Festival update – January 2021:
At this time, we anticipate that the 40th edition of VIFF will include both in-person and online screenings. VIFF will continue to closely monitor the situation regarding COVID-19 and will adapt the scope of our in-person events to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
The Vancouver International Film Festival is a 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. In 2019, our in-person festival had 110,000 admissions. In 2020, our online festival recorded 90,000 views. We anticipate that our 2021 edition will include 100 feature films and 100 shorts.
Furthermore, we’ll once again expand the frame to include talks, workshops, performances and other unique events that celebrate innovations in cinematic storytelling. At VIFF’s 2020 edition, these events included talks with the likes of Charlie Kaufman (I’m Thinking of Ending Things), Garrett Bradley (Time) and Eliza Hittman (Never Rarely Sometimes Always), the VIFF Immersed Exhibition of narrative-driven VR experiences, Creator Labs, the VIFF AMP Music in Film Summit, as well as an evening of music and conversation with Beverly Glenn-Copeland (Keyboard Fantasies).
Awards & Prizes
Awards for 2021 Vancouver International Film Festival will be announced in the spring.
At the 2020 edition, VIFF presented the following awards:
Sea to Sky Award
$20,000 cash prize. This award recognizes the outstanding work of one female key creative on a BC-produced feature or short.
Best BC Film Award
$10,000 from Creative BC and $15,000 in post-production services credit supplied by Company 3.
BC Emerging Filmmaker Award
$5,000 award from UBCP/ACTRA, plus a $10,000 equipment credit supplied by William F. White International Inc.
Best BC Short Film
$5,000 award presented by TELUS Storyhive.
Best Canadian Film
$15,000 award presented by the Directors Guild of Canada.
Emerging Canadian Director
$3,000 award presented by the Directors Guild of Canada.
Best Canadian Documentary
$15,000 prize presented by the Rogers Group of Funds.
Best Canadian Short Film
$15,000 in colour grading and/or VFX services credit supplied by Side Street Post and $2,000 award presented by VIFF.
VIFF Impact Award
$5,000 CAD presented by the Lochmaddy Foundation to an international documentary playing in the Impact competition.
Rob Stewart Eco Warrior Award
$5,000 prize presented by RBC and Cineplex to a documentary playing in the Impact competition that recognizes an outstanding contribution by an activist-storyteller.