37th Annual

Vancouver International Film Festival

September 27, 2018 to October 12, 2018

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International Narrative Features
Open to non-Canadian narrative films with runtimes over 25 minutes.
International Documentaries
Open to non-Canadian nonfiction films with runtimes over 25 minutes.
International Shorts
Open to non-Canadian narrative and nonfiction films with runtimes of 25 minutes or less.
Canadian Narrative Features
Open to narrative films with runtimes over 25 minutes directed by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with Canada listed as one of the countries of production OR with 51% or more Canadian financing.
Canadian Documentaries
Open to nonfiction films with runtimes over 25 minutes directed by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with Canada listed as one of the countries of production OR with 51% or more Canadian financing.
Canadian Shorts
Open to narrative and nonfiction films with runtimes of 25 minutes or less directed by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with Canada listed as one of the countries of production OR with 51% or more Canadian financing.
VIFF Immersed: BC Showcase
The 2018 Vancouver International Film Festival is launching VIFF Immersed, a three-day public exhibition featuring some of the best North American storytelling in the realms of AR, VR and MR. We are seeking submissions from British Columbia creators of AR, VR and MR narrative, documentary and animated experiences for our 2018 Festival. This call is exclusively for submissions of British Columbia productions to be showcased in VIFF Immersed: BC Spotlight.

The VIFF Immersed Exhibition is a three-day public, ticketed exhibition with over 15 of the most important experiences that engage in a wide range of technology platforms AR, VR and MR. This exhibition celebrates the best of immersive storytelling and represents the current state of the bourgeoning industry.


The not-for-profit Vancouver International Film Festival produces screenings, talks and events as a catalyst for a diverse community to discover, discuss and share the creativity and craft of storytelling on screen.


MovieMaker Magazine hails VIFF as “a large, wholly unspoiled celebration of world cinema fostered to bring moviemakers and their wares into intimate contact with a rare, oh-so-coveted prize: a large, attentive and enthusiastic audience." Unfolding in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, this spectacular showcase features more than 300 films (including 200 features) and attracts in excess of 130,000 attendees.

In addition to the most anticipated films from the year’s festival circuit, an extensive showcase of documentaries (65 feature-length docs at the 2017 festival!) and the world's largest annual collection of new Canadian cinema (including the new critically acclaimed Future//Present series), VIFF presents specialized series focused on East Asian, French, arts-related and genre cinema. Drawing on a rich history of showcasing innovation in film, television and digital media, VIFF’s “Films+” programming expands the frame to include talks, workshops, performances and other unique events. VIFF also offers a wide array of prizes and audience awards in addition to full access festival passes for all accepted filmmakers. Last year, more than $80,000 CAD was presented to winning filmmakers as well as an additional $25,000 CAD in services and prize packs.

VIFF takes great pride in sharing international cinema's most exciting new voices. VIFF’s long-standing Dragons & Tigers film series has also helped launch some of Asia's top talent. Bong Joon-Ho's history with VIFF dates back to screenings of his student films and Vancouver audiences were the first to gasp in shock at Takashi Miike's legendary Audition when it had its World Premiere here. Other renowned international directors to visit VIFF in the early stages of their career include Miguel Gomes (North American premiere of Our Beloved Month of August), Ira Sachs (Canadian premiere of Keep the Lights On) and Maren Ade (director of 2016 Cannes standout Toni Erdmann). In recent years, VIFF has identified some of the boldest voices in American independent cinema, hosting the Canadian premieres of Alex Ross Perry's The Color Wheel and Rick Alverson's The Comedy.


In 2017, VIFF expanded the frame to create multi-experiential programming streams that saw screening augmented by talks, workshops and performances in a unique Films+ model.

These new programming streams reflect the interests and values of our audience and offer them more opportunities to explore every platform of our programming in a more enriching way:

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.

Film series include:

Galas & Special Presentations: VIFF's marquee attractions, including award-winning work from leading festivals like Cannes and Sundance.

Contemporary World Cinema: A spectacular showcase of narrative films from around the globe, featuring both today's masters and tomorrow's visionaries.

Spotlight on France: The rich cinematic culture that continues to flourish in France is celebrated in this selection of fine big-screen offerings.

Documentaries: This acclaimed series explores the endless possibilities of nonfiction filmmaking while probing involving subject matter.

SEA TO SKY: A showcase of the inspired works emerging from the creative nexus that is British Columbia.

Film series include:

BC Spotlight: The latest feature films from our province's best and brightest creators will leave audiences thrilled by our homegrown talent.

TRUE NORTH: A celebration of the extraordinary creativity and craft being demonstrated by Canadian storytellers from coast to coast.

Film series include:

True North: Our country's best narrative films and documentaries from directors beloved by VIFF audiences as well as exciting new voices.

Future//Present: Diverse independent filmmakers from across Canada who demonstrate originality and vision while challenging the medium.

IMPACT: Uncompromising films and insightful discussions that spark action and change the way we see the world.

Film series include:

Impact: With messages that resonate long after the end credits, these documentaries possess the ability to be powerful agents of change.

GATEWAY: Journey into the compelling cinematic worlds envisioned by some of East Asia’s most adventurous artists.

Film series include:

Dragons & Tigers: This internationally celebrated series continues to introduce the most exciting talents from East Asia to the world.

M/A/D: Music, art and design receive their deserved big-screen treatment in this aesthetically alluring stream.

Film series include:

M/A/D: Cinema conveys the power of other art forms in astonishing ways and allows us unrivalled insights into great creative minds.

ALT: Genre-bending features that defy traditional classification and creators who push short form storytelling to its limits.

Film series include:

Altered States: This is where the strange ones come out to play, demanding that you follow their warped rules.

Short Films: In a matter of minutes, these films immerse you in fully realized narratives that leave an indelible mark.

MODES: Experimental short works that explore how far the form of cinema is capable of bending.


"One of the best in North America." - David Bordwell

"As one of the largest film festivals in North America, VIFF concerns itself with building the right audience for accepted moviemakers, with an extensive target-marketing department that is focused on finding audiences for specific films." - MovieMaker

"A festival for a public of cinephiles that treats its foreign visitors with the greatest amount of care." - Senses of Cinema

"Docs get the royal treatment at Vancouver’s film fest... It’s the largest regular showcase of documentaries in any general festival in the world." - POV Magazine


Alan Franey (Director of International Programming); C. Woloschuk (Associate Director of Programming); Curtis Woloschuk (Associate Director of Programming); PoChu AuYeung (Program Manager)


Films entered in the international categories must not have been broadcast, distributed, offered on VOD or screened commercially in the Vancouver area. (VIFF will consider short films that have been made available online.) Films should have been completed after June 1, 2017. Preview screeners/DVDs should be subtitled in English.

Films entered in Canadian categories must be Canadian productions or co-productions which have not been broadcast, distributed, offered on VOD or screened commercially (ie: an advertised public screening for which admission is charged, excluding film school graduation screenings) in the Vancouver area. (VIFF will consider short films that have been made available online.) Films should have been completed after June 1, 2017.

The Festival is not responsible for returning DVD copies.
Preview materials must be shipped prepaid. VIFF will not accept collect shipments and accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to preview materials.
International submissions can be cleared at our end easily if the package indicates the title of the film and is marked: "For Festival purposes only. Will be cleared by addressee. Contents will be returned." DVD screeners must be valued at $1.00 Canadian for customs clearance.
Entrants will be notified regarding the results of the Festival’s selection process by August 29, 2018. (Please do not phone or email for results).


Accepted feature films for the Festival can be exhibited on DCP and in 35mm formats with optical or magnetic soundtracks. The dates, times, and locations of screenings of selected films is at the discretion of the Festival.

1. Once a film has been accepted for participation in the Festival, detailed shipping instructions will be sent to the print supplier.
2. The Festival agrees to cover transportation and insuring prints both ways directly to and from the actual print supplier, or to cover one-way transportation when the print is shipped to or from other festivals.
3. Each print sent to the Festival from outside of Canada enters the country on a Canada Customs "Duty Free Temporary Admissions Permit" and must be returned after the Festival.

In the case of loss or serious damage to a print, the obligation of the Festival is limited to compensating the producer or distributor only to the cost of making a new print.

Participation in the Vancouver International Film Festival implies understanding and acceptance of these regulations.

Vancouver International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The submitter shall indemnify and hold harmless Vancouver International Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.