The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival returns with a lineup spotlighting talent from around the world. Put on by WIFT Vancouver, the five day celebration will take place from March 7th-11th at the VIFF Centre in Vancouver, and will feature in-person screenings, receptions, filmmaker panels, and more. VIWFF will include 37 films from 14 countries, made up of 19 Canadian films — with 9 from local BC filmmakers.
“VIWFF is back with an incredible program showcasing and supporting a wide range of voices from around the world. After two challenging and uncertain years, we’re thrilled to be offering a complete in-person film festival featuring 5 full days of screenings and Q&As, complemented by an extraordinary lineup of talks and events with some of the industry’s leading talents,” says Patrycja Mila Kamska, VIWFF’s Events and Programs Manager.
This year’s festival features filmmakers from around the globe including the opening night dramatic feature Broken Angel from award-winning writer/director Jules Koostachin, who also has the short film MisTik in the festival. The program includes the Western Canadian premiere of Some Women; a documentary about self love, by filmmaker Quen Wong who is Singapore’s first trans woman to direct a documentary feature and there are four Canadian premieres, and films Everybody Wants to Be Loved, Among Us Women, Las Abogadas: Attorneys on the Front Lines of the Migrant Crisis, and Expedition Reclamation. There will also be an exceptional shorts program and this year’s closing night film is Stellar from director Darlene Naponse starring Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Night Raiders, The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open).
The festival will also feature an International Women’s Day Advocacy Panel on March 8th, featuring major players in diversity and inclusion efforts.
The in-person component will be followed by a virtual festival from March 12th – 25th, 2023.
Check out the event schedule and full lineup here.
About WIFT Vancouver (WIFTV)
WIFTV is a member-based organization committed to creating an equitable screen-based industry for women and gender diverse people.