related talks and events in a unique Films+ model. VIFF audiences and creators have a chance to discover, discuss and connect more at one of North America's most accessible festivals, in one of the most beautiful cities on the planet.

Both in terms of admissions, and number of films screened, (133,000 and 324 respectively in 2016),[1] VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. The festival screens films annually from approximately 73 countries on 10 screens.

The festival has three main programming platforms: East Asian film,[2] Canadian film, and nonfiction films.


The festival was first launched in 1958,[3] but faced financial and organizational difficulties in the late 1960s[4] and was discontinued after the 1969 festival. The Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society was incorporated in the early 1980s and relaunched the festival in 1982.[5]


The relaunched festival was staged entirely at the city's independent Ridge Theatre, although the festival has since expanded into a multivenue event headquartered at the Vancouver International Film Centre (VIFC).

The Vancity Theatre inside the VIFC hosts VIFF's year-round programming, workshops, special events and collaborates with local organizations for special events.[6]


Each year, the festival offers a number of juried and audience-voted awards including:

  • Most Popular International Film
  • National Film Board Award for Best Documentary
  • Special Jury Prize
  • Kyoto Planet "Climate for Change" Award
  • Dragons and Tigers Award for Young Cinema
  • Citytv Western Canadian Feature Film Award
  • Women In Film and Television Vancouver Artistic Merit Award
  • Rogers People's Choice Award
  • International Film Guide Inspiration Award
  • documentary Audience Award
  • VIFF Most Popular Canadian Film Award
  • VIFF Environmental Film Audience Award
  • Super Channel People's Choice Award
  • Ignite Award 

BC Spotlight Awards

  • Sea to Sky Award 
  • Best BC Film Award 
  • BC Emerging Filmmaker Award 

Canadian Awards

  • Best Canadian Film 
  • Emerging Canadian Director 
  • Best Canadian Documentary 
  • Best BC Short Film 
  • Best Canadian Short Film
  • Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film 

Impact Awards

  • VIFF Impact Award 

Audience Awards

  • Super Channel People's Choice Award
  • VIFF Most Popular International Feature 
  • VIFF Most Popular International Documentary
  • VIFF Most Popular Canadian Documentary 
  • #mustseebc 

Sustainable Production Excellence Awards

  • Sustainable Production Impact 
  • Sustainable Production Champion 


  1. "VIFF". Withoutabox. Withoutabox. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  2. "VIFF". Globe &MAil. Globe & Mail. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  3. "Festival's Movies Open Run Monday". Vancouver Sun, August 1, 1958.
  4. "The New Concept of VIFF". The Province, June 16, 1969.
  5. "Independent Ridge plans 40-feature film festival". The Province, May 3, 1982.
  6. "VIFF at Vancity Theatre". 2019-06-08. Retrieved 2019-10-06.
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