Vancouver International Film Festival
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
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
A HIDDEN LIFE by Terrence Malick (DE/US, Studio Babelsberg)
Contemporary World Cinema
A VOLUNTARY YEAR (DAS FREIWILLIGE JAHR) by Ulrich Köhler & Henner Winckler (Sutor Kolonko)
CHAINED by Yaron Shani (IL/DE, The Post Republic)
CHERRY BLOSSOMS & DEMONS (KIRSCHBLÜTEN UND DÄMONEN) by Doris Dörrie (Olga Film)
I WAS AT HOME, BUT… (ICH WAR ZU HAUSE, ABER…) by Angela Schanelec (DE/RS, Nachmittagfilm Angela Schanelec)
IT MUST BE HEAVEN by Elia Suleiman (FR/DE/CA/TK, Pallas Film)
LARA by Jan Ole Gerster (Schiwago Filmproduktion)
LITTLE JOE by Jessica Hausner (AT/GB/DE, Essential Filmproduktion)
SYNONYMS (SYNONYMES) by Nadav Lapid (FR/IL/DE, Komplizen Film)
THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF EURÍDICE GUSMÃO by Karim Aïnouz (BR/DE, Pola Pandora)
THE WHISTLERS by Corneliu Porumboiu (RU/FR/DE, Komplizen Film)
YULI by Icíar Bollaín (ES/CU/GB/DE, Match Factory Production)
BEYOND THE VISIBLE - HILMA OF KLINT by Halina Dyrschka (Ambrosia Film)
CUNNINGHAM by Alla Kovgan (DE/US/FR, Achtung Panda! media)
YEARS OF CONSTRUCTION by Heinz Emigholz (Heinz Emigholz Filmproduktion, Kunsthalle Mannheim)
THE CAVE by Feras Fayyad (DK/DE, ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion)
OFF SEASON by Henning Beckhoff (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)
RESISTANCE FIGHTERS by Michael Wech (Broadview Pictures)
THE WHALE AND THE RAVEN by Mirjam Leuze (DE/CA, busse & halberschmidt)
I SIGNED THE PETITION by Mahdi Fleifel (GB/DE/CH)
L’ÉTOILE DE MER (THE STARFISH) by Maya Schweizer
UMBRA by Florian Fischer & Johannes Krell (DE/US, ROSENPICTURES Filmproduktion
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.