While the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is Vancouver's most famous film festival, it's just one of the diverse array of film festivals that come to Vancouver every year.
This quick guide offers a list of Vancouver Film Festivals, so cinephiles won't miss a thing!
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DOXA, presented by the non-profit Documentary Media Society, is Western Canada's largest documentary film festival; it brings the best in independent and Canadian documentaries to Vancouver every May. As the Edmonton Journal says, DOXA "presents outstanding and challenging films audiences can’t see anywhere else."
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Following the Vancouver Pride Parade and Pride Festival (which always takes place in early August), this annual film fest brings the best queer independent cinema to Vancouver.
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Operated by the Pacific Cinémathèque Pacifique, one of the most active film organizations in North America, The Cinémathèque not only plays host to many of the film festivals on this list--including the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Queer Film Festival, and the EU Film Festival--it also has its own cinema series, e.g., Summer 2014's Film Noir series. You can find their Program Guide around Metro Vancouver, or online, and find wonderfully curated films year-round.