Your guide to the Vancouver International Film Festival

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      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: Mirai

      An unusually introspective animé, Mirai homes in on a small-town family quietly enduring growing pains, starting with a grouchy working mom and a stay-at-home architect dad.


      VIFF 2018: Maria By Callas

      Whether you’re an opera neophyte or a well-Callased veteran, this profile of the original diva is a huge travel trunk of riches.


      VIFF 2018: In My Room

      The limits of identity are tested by six teenagers whose self-told stories unfold in juxtaposition with each other.


      VIFF 2018: Le Grand Bal

      This long but fascinating French doc vividly captures the sprawling Grand Ball that happens in the middle of the Allier countryside in France each year—and also the universal impulse to dance.


      VIFF 2018: Genesis

      Note that Quebec’s Philippe Lesage retains the hypnagogic mood of his 2015 feature Les Démons without relying on that film’s overt horrors.