FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: April 4

Sabaku

When Sabaku's best friend, the buffalo, passes away, he needs to find himself a new friend. He tries connecting with different species, but soon finds out it isn't as easy as it seems.

Sabaku

When Sabaku's best friend, the buffalo, passes away, he needs to find himself a new friend. He tries connecting with different species, but soon finds out it isn't as easy as it seems.

Sing

Mindenki

In Hungarian with English subtitles.

Zsofi is struggling to fit in at her new school, and singing in the school's famous choir is her only consolation. Zsofi eventually becomes friends with Liza, and they discover the secret to their choir's success. A pointed comment on the moral bankruptcy of winning at all costs, you’ll be cheering for Sing at the Oscars--it is short-listed for best live-action short!

Stems

Stop-motion animation can be complex or simple, but it starts in the same place: your imagination. Director Ainslie Henderson builds a musical world of pure artistry from found objects. Stems won the prestigious McLaren Award for Best New Animation.

Stems

Stop-motion animation can be complex or simple, but it starts in the same place: your imagination. Director Ainslie Henderson builds a musical world of pure artistry from found objects. Stems won the prestigious McLaren Award for Best New Animation.

The Owl And The Lemming

In the tradition of Inuit oral storytelling, a young owl is ready to eat the lemming it found for dinner, but will the clever lemming have the last laugh? Viewers may be familiar with the classic Co Hoedeman adaptation of the story; in this updated version, the audience is invited to take on the lemming’s perspective.

The Owl And The Lemming

In the tradition of Inuit oral storytelling, a young owl is ready to eat the lemming it found for dinner, but will the clever lemming have the last laugh? Viewers may be familiar with the classic Co Hoedeman adaptation of the story; in this updated version, the audience is invited to take on the lemming’s perspective.

The Sun At Midnight

In English and some Gwich'in with English subtitles.

OPENING NIGHT FILM | VANCOUVER PREMIERE

*The Opening Party will be held in the VIFF Vacnity Theatre atrium, after the screening (April 2). Entrance included with a valid ticket for the film.*

Lia, a 16 year-old artsy city kid, is sent to live with her Gwich’in grandmother in the Northwest Territories. Desperate to return to the urban centre, she sets out into the vast wilderness. Alfred, a taciturn hunter, finds her and reluctantly persuades her to join his search for the missing caribou since she is clearly unprepared to survive the elements. Filled with hope and challenging truths, each frame is punctuated with intimate details of  day-to-day life in the subarctic and its magnificent landscapes. It will come as no surprise that lead, and award-winning actress Devery Jacobs (Rhymes for Young Ghouls) was shortlisted to play Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Local Vancouverite, Duane Howard (The Revenant), offers up a layered performance as Alfred. Howard and Jacobs generate a magnetic chemistry, inviting the audience on an emotional and visceral journey through the North.

The Teeny-Weeny Fox

Le Renard Minuscule

No dialogue.

In the middle of a luscious garden, a teeny-weeny fox meets a mischievous little girl with a watering can and some magic seeds. Whatever she waters, it sprouts, grows, and thrives. By coincidence, they realise they can grow objects too. The clever little devils think up all sorts of things to do.

The Teeny-Weeny Fox

Le Renard Minuscule

No dialogue.

In the middle of a luscious garden, a teeny-weeny fox meets a mischievous little girl with a watering can and some magic seeds. Whatever she waters, it sprouts, grows, and thrives. By coincidence, they realise they can grow objects too. The clever little devils think up all sorts of things to do.

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