VIFF 2019: L.A. Tea Time

French-Canadian filmmaker Sophie Bédard Marcotte's documentary takes us on a road trip to Los Angeles in search of artistic direction. Read more

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VIFF Live—Beyond the Screen

The traditional cinematic experience is expanding to include live scoring, narrated documentaries and multimedia shows. Thoughts on new directions in storytelling and VIFF Live highlights from programmer Ken Tsui. Read more

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PuSh Festival 2019: Race Cards

A provocative art installation invites viewers to think about questions of race: in their lives, in the arts and in the wider world. Read more

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PuSh Festival 2019: Marginal Consort

A legendary Japanese improvisational quartet creates sounds both mesmerizing and unexpected. Read more

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PuSh Festival 2019: 100 Keyboards

A deep, immersive sound collage develops over an hour and a half, produced by toy keyboards. Read more

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VIFF 2018: Dreaming Under Capitalism

In this conceptual film, Belgians relate dreams about work. Read more

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VIFF 2018: United Skates

Roller skating is still going strong in America, but the predominantly African-American roller-rink culture is threatened by racist policy. Read more

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VIFF 2018: Shirkers

Sandi Tan tells the story of the strange and ambitious film she made in Singapore in the 1990s, and how it was lost and found. Read more

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VIFF 2018: Amateurs

Hilarity and social activism in a Swedish town when the local teenagers are invited to make a promotional film. Read more

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VIFF 2018: This Mountain Life

A mother and daughter undertake a months-long, dangerous trek from Vancouver to Alaska across the Coast Mountains. Read more

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VIFF 2018: Djon África

A member of the diaspora returns to Cape Verde for a low-key and impressionist homecoming. Read more

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VIFF 2018: Science Fair

Funny, charismatic and unbelievably smart high school students aspire to win at the International Science and Engineering Fair. Read more

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VIFF 2018: Canadian Short Films

Every kind of film under the sun: dozens of shorts explore personal history, landscape, memory and pathos. Read more

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VIFF 2018: Le Grand Bal

Wild and riotous French people dance all night long to fiddles and hurdy-gurdies and pipes. Read more

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VIFF 2018: The New Romantic

Sexual politics in the age of Tinder are portrayed with skill and insight in this Canadian comedy about a young woman who contemplates becoming a sugar baby. Read more

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VIFF 2018: The Proposal

A searing artistic investigation into who should own and control creative output. Read more

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VIFF 2018: Spice It Up

No one gets Rene's student film about teen girls who join the army, but will sacrificing her very specific vision mean better art or the loss of something flawed but worthwhile? Read more

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VIFF 2018: N.O.N.

Greg wanders around Vancouver, looking for a job. Read more

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VIFF 2018: Relaxer

Wow, what the heck is happening in this totally engrossing tale about a loser who sits on a couch? Read more

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VIFF 2018: What To See

How to choose which films to see this year? Biopics of Colette and Astrid Lindgren; documentaries about science fairs, guitar makers and yoga; weird films about time travel, zombies and playing Pac-Man as civilization crumbles. Read more

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