The Vancouver International Film Festival is a movie festival based out of the Vancity Theatre that takes place from late September until mid-October.
2020’s festival ran from Thursday, September 24th, until Friday, October 7th, but it was an online event. The 2021 edition ran from October 1st to October 11th, with both in-person screenings and online streams.
The next Vancouver International Film Festival takes place from September 29th until October 9th in 2022.
Vancouver Film Festival
The Vancouver International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in North America. It’s typically attended by well over 100,000 people and features more than 300 films each year.
The festival showcases internationally-acclaimed and award-winning films as well as lesser known movies. It also boasts the largest selection of Asian-produced films of any festival outside of Asia, and one of the largest collections of Canadian-made productions anywhere.
Many of the films at the Vancouver International Film Festival are in English, but a significant number are also in other languages with English subtitles. Films from over 70 different countries are typically featured and all in their original soundtracks and languages.
2022 marks the 41st anniversary of the Vancouver International Film Festival. Every genre of film is featured most years including action movies, comedies, dramas, documentaries, science fiction films, horror movies and more.
There were over 110 feature films shown in 2021, in addition to many short films, talks and more. In 2022, organizers expect to show about 120 feature films plus 80 short films and other events. Exact details are to be confirmed.
The Vancouver International Film Festival features numerous films from all across the globe. To help attendees find movies they might be interested in, films are organized by screening dates, content types, genres, themes, theatre venues, titles and countries of origin.
For information about films from 2021, visit the Vancouver International Film Festival website. Films that were available both online and in-person included Bipolar from China, White Cube from the Netherlands, Brother’s Keeper from Turkey, Islands from Canada, along with many other films from around the world.
Admission prices at the Vancouver International Film Festival vary depending on your age and the type of event. Prices from 2021 are listed below. For the most part, prices ranged from $10 to $15. 2022 prices may or may not be similar.
(Note: Prices and other details were subject to change.)
2021 Regular Screenings
- Adults: $15
- Students (ages 19+): $10
- Seniors (ages 65+): $13
- People requiring wheelchair accessible seating: $13
Tickets to watch a film from home cost $10 per person or $15 per household. Tickets for in-person special presentations were around $17 each. Attending a VIFF Talk in-person cost $15, while attending one online cost $10.
Note: VIFF memberships are included in the prices above.
Ticket Packs and Festival Passes
For movie lovers planning to attend multiple film screenings, ticket packs and festival passes are a good way to save money. Below were the regular rates for multi-ticket packages in 2021.
- 4 Ticket Pack: $48 (i.e., $12 per show)
- VIFF Connect Pass: $80 per person or $110 per household.
- Festival Pass: $725
Note: All ticket packs and passes were subject to availability, so admission to all shows wasn’t guaranteed in all cases.
Ticket Purchase Options
Tickets can normally be purchased in three different ways: (1) online, (2) in-person before the festival starts at the Vancity Theatre at 1181 Seymour Street beginning in mid-September, or (3) during regular box office hours at any of the festival’s various participating theatres between the first and last day of the festival.
Film Festival Venues
Participating theatres and their locations are listed below.
- The Annex – located at 823 Seymour Street in Vancouver.
- The Hollywood Theatre – located at 3123 W Broadway Street in Vancouver.
- The Kay Meek Arts Centre – located at 1700 Mathers Avenue.
- SFU Woodwards – located at 149 West Hastings Street (near Abbott Street).
- The Cinémathèque – located at 1131 Howe Street (near Helmcken Street).
- Vancouver Playhouse – located at 600 Hamilton Street (near Dunsmuir Street).
- Rio Theatre – located at 1660 East Broadway (by Commercial Drive). Note: this is a licensed venue and audience members must be age 19+ and have valid ID.
- VIFF Vancity and Studio Theatres – located at 1181 Seymour Street (near Davie Street).
About the Film Festival
The festival is hosted by the Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society which is a non-profit organization that also looks after the year-round programming of the Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre.
Below is a list of other information that’s good to know.
- VIFF Festival Memberships are valid year-round at the Vancity Theatre.
- As the majority of VIFF films are not rated, in most cases attendees need to be at least 18 years of age (and 19+ for films at The Rio Theatre because it’s a licensed establishment, meaning that alcoholic beverages are available there during the show).
- All VIFF films are shown in their original languages with English subtitles.
For more information about the event click Vancouver International Film Festival.
And for details about other major events in Metro Vancouver, click Festivals & Events.
Other film festivals at other times of the year include the following:
- South African Film Festival (in March)
- DOXA Documentary Film Festival (in May)
- Vancouver Horror Show (in October)
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s September Calendar
- Vancouver’s October Calendar
- Thanksgiving in Vancouver
- Lower Mainland Fall Activities