Summer Fest


VIWFF Summer Fest – August 26 and 27

Celebrate with us this August as we proudly present VIWFF’s Summer Fest, a two-day celebration of the Best of Fest and Best of BC Shorts from the 2022 festival featuring in-person screenings and events.

Friday, August 26 – Best of BC 

Shorts Screening, Filmmaker Q&A and Matrix Mixer
6:30 pm at VIFF Centre

Join us for the Best of BC shorts screening! Films include Perfect Daughter, Srikandi, Wildflower, Militant Mother, Esther & Sai, and The Isobel Imprint. After the screening and Q&A, stay and mingle with local talent and filmmakers, and enjoy tasty treats and entertainment at our mixer sponsored by Matrix Production Services.

Saturday, August 27 – Best of Fest 

Short + Feature Screening and Closing Gala
6 pm at VIFF Centre

The Best of the Fest Screening will present I Am Leo (Best Short and Impact awards at VIWFF 2022) and Run Woman Run (Best Feature, Best Screenplay and Best Performance at VIWFF 2022). After the screening, join us for our Closing Gala with special industry guests, tasty treats, entertainment and exciting WIFTV announcements!

Please note, all Summer Fest events are 19+

Best of BC

Perfect Daughter

Jasleen Kaur
Canadian Short Narrative / English / Canada / 2021 / 13:42

When a highly respectable family moves into the neighbourhood, a young woman grows suspicious of her new neighbours’ seemingly flawless daughter.


Andrea Nirmala Widjajanto
Canadian Short Narrative / Indonesian / Canada / 2021 / 8:32

This fantasy drama is a modern retelling of an Indonesian myth of the same name. Teenager Anjani’s late father had been teaching her the ways of a shadow puppeteer in private, as women are not allowed to practice it. Through the puppets, Anjani is able to reconvene with her father’s spirit, learning one final lesson through the art form before she sets out to realize her own future – becoming a modern Srikandi.

Militant Mother

Carmen Pollard
Canadian Short Documentary / English / Canada / 2021 / 7:34

To get to class on time, children from Vancouver’s largest social housing project were forced to jump shunting train cars that stood in their path. After months of advocating for a safe crossing, twenty-five mothers made their voices heard by blockading CN rail.


Heather Perluzzo
Canadian Short Narrative / English / Canada / 2021 / 17:33

After a woman escapes from an abusive, male-dominated world she creates an AI replica of herself for companionship.

Esther & Sai

Roșie Choo Pidcock, Anaïsa Visser
Canadian Short Narrative / English / Canada / 2021 / 12:30

The night before their first day of nursing school in 1976, Esther and Sai, two female immigrants to Vancouver, endure racism and homesickness. Based on a true story, Esther & Sai captures the struggle of immigrating to a new country through the beginning of a lifelong friendship.

The Isobel Imprint

Ali Grant
Canadian Short Documentary / English / Canada / 2021 / 6:59

A dozen years after the devastating suicide of her oldest sister Isobel, filmmaker Ali Grant is transported back to Toronto in the summer of 1978, to a pivotal moment of their intertwined destinies. With humour, insight, and love, she explores her own coming of age through family letters, photos, and home movies, and examines the lasting imprint of a sister’s invitation into a world of possibility.

Best of Fest

I Am Leo

Tanja Tajo Hurrle
International Short Narrative / German / Germany / 2021 / 17:48

12-year-old Leo spends the autumn holidays romping in the woods and wide meadows and building cabins with big sister Noémie and cousin Emil on Grandma Marlies’ farm. When Leo is surprised by what Grandma Marlies calls big news, Leo faces an identity crisis. I Am Leo immerses itself into the emotional world of a child who is on the way to discovering their gender identity and inner courage.

Run Woman Run

Zoe Leigh Hopkins
Canadian Feature / English / Canada / 2020 / 1:40:00

Thanks to an unlikely coach, single mom Beck learns how to reclaim her dreams, her family, and her life. Run Woman Run is a feel-good anti-rom-com about a woman who has to tackle the ghosts of her past before she can run toward a new future.

VIWFF is proud to showcase the work of artists from across Turtle Island and beyond. Our offices are located on the unceded, traditional, and ancestral territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

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