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Vancouver International Film Festival
Starting in late September each year, Vancouver is home to one of North America’s biggest film festivals. There’s no question that Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is a heavy-hitter, with more than 140,000 film fans enjoying 380 movies screened in the 16-day festival. But unlike other film festivals that can seem more about celebrities walking red carpets, VIFF is for staged for those that love and make films. All you have to do to get in to a showing is buy a ticket at the box office.
The festival is one of the largest showcases of Canadian films in the world, but the event also has a decided international flavour, screening films from over 70 countries. As you browse the program, you’ll also notice a largest selection of East Asian films—the most of any festival outside of that region, and a stellar line-up of documentary films. For film lovers, VIFF is an exciting time to be in Vancouver, but even casual movie fans will love the diversity and exploration that the festival encourages.