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VIFF at Home

Savour excellent cinema in the safety of your own home! VIFF has teamed up with independent film distributors to offer a unique selection for your viewing pleasure.

We hope you will enjoy these VIFF curated streaming options in the knowledge that a significant portion of your rental fee – between 40 and 80% - goes to support and sustain our operations at VIFF during this challenging time.

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VIFF Update

We’re excited to confirm that our 39th edition will take place this September. COVID-19 restrictions will impact our event’s logistics but they can’t shackle our creativity. We look forward to sharing our plans with you in late June...more

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Adults in the Room
Costa Gavras, France/Greece, 2019
Greek filmmaker Costa-Gavras has made a career out of shaping current events into charged political dramas like Z, Missing, and The Ax. At 87 he is still going strong, and his latest is a fascinating expose of the behind-the-scenes shenanigans when Greece elected a radical leftwing government in 2015 with a challenging remit to end austerity but stay in the Euro.
$12.00 (CAD)
Heimat is a Space in Time
Thomas Heise, Germany, 2019
Filmmaker Thomas Heise chronicles three generations in his family history through their letters, archives and official documents, and produces, among other things, a history of Germany that takes in two World Wars, the Holocaust, Nazism, Communism, and the fall of the Berlin Wall, all through a lens that is simultaneously intimate and distant, emotional and intellectual. This is a deep dive, but a movie you will long remember.
$7.99 (USD)
Lucky Grandma
Sasie Sealy, USA, 2019
Veteran Asian American actress Tsai Chin (Joy Luck Club; Casino Royale) gets the role of a lifetime in this unexpected black comic crime drama from debut filmmaker Sasie Sealy. Chin is Grandma Wong, a widow who lucks into a fortune on a trip to the casino, problem being it’s not strictly speaking her money, in fact a certain Triad gang seems to think it belongs to them. Undaunted, Grandma finds herself a bodyguard, Big Pong. Carnage ensues…
$9 (USD)
Zombi Child
Bertrand Bonello, France, 2019
With films like Nocturama, Saint Laurent and House of Tolerance, Bertrand Bonello has established himself as one of the boldest and least predictable art house directors of the day. His latest is split between an elite French boarding school for girls (where teenage Melissa is inducted into a secret sorority) and Haiti in 1962, where a young man is transformed into the perfect farm labourer, a “zombi”. Part horror movie, part commentary on race and colonialism, Zombi Child is strikingly composed, politically provocative, and unlike any zombie movie you have seen before.
$12 (USD)

Also Streaming

Virtual Creator Talk: Graeme Manson
Thursday June 4, 5pm PDT (via Crowdcast)
Attention all passengers! Snowpiercer must finish its revolution, lest we all die. Based on the graphic novels and Bong Joon-Ho's film, this apocalyptic sci-fi epic is set in a frozen wasteland and deals with themes of class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival. Showrunner Graeme Manson will take us behind the high-velocity scenes and into the lives of the survivors who ride the icy rails on a 1001-car train. Currently airing on TNT and from May 25 on Netflix.


The VIFF Podcast brings you exclusive in-depth conversations with industry-leading filmmakers, creators and cultural luminaries recorded live at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Listen as Michael Moore, Jane Goodall, Rob McElhenney and RZA (just to name a few) share candour and insights into their creative process.

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Episode 4: RZA

In this episode, hip-hop producer, director and leader of legendary group, The Wu-Tang Clan, RZA discusses the influence kung-fu classics had on his music, his master-apprentice relationship with Quentin Tarantino and what happened to the four-hour cut of The Man With The Iron Fists.


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Wind back the clock and re-visit your favourite filmmaker conversations from over the years at VIFF.

We'll be highlighting some of the standout sessions on our channels, or you can dive into the archives on our Vimeo.

All Kinds of Funny with 'Archer' Creator, Adam Reed
VIFF 2014 
Looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer for Season 11 of FXX’s Emmy-winning animated comedy series Archer, with the network announcing the May 6 premiere date has been pushed due to COVID-19-related production delays. In the mean time, take a look back at this session from VIFF 2014 with Archer creator Adam Reed who talks about his creative process, working with guest stars (including Burt Reynolds) and finding the balance between "the feels and the funny".
Anatomy of a Scene: Helen Shaver, Director, Orphan Black
VIFF 2015
Every great TV series is epitomized by a few moments of sheer screen magic and there is always one scene that comes back to haunt you well after the credits have rolled. In this in-depth scene analysis session from VIFF 2015, Orphan Black Director, Helen Shaver tracks the creative journey from script to screen for one of the show's most powerful and challenging scenes. Sponsored by Director's Guild of Canada. Hosted by Tim Goodman.
Being Charlie Kaufman
VIFF 2009 
We're very excited for the upcoming release of Charlie Kaufman's film adaptation of Iain Reid's novel I'm Thinking of Ending Things for Netflix. While we're waiting, check out our VIFF session with Charlie from 2009, where he talks about his process writing Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Second Time Around
VIFF 1999 
Hear Doug Liman, Alexander Payne and Jeremy Podeswa talk about the trials and tribulations of writing, directing and distributing their 2nd features in this (black & white) throwback to VIFF's 1999 Trade Forum. All three panelists went on to become award-winning filmmakers, with hits like The Bourne Identity, The Descendants and Game of Thrones on their individual filmographies.


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