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Image description: a collage of images from the 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival. Filmmakers accepting awards, creators in question and answer sessions.

Submissions 

37th Vancouver International Film Festival
September 27-October 12, 2018

 

"As one of the largest film festivals in North America, VIFF concerns itself with building the right audience for accepted movie makers..." - MovieMaker
 

The Vancouver International Film Festival produces screenings, talks and events as a catalyst for a diverse community to discover, discuss and share the creativity and craft of storytelling on screen.
 
In 2018, VIFF will screen more than 200 features and 100 shorts in a showcase of exceptional films from around the world. In addition to being home to one of the world’s largest showcases of contemporary Canadian cinema, VIFF also offers extensive documentary programming and takes great pride in championing international cinema's most exciting new voices. Our long-standing Dragons & Tigers film series has helped launch some of Asia's top talent and we’ve routinely identified some of the boldest emerging filmmakers in independent cinema. Bong Joon Ho (Okja), Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann) and Miguel Gomes (Arabian Nights) are but a few of the now-renowned filmmakers who attended VIFF early in their careers. Furthermore, we’ll once again expand the frame to include talks, workshops, performances and other unique Films+ events that celebrate innovations in film, television and digital media.

 
"A festival for a public of cinephiles that treats its foreign visitors with the greatest amount of care" -  Senses of Cinema

"One of the best in North America" - David Bordwell


2018 Submission Deadlines & Fees

Have any questions about film submissions? Check our  Submissions FAQ . Most of your answers can be found there.
 

International Narrative Features
Open to non-Canadian narrative films with runtimes over 25 minutes.
Deadline Entry Fee
Early Deadline - April 27, 2018 $60.00
Regular Deadline - June 8, 2018 $75.00
Extended Deadline - June 22, 2018 $90.00

International Documentary Features
Open to non-Canadian nonfiction films with runtimes over 25 minutes.
Deadline Entry Fee
Early Deadline -  April 27, 2018 $60.00
Regular Deadline - June 8, 2018 $75.00
Extended Deadline - June 22, 2018 $90.00

International Shorts
Open to non-Canadian narrative and nonfiction films with runtimes of 25 minutes or less.
Deadline Entry Fee
Early Deadline - April 27, 2018 $45.00
Regular Deadline - June 8, 2018 $50.00
Extended Deadline - June 22, 2018 $55.00

Canadian Features/Documentaries
Open to narrative and documentary films with runtimes over 25 minutes directed by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with Canada listed as one of the countries of production OR with 51% or more Canadian financing.
Deadline Entry Fee
Early Deadline - May 11, 2018 $40.00
Regular Deadline - June 8, 2018 $50.00
Extended Deadline - June 22, 2018 $60.00

Canadian Shorts
Open to narrative and documentary films with runtimes of 25 minutes or less directed by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with Canada listed as one of the countries of production OR with 51% or more Canadian financing.
Deadline Entry Fee
Early Deadline - May 11, 2018 $20.00
Regular Deadline - June 8, 2018 $25.00
Extended Deadline - June 22, 2018 $30.00

Be sure to thoroughly review our Regulations (CDN) or Regulations (INTL) before submitting.

 

ANY QUESTIONS?

 
Have you checked out our Submissions FAQ?
Didn’t find the answer you needed? Email either international.submissions@viff.org or canadian.submissions@viff.org.

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