Vancouver Asian film festival

November 1, 2018

November 4, 2018

$10 to $75

Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas, 88 W Pender St, Vancouver


Events Description


VAFF is the longest running Asian film festival in Canada. It was founded in 1995 and debuted in September 1997. Since then, tens of thousands of film lovers have experienced a diverse selection of North American-Asian and international films.

Each year VAFF attracts close to 4,000 audience members over its four-day festival and year round events. It also reaches many more through word of mouth, pre-festival events, and traditional and social media throughout the year.

The VAFF2018 lineup will feature 35 films, 13 film programs, 4 parties, and 2 industry panels, including the public premiere of the “We Heart Canada + Japan 90” film project, celebrating the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Canada with the partnership of The Japan Foundation, Toronto and the Consulate General Of Japan in Vancouver.


• The Canadian premiere of the Opening Night film “Dead Pigs”: The intertwining fates of five individuals shines a light on class struggle in a rapidly changing modern China, from director Cathy Yan, the first Asian woman to direct a DC Comics franchise movie “Birds of Prey”. Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2018, where it took home the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Acting.

• The Canadian Spotlight of “Stand Up Man”: The only thing standing between you and your dreams is everything, from director Aram Collier.

• The Centrepiece Spotlight is the Vancouver premiere of Filipino-American filmmaker Alexandra Cuerdo’s “ULAM: Main Dish”: A food documentary following the rise of the Filipino food movement via the chefs crossing over to the centre of the American table.

• Canadian female filmmaker Domee Shi’s “Bao”: An aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy.

• The Canadian premiere of S. Louisa Wei’s documentary
”Havana Divas 古巴花旦”: Two stage sisters living in an era of revolution, four opera trips crossing the ocean of time.

• The Vancouver premiere of “Badass Beauty Queen: The Story of Anastasia Lin”: The story behind Miss World contestant Anastasia Lin using her most powerful weapon, her beauty, to stand up for human rights, by director Theresa Kowall-Shipp.

• Our Closing Night presentation, the Canada premiere of Alex Chu’s “For Izzy”: The lives of a recovering queer addict and her single mother change forever when they move in next door to a widowed father and his adult daughter with autism.

VAFF is dedicated to promoting and celebrating the diversity and depth of Asian culture and identity in film and media, and to help North American Asian actors and filmmakers more authentically and more powerfully define and express themselves on screen. Through its annual film festival and many other programs and events hosted in Vancouver, VAFF’s mission is to be the “go-to” forum for the public and the film industry to engage in and support the rise of Asian influence in film and media in the world. VAFF envisions a world where North American Asian actors and filmmakers have the resources and opportunities to shape mainstream culture in a powerful and positive way.

Who is it for?

All ages


Tickets : $10 to $75

Spotlight Films Series Prices:
$20 | Opening Night Film
$15 | Canadian Spotlight, Centrepiece Spotlight, Closing Film Screenings

Regular Screenings:
$12 | Documentary Features, Late Night Features, Shorts Programs
$10 | STUDENT RATE (MUST Present School ID) & SENIOR RATE (applicable to Documentary Features, Late Night Features, and Shorts Programs only)

VAFF Industry Insight Panels:
$15 | Single panel
$25 | All panels

How to get tickets?

At the boxoffice

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Date & Time:
November 1 to 4, 2018 – Schedule


Nov 1, 2018 | Thursday | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Nov 1, 2018 | Thursday | 6:00 pm | Opening Night Red Carpet
Nov 2, 2018 | Friday | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Nov 3, 2018 | Saturday | 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Nov 4, 2018 | Sunday | 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Venue & Address :

Cineplex Odeon International Village, 88 W. Pender St., Vancouver

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