Vancouver International Film Festival - Celebrating the 40th festival!
With over 110 feature films, 75+ shorts, talks and conferences there is lots to discover at VIFF 2021. Take a moment to explore the dynamic program featuring some of the best cinema and creative voices from around the globe.
You can enjoy the full cinematic experience at our friendly, safe festival venues and stream over 80% of the festival program on VIFF Connect. Big screen or small, VIFF is excited to share our 2021 program with film fans in Vancouver and across the country.
Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
When: October 27 - November 7 2021
Where: Various venues around the Downtown Eastside
Cost: Many events are free [all require registration]
The 2021 event features more than 100 live and online events over 12 days, including music, stories, poetry, theatre, ceremony, films, readings, forums, workshops, discussions, art talks, history talks, and visual art exhibitions.
This year’s theme is “Stories We Need to Hear”. It’s one that resonates as the community grapples with the dramatic impact of the pandemic, ongoing displacement, the fentanyl crisis, and the reality of bigotry and systemic racism.
Among the many highlights are Art in the Streets, with surprise pop-up music and spoken word activities on sidewalks and small plazas throughout the historic district; We Live Here, a large-scale outdoor installation projecting hyper-speed videos of Downtown Eastside artists’ works, produced by Radix Theatre; and Honouring Our Grandmothers Healing Journey Launch features three days of ceremony, teachings and storytelling honouring grandmothers who travelled to the Downtown Eastside (with Further We Rise Collective and Wild Salmon Caravan).
There are lots more events on our Arts & Culture page and Music & Movies page. Click below and check it out!