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28-Feb-2015 11:20am PDT  


Vancouver Asian Film Festival

18 Annual November 06, 2014 to November 09, 2014

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455 Prior Street
Vancouver BC V6A 2G3
Phone: 604 251 6828

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All Narrative accepted
All Animations accepted.
All Experimental/Digital/Interactive accepted
All Documentaries accepted

The Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) is a not-for-profit society celebrating diversity in film, that provides a forum for independent Canadian Asian, American Asian and Asian international diasposra filmmakers to showcase their work to audiences of Asian, non-Asian and mixed heritage. VAFF strives to promote dynamic and innovative images of Asians usually not found in mainstream film and television, with the belief that in order to have these images, the creative control and storytelling must come from the Asian communities themselves and the support must begin with these independent filmmakers.

Over the years, VAFF’s vision has expanded from simply showcasing the work of filmmakers, to include mentoring and support for these filmmakers to bring their stories to film; to develop an audience for these films; as well as inform and educate audiences regarding the growing filmography of North American Asian, Asian international diaspora and mixed heritage filmmakers.

By meeting all the above objectives, VAFF endeavours to ultimately develop understanding and appreciation of, and co-operation and open dialogue and communication between, diverse communities.

The Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) is the oldest film festival of its kind in Canada, and enters its 18th consecutive year in 2014. From its beginnings in 1995 and incorporation in the spring of 1997, VAFF has been an annual visual celebration of the best in film and video from Canadian Asian, North American Asian and Asian international diaspora filmmakers and videographers. VAFF is a not-for-profit film festival society committed to supporting both emerging talent and established filmmakers, offering programming from a Canadian Asian and Asian diaspora perspective with stories and visuals rarely seen in mainstream media. VAFF offers uniquely relevant storytelling from diverse filmmakers, to diverse audience members, celebrating diversity in film.

Visiting artists have included Justin Lin, Evan Jackson Leong, Jessica Yu, Tze Chun, Quentin Lee, Michael Kang and Freida Lee Mock, as well as BC filmmakers Julia Kwan, Mina Shum, Nilesh Patel and Jeff Chiba Stearns.

Available awards include a juried award for Best Canadian Short, presented by the National Film Board of Canada.

Programming includes 12-13 film programs incorporating feature length and short films and videos, featuring an Artist/Concept Spotlight, Foreign Spotlight, Vancouver Shorts, Q & A sessions, panel discussions, an industry luncheon, and gala events.

All screenings for VAFF18 will take place at the Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas, a multiplex theatre within downtown Vancouver’s historic Chinatown and Gastown districts.

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• Submission details and a submission form can also be found online at (
• Open Call submissions received after May 31, 2014, will not be considered for the 2014 festival. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Press Kit Materials
• Your submitted press kit should have all files labeled descriptively, and should contain:
o A film synopsis (approximately 100 words) and logline;
o Film stills (photos or hi-resolution electronic images: minimum 1200×1800 pixels @ 300 dpi) for program guide and publicity;
o A cast and crew list;
o The director’s biography (80 words) and photo (see above for technical specs);
o The producer’s biography (80 words);
o Press/publicity clippings and list of awards and screenings (Word or PDF)

Notification of Festival Selections
• If selected, a Notice of Acceptance will be sent.
• The Notice of Acceptance must be completed, signed and returned by the deadline date listed, or your position in the festival will be offered to another film.

Exhibition Print/File Shipping Policy
• Ship exhibition prints to VAFF prepaid to arrive no later than October 15, 2014.
• The festival's policy is to pay for one-way return shipping within North America only. Requests for international shipping will not be considered.
• If exhibition prints/files are coming from other festivals, VAFF must receive print traffic contact information of the prior festival two weeks prior to VAFF’s start date.
• If VAFF is to send the exhibition print/file to another film festival, this outbound address must be given to VAFF one week prior to the start of VAFF or it will be sent back to the print source.
• Please mail or courier your exhibition print to: Vancouver Asian Film Festival Office, 455 Prior Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6A 2G3


The applicant must hold the necessary rights for the submission and exhibition of this work. The applicant agrees that if his/her title is selected, that any photographs and/or video submitted to VAFF may be used by the festival or a third party authorized by the festival for the purpose promoting the festival (online, in print and media). RENTAL/SCREENING/DISTRIBUTION FEES: The Festival does not pay these fees. Instead, we choose to invest our resources in providing the best possible showcase for your work, and promoting your work as widely as possible. VAFF does not waive entry fees for Open Call submissions.