Founded in 1982, the Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society is a not-for-profit cultural society whose mandate is to encourage the understanding of other nations through the art of cinema, to foster the art of cinema, to facilitate the meeting in British Columbia of cinema professionals from around the world and to stimulate the motion picture industry in British Columbia and Canada.
The society has three units: the annual Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF; see "Description" below), the Film & Television Forum, and the Vancouver International Film Centre.
The Film & Television Forum is the foremost film industry event in Western Canada. It is geared to the professional development of the film, television and new media communities and connects delegates with the best and brightest in the business.
The Vancouver International Film Centre enables the society to screen independent Canadian and foreign documentaries and features for Vancouver audiences year-round.
VIFF is among the top five film festivals in North America, with 150,000 admissions and 380 films from 75 countries.
The 16-day festival is a microcosm of its home city: cosmopolitan, friendly, culturally complex, laid-back and accessible. VIFF’s slogan is “Same Planet. Different Worlds.”
Films are exhibited within 10 main programming strands. Three of these are pillars of the festival and help make it unique: the major Nonfiction Features section (42% of the 232 feature-length films screened in 2009 were docs); the popular Canadian Images program makes VIFF the biggest showcase of Canadian film in the world; and the Dragons & Tigers: The Cinemas of East Asia program is the largest exhibition of East Asian film outside that region.
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