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Vancouver International Film Festival

Vancouver International Film Festival & VIFF Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour St
V6B 3M7 Vancouver, BC
phone +1-604-68 50 260
fax +1-604-68 88 221
email: viff@viff.org

Mr. Alan Franey

Program Director/ Contact for German Entries
Ms. PoChu Au Yeung

Year of Foundation 1982. Since 1995, The Festival also operates a year-round theatre, the VIFF Vancity Theatre.

Event Date from 24 September 2020 till 09 October 2020

Event Date

in Vancouver, BC, Canada

Sections Canadian Images (best feature films of the current year), Canadian Images Shorts (best short films of the current year), Cinema of Our Time (new films from over 50 countries), Dragons & Tigers: The Cinemas of East Asia (showcase of recent East Asian productions), Spotlight on France, Nonfiction Features (acclaimed documentary and essay films), Arts & Letters series on the performing arts, Altered States (international genre films), International Shorts

Terms of Entry Films are preferred to be current, i.e. should have been completed after June 1, 2019.
Prior screenings are acceptable as long as they are not within the Greater Vancouver area. They must not have been broadcast, distributed on VOD/DVD or screened either at another festival or commercially (i.e. an advertised public screening at which an admission was charged; excluding film school graduation screenings) in the Vancouver area.

Subtitles English subtitles necessary

Format 16 mm, 35 mm, DCP

Registration Deadline Early Bird Deadline: 26 April 2019, Regular Deadline: 31 May 2019, Extended Deadline: 14 June 2019

Fees Early Bird: CAD 45 for shorts (25 minutes or under), CAD 60 for features (over 25 minutes); Regular Deadline: CAD 50 for shorts (25 minutes or under), CAD 75 for features (over 25 minutes); Extended Deadline: CAD 55 for shorts, CAD 90 for features

Attendance Figures 140,000

Participants of the Film Industry About 600 invited and accredited guests which include local and out-of-town filmmakers, actors, producers, distributors as well as delegations.

Prizes/Awards Audience Awards: Roger's People's Choice Award, Most Popular International Documentary, Most Popular Canadian Feature Film, Most Popular Canadian Documentary, International Audience Award, Canadian Audience Award; BC Spotlight Awards: Best BC Film, BC Emerging Filmmaker; BC Spotlight Award; Ignite Award; Canadian Images Awards: Best Canadian Film, Emerging Canadian Director; Canadian Images Shorts Awards: Best Canadian Short Film, Most Promising Canadian Director of a Short Film; Impact Awards: Radcliffe Foundation Refugee; Crisis Awareness Short Film Compt.; VIFF Impact Award; VIFF Industry Builder Award

German Films


Contemporary World Cinema
FATHER by Srdan Golubović (RS/FR/DE/HR/SI/BA, Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion)
MERKEL – ANATOMY OF A CRISIS (DIE GETRIEBENEN) by Stephan Wagner (carte blanche international)
SARITA by Sergio Basso (IT/DE, missingFILMs)
SIBERIA by Abel Ferrara (IT/DE/MX, maze pictures)
THERE IS NO EVIL (ES GIBT KEIN BÖSES) by Mohammad Rasoulof (DE/CZ/IR, Cosmopol Film)
UNDINE by Christian Petzold (DE/FR, Schramm Film Koerner & Weber)

M/A/D – Music/Art/Design
PARIS CALLIGRAMMES by Ulrike Ottinger (DE/FR, zero one film)

VIFF Impact
THE FORUM (DAS FORUM) by Marcus Vetter (DE/AT/CH, Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion)

A DEMONSTRATION by Sasha Litvintseva, Beny Wagner (DE/NL/GB, caSk Films)

Number of Films Shown About 260 features and shorts in 2018.

Media Coverage regional print and TV coverage as well as national and international specialist press.

Evaluation After Toronto and Montreal one of the largest festivals in Canada. The festival program emphasises on non-Hollywood films, with an emphasis on non-fiction and Asian films. The festival offers an intimate setting with well-organised guest services and also hosts a four-day Trade Forum for business and trade opportunities, as one of Vancouver's main trade points is the film industry.

Services The festival covers the shipping costs for the invited films, or share them with other events involved in the arrangement.

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