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VIFF at Home

VIFF is teaming up with independent distributors to offer curated online streaming opportunities: the chance to savour some of the movies we had planned to present at Vancity Theatre this spring in the safety of your own home.

Half of your on-demand screening fee will come back to VIFF to help us weather these unprecedented times.

Thanks for your support and please enjoy, share, and come back for more online programming soon.

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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".
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.


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.

Subscribe now via your favourite podcast provider to get VIFF in your eardrums.

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Episode 1: Michael Moore

For our first podcast episode, we present a conversation with Oscar-winning director, activist and political pundit Michael Moore, recorded live at VIFF 2019. The talk followed a 30th-anniversary screening of Moore's groundbreaking documentary, Roger & Me.

Speaking to The Early Edition's Stephen Quinn, Moore shares his thoughts on Canada, Justin Trudeau and how the themes in Roger & Me still resonate 30 years on.


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10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki
NHK (2019)
Japanese broadcaster NHK has made this exclusive 4-part documentary chronicling the creative process of the legendary Studio Ghibli filmmaker available for free in English and subtitled versions. He is shown as a passionate artisan, a steadfast trailblazer, and a father butting heads with his son.
40 Days to Learn Film
dir. Mark Cousins (2020)
Indefatigable Irish cinephile Mark Cousins will be familiar to VIFF audiences for his nonfiction essays The Eyes of Orson Welles and A Story of Children and Film, as well as his magnum opus, The Story of Film. Holed up in his Edinburgh home last week, he fashioned this typically unorthodox and stimulating alternative take on film studies.
The American Nurse
dir. Carolyn Jones (2014)
As a tribute to our frontline medical workers, Kino is offering Carolyn Jones’ acclaimed 2014 documentary feature for free streaming. Jones follows five caregivers going about their daily work and builds up a compassionate and moving portrait of dedication and sacrifice.
The Green Fog
dir. Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson (2017)
This multi-experiential, visual and sound collage created by award-winning filmmaker and cultural iconoclast Guy Maddin and collaborators Evan and Galen Johnson (The Forbidden Room) re-imagines Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. Originally commissioned by SFFILM with support from Nion McEvoy and Stanford Live, The Green Fog features the world-renowned Kronos Quartet performing a score composed by Jacob Garchik.
Indigenous Cinema Collection
dir. Various (1917 -2018)
Discover the NFB’s rich online collection of Indigenous-made films.
International Documentary Film Festival
dir. Various
The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam is arguably the most prestigious non fiction film festival in the world. You can stream hundreds of docs of all lengths here, most of them for free, on every topic under the sun

A 6 Pack of BC Shorts
dir. Various
Not only do these shorts showcase the talent of filmmakers who call this city home, they also take us into areas of the city, suburbs and province that currently lay beyond our reach. Whether it’s a retelling of a Langley schoolyard scuffle, a journey to an industrial ghost town, or a ride along with Vancouver taxi drivers, these are films - and filmmakers - deserving of discovery.
Perfumed Dreaming
dir. Kathleen Hepburn (2020)
Perfumed Dreaming is a new short (5 min) film from Kathleen Hepburn (Never Steady, Never Still; The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open) linking the birth of her nephew with memories of her late mother.
SXSW 2020 Shorts
dir. Various
We are proud to support the efforts of Oscilloscope Laboratories and Mailchimp in their partnership to launch the #SupportTheShorts platform, a free website now streaming the Official SXSW 2020 Short Films. While there's no replacing the theatrical experience, we are glad to see these shorts made available to the world now. Join us in celebrating the achievements of these filmmakers!

VIFF Blog Weekly Roundup
by Dan Sallitt
One doesn’t expect consistency of style from a production company, especially one with a mission statement proclaiming “a focus on unique, director-driven projects.” And yet one gets a bit of it from MDFF (Medium Density Fiberboard Films), the Toronto-based imprint of Kazik Radwanski and Daniel Montgomery...


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