Vancouver International Film Festival Preview

VIFF is in full swing.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

More than 380 films will be shown as part of this year's Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), running from September 27th until October 12th.

A total of 75 countries will be represented at this installment of VIFF, an impressive number when compared to the star-studded Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which has been the country's go-to film event every year. International shorts, nonfiction features, galas, and special presentations are all a part of the busy two-week affair. Their Dragons and Tigers presentation will also be the largest annual exhibition of East Asian films outside of Asia.

"TIFF has a unique function in the market economy in that it is sort of a proxy Hollywood festival that happens on Canadian soil," Alan Franey, VIFF festival director, told CTV News. "[That] tends to eclipse what is still at the heart and soul of the Toronto festival, as it is any festival worth its salt around the world, we're all essentially trying to do the same thing: the old spririt of an international festival of quality cinema."

The film "Midnight's Children," by director Deepa Mehta and which was shown at TIFF, opened the Vancouver festival. 

Another highly-anticipated part of the event will be VIFF's High School Outreach Program, where a selection of dramas and documentaries that are of particular relevance to today’s youth will be shown: An itinerant American basketball player plies his trade in Iran… Congolese street children form a rap group in hopes of bettering their fortunes… An Israeli girl and her rapscallion father pose as refugees.

Passes are available for purchase online at, by phone, or in person at the Vancity Theatre.