Events 2021


Our livestream panels, workshop, artist talk, table reads, and Best of the Fest awards announcements are hosted on Zoom and are free of charge.

A prerecorded Virtual Artist Talk with the filmmakers is included with each film program you watch on VIFF Connect.

Choose your events, and join the livestream, below.

Best of the Fest
5 pm / March 7 / Features and Shorts Winners
5 pm / March 14 / Impact Award and Screenplay Competition Winners

Awards announcements for Official Selection Features and Shorts, and the International Screenplay Competition. Hosted by Sabrina Furminger, YVR Screen Scene.

Watch a recording of the March 7 awards announcements:

Features & Shorts Award Winners:

  • Best Feature: Ala Kachuu—Take and Run / Produced by Nadine Lüchinger, Flavio Gerber
  • Best Short: In This Land We’re Briefly Ghosts / Produced by Chen-Wen Lo
  • Best Direction, Feature: Maria Brendle / Ala Kachuu—Take and Run
  • Best Direction, Short: Chen-Wen Lo / In This Land We’re Briefly Ghosts 
  • Best Cinematography, Feature: Priyanka Biswas, Debalina Majumder / Holy Rights 
  • Best Cinematography, Short: Eleanor Bowman / The Grass Ceiling 
  • Best Editing, Feature: Jeanne Slater / The Curse of Willow Song 
  • Best Editing, Short: Josephine Anderson / On Falling 
  • Best Screenplay, Feature: Jessie Anthony / Brother, I Cry 
  • Best Screenplay, Short: Chen-Wen Lo / In This Land We’re Briefly Ghosts 
  • Best Performance, Feature: Alina Turdumamatova / Ala Kachuu—Take and Run
    • Honourable Mention: Valerie Tian / The Curse of Willow Song 
  • Best Performance, Short: Rhona Rees / FREYA 

Watch a recording of the March 14 Awards Announcements:

Impact Award & Screenplay Competition Awards Winners:

  • Best Documentary, Feature: Birth Time: the documentary / Produced by Zoe Naylor, Jerusha Sutton, Jo Hunter
  • Best Documentary, Short: On Falling / Produced by Joella Cabalu
  • Impact Award, Feature: Holy Rights / Produced by Priyanka More
    • Honourable Mention: Passages / Produced by Samuel Trudelle, Florence Pelletier, Caroline Côte
  • Impact Award, Short: êmîcêtôcêt—Many Bloodlines / Produced by Alex Bailey
  • Ken Hayward Screenplay Competition Award: Lulu Keating / Klondike Kalahari

IWD Advocacy: #ChoosetoChallenge
12 pm / March 8, 2021

VIWFF, in collaboration with WIFT Canada Coalition, hosts a conversation with major government film and television funding agencies and organizations as we challenge ourselves—and the systems that support our film and television industry in Canada—to become more inclusive and representative.

This year, we have invited the organizations to report on gender equity, with a focus on intersectionality within their work on gender equity. In particular we have invited them to speak about their progress and plans toward equitable representation and opportunities for Indigenous women, Black women, Women of Colour, Women with Disabilities, LGBTQ2++ Women, and Gender Diverse people in their funding programs. This focus is in keeping with the 2021 International Women’s Day theme of #ChoosetoChallenge.

Moderated by Ana de Lara, Vice President, Women in Film and Television Vancouver.


  • Valerie Creighton, CEO, Canada Media Fund
  • Christa Dickenson, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada
  • Prem Gill, CEO, Creative BC
  • Jill Golick, Women in View
  • Joan Jenkinson, Executive Director, Black Screen Office
  • Claude Joli-Coeur, Government Film Commissioner/ Chair, National Film Board of Canada
  • Doreen Manuel, WIFTV Board of Directors / BOSA Centre for Film + Animation, Capilano University
  • Barbara Williams, Executive Vice President, CBC

  Read Panelist Bios

Watch a recording of IWD Advocacy: #ChoosetoChallenge:

Event sponsor: 

From Our Dark Side Keynote + Finalists
11 am / March 9, 2021

A keynote from Diana Williams, Founder, Kinetic Energy Entertainment, followed by a panel with the five Finalist creative teams of this year’s From Our Dark Side genre development incubator. Moderated by Lindsay Peters, From Our Dark Side program director.

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  • The Apartment: Becky Parsons (Producer)
  • Dark Woods: Berkley Brady (Director/Writer/Producer)
  • Mid Life: Alyson Richards (Director/Writer)
  • Red Wings: Kate Kroll (Director)
  • Transvengeance: Kaye Adelaide (Director/Writer)

Watch a recording of the From Our Dark Side Keynote + Finalists Panel:

Program sponsors: Creative BC, Telefilm Canada
Program partner: Frontières International Co-Production Market

Artist Talk:
Screenplay Competition Finalists
12 pm / March 10, 2021

A conversation with the ten finalists of this year’s VIWFF Screenplay Competition. Moderated by Joan Macbeth, Screenplay Competition program coordinator.

Screenplay Competition Finalists:

  • Isobel Bradbury & Isabella Vergun – Exes and Ohs – Feature (USA)
  • Morgan Brayton – Flannery & Flannery – TV Pilot (Canada)
  • Kaili Capito – Regression – Feature (USA)
  • Charlotte Daniel – We Were Never Meant to Survive – Feature (UK)
  • Helen Doremus – Romanza – Feature (USA)
  • Tihemme Gagnon – PB&J – Feature (Canada)
  • Arielle Haller-Silverstone – Family Politics – TV Pilot (USA)
  • Lulu Keating – Klondike Kalahari – Feature (Canada)
  • Nubia Rahim – Pedal Power – Feature (USA)
  • Isabella Vergun – Sean Glick F*cks the World – Feature (USA)

 Read Finalist Bios

Watch a recording of the Screenplay Competition Finalists Artist Talk:

Competition Sponsor: The International Screenwriter’s Association

Table Reads:
Tricksters and Writers

Workshopped actor table reads of scripts/script excerpts from WIFTV’s Tricksters and Writers film writing program for Indigenous women. Facilitated by Renae Morriseau.

Guests are invited to listen. Register if you’d like to attend.

7 pm / March 12
Queen of East Van by Brenda Prince
One Who Knows by Shilo Nyce
The Words We Can’t Speak by Lindsay McIntyre (excerpt)

4 pm / March 13
Sadie’s Move by Shaelyn Johnston

Actors (for all readings): Shauna Baker, Sam Bob, Joyce Delaronde, Asivak Koostachin, Shane Leydon, Oivia Lucas, Taninli Wright

Event Sponsor: Indigenous Digital Filmmaking Program, Capilano University

Program Sponsors: Matrix Production Services, CMPA- BC Producers Branch, Final Draft, TELUS Storyhive, Line 21, Creative BC, BC Arts Council 

Digital Marketing with Annelise Larson
11 am / March 13, 2021

“How to Build a Basic Digital Strategy for Your Film” with Annelise Larson, digital strategist,

Amazing story, content and experiences have never been more accessible online. But not many of them find success. Why? Most lack a strategic approach that leverages all we can know about our specific digital audiences. In this workshop, digital strategist and mentor Annelise Larson will walk you through how to create an audience led digital strategy document, following a simple process and basic template (that will be provided to participants after the workshop). Come with questions, and an open mind.

Annelise Larson is a digital strategist and former filmmaker who works with media industry stakeholders to use the digital opportunity to find, grow, and engage audiences; and work toward sustainable business models. Her podcast STORY+AUDIENCE with screenwriter Jill Golick can be found on all major podcasting platforms, and she just launched a new online Digital Marketing for Media course in conjunction with the National Screen Institute. See a recent presentation and report from Annelise for Telefilm Canada.

Watch a recording of “How to Build a Basic Digital Strategy for Your Film” with Annelise Larson:

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