About 2021

Festival information

Welcome to the
16th Annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival

Resilience. Challenge. Change.

This year’s virtual festival showcases an international lineup of short- and feature-length films, from narrative and documentary to experimental and animation—celebrating the complexity and diversity of ways girls and women choose to challenge, overcome, and inspire—themselves, each other, their communities, and our world today.

VIWFF is produced annually by Women In Film and Television Vancouver (WIFTV), a member-driven, not-for-profit society founded in 1989, which addresses systemic barriers to women’s equal participation in screen-based media. Now in its 16th year, VIWFF continues to provide a platform for challenging gender imbalance and the lack of equity and diversity in the screen-based media industry.

VIWFF 2021 is proud to showcase a majority of women filmmakers and creatives, including the stories and voices of Canadian and international Black, Indigenous and Women of Colour, Women with Disabilities, LGBTQ2++ Women, and Gender Diverse people, in an international, multi-genre selection of 6 feature films and 26 shorts, from 16 countries. VIWFF 2021 also hosts an International Women’s Day panel, a genre panel, a Screenplay Competition Finalist artist talk, table reads of script excerpts from its Tricksters and Writers Indigenous writing program, a Digital Marketing workshop, and the Best of the Fest awards announcements.

We are located on the unceded traditional and ancestral homelands of the land of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

  Read our media release

See our media coverage

February 25, 2021
News1130 / Interview with Marena / Dix Jon Szekeres

February 25, 2021
Toronto Star / Women in Film Festival features two B.C. filmmakers / Zoë Ducklow / Syndicated

March 1, 2021
Broadway World / VIFF Celebrates International Women’s Day with a Month of Programming / Staff

March 1, 2021
Tehran Times / Vancouver film festival to screen “Doll”, “Song Sparrow” from Iran

March 1, 2021
Miss604 / Vancouver International Women in Film Festival / Rebecca Bollwit

March 2, 2021
Stir Vancouver / Jessie Anthony’s Brother, I Cry continues to make an impact at Vancouver Women in Film Festival / Janet Smith

March 3, 2021
Vancouver Sun / Film festival looks to resilience, challenge and change as this year’s theme / Dana Gee

March 3, 2021
Occhimag / The 16th Annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWFF)

March 4, 2021
CTV Morning Live / Vancouver International Women in Film Festival

March 5, 2021
CBC Radio Canada / Florence Pelletier Interview – Passages / Richard Theriault

March 5, 2021
CBC / Jessie Anthony with Gloria Macarenko / Gloria Macarenko

March 5, 2021
Global News / 16th annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival / Marena Dix

March 6, 2021
Global News / Jessie Anthony Interview Global – B.C. filmmaker participating in international film festival

Tickets & Pricing

Single Shorts Program/Feature Tickets
WIFTV/VIFF Connect Members$7
Festival Pass
WIFTV/VIFF Connect Members$30

All tickets and passes on sale via VIFF Connect.

  • A prerecorded Virtual Artist Talk with the filmmakers is included with each film program you watch on VIFF Connect. FREE!
  • All films available on demand March 4 – 14, 2021, via VIFF Connect and can be watched internationally
  • Purchase single-program tickets, or a pass to see all 6 features and 26 shorts
  • Once you start watching a film program, you will have 48 hours to finish watching

Our Team

Festival Production Team

Grace Chin
Interim Managing Director, WIFTV

Marena Dix
Chair, Festival Programming Committee, WIFTV

Patrycja Kamska
Festival and Communications Coordinator, WIFTV

Elly Ward
Festival Assistant, WIFTV

Nicola Pender
Media Relations, Pender PR

Kristi Alexandra + Brittany Tiplady
Digital Marketing, Loose Lips Media

Christian Malcolm
Livestream Coordinator, Tech Butlers

Erin Gleig
Video Editor, EMG Design

Karen Leung
Web Designer, Karen Leung Marketing + Design

Karen Cowl
Graphic Designer, Stripe Graphics

Alisha Weng + Chieh Huang
Creative Image, ChiehxChieh

Thank You,

Tech Butlers

Thank You,
Community Partners

Media Inquiries: nicola@penderpr.com