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The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWIFF) is a hub of screenings, dialogue and discussion, and includes a Screenplay Competition, an Awards Ceremony, Gala events and receptions, workshops, artist talks, panel presentations and more. It takes place in March, usually opening on International Women’s Day and brings together Vancouver audiences with local and international filmmakers to showcase the best in cinema created by women.
The festival is mandated to screen works where women fill at least three of the key creative roles (defined as Writer, Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer and Lead Performer). Founded in 2006, VIWIFF is one of only three such festivals in Canada. Eastern Canada has the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, and Central Canada has Toronto’s Female Eye Film Festival.
Festival programming aims to reflect the diversity and artistic quality of films made by women. Programmed by a committee, deliberations are informed by a broadly-based community film evaluation team that includes local filmmakers, film academics, actors, writers, film industry professionals and film lovers and represents a range of ages, ethnicities, artistic concerns and genders.
The vision of the Vancouver Women in Film Festival is to: