Your guide to the Vancouver International Film Festival

    1 of 1 2 of 1

      At 37 years young, VIFF continues to expand our notions of what a film festival looks like. 

      Yes, there are movies. But that's only half the story.

      Want to get up close with a real life Hollywood success story or two? It's on the menu. 

      Feel like deep-diving into the blood and guts of indie filmmaking, or visiting the technological horizons of storytelling in an anxious 21st century? That's here too. 

      Maybe you just want some good music? Or perhaps you'd like to catch RZA bringing it all back home with a live soundtrack performance to the 1978 martial arts classic, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin? VIFF's got you covered.

      All of this comes, naturally, with a spectacular program of short and feature films, world premieres, spotlights, and a red carpet or three, beginning on September 27 with the Jesse Eisenberg/Kim Nguyen collaboration The Hummingbird Project

      Until then, stick with the Straight for news, reviews, previews, features, and more.

      Go here to see the full program schedule for all of 2018's Vancouver International Festival Festival showtimes.


      VIFF 2018: Level 16

      Danishka Esterhazy’s grim fairy tale zaps our current anxieties with the institutional dread of early Cronenberg.


      VIFF 2018: Profile

      Young Brit journalist Amy poses as a newly converted Muslim in Timur Bekmambetov’s film, which dares to tell its entire story on a desktop.


      VIFF 2018: Volcano

      What could be a political thriller built around the nightmare of kidnapping and underground civil war is instead a more darkly comical.


      VIFF 2018: Studio 54

      This well-constructed doc makes the case that the club owners’ foolishness with drugs, money, and taxes were matched by cultural homophobia and autocratic vendettas.


      VIFF 2018: Nervous Translation

      With stylish, edgy editing and a lack of sentimentality, director Shireen Seno effectively conveys how a child can adapt to the discomfort of uncertainty.


      VIFF 2018: Memoir of War

      The Hollow Crown’s Mélanie Thierry turns in an unflinching portrait of Marguerite Duras in a film based on her writings about life in Nazi-occupied Paris.