Summer Fest


VIWFF Summer Fest – August 26 and 27

On August of 2022, we proudly presented 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, receptions, and more at VIFF Centre.

Friday, August 26

ISO-BSO Panel Discussion: 12:30pm-1:30pm on Zoom

Kicking off Summer Fest is a not-to-be-missed free panel discussion with Joan Jenkinson (BSO) and Kristy Assu (ISO).

Matrix Best of BC Shorts Screening, Filmmaker Q&A and Mixer at VIFF Centre
  • Doors – 5:30pm
  • Screening & Q&A – 6:30pm
  • Opening Reception – 8:30pm

Join us for a the Best of BC shorts screening and filmmaker Q&A with Rosie Choo Pidcock and Anaïsa Visser (Esther & Sai), Heather Perluzzo (Wildflower), Ali Grant (The Isobel Imprint), and Jasleen Kaur (Perfect Daughter).

After the screening, stay and mingle with local filmmakers and enjoy tasty canapés, tunes by DJ Paisley Eva at our opening reception. Please note, the screening and reception is 19+.

Address: VIFF Centre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver

The Best of BC was proudly sponsored by Matrix Production Services.

Saturday, August 27

Best of Fest: Short + Feature Screening and Closing Gala at VIFF Centre
  • Doors – 5pm
  • Screening – 6pm
  • Closing Gala – 8pm

The Best of the Fest Screening will present I Am Leo by Tanja Tajo Hurrle (Best Short and Impact awards at VIWFF 2022) and Run Woman Run by Zoe Leigh Hopkins (Best Feature, Best Screenplay and Best Performance at VIWFF 2022).

After the screening, join us for our closing gala with industry guests, tasty canapés and music from DJ Softie Shan!

Please note, this event is 19+.

Address: VIFF Centre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver

Opening Panel

In Conversation: Indigenous Screen Office and Black Screen Office

Join us on Friday, August 26, for a panel with the Indigenous Screen Office and Black Screen Office! 

The Panelists: 
Joan Jenkinson (she/her), Executive Director, Black Screen Office 
Kristy Assu (she/her), Director of Funding Programs, Indigenous Screen Office 

Moderated by Dee Abdirahman (they/she) – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist, Liberation Collective

Zoom Format
Date: Friday, August 26, 2022
Time: 12:30 pm -1:30 pm, Pacific Time

Film Screenings

Best of BC – Films

VIFF Centre
1181 Seymour St

Friday, August 26
Doors – 5:30pm
Screening – 6:30pm

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 – Films

VIFF Centre
1181 Seymour St

Saturday, August 27
Doors – 5pm
Screening – 6pm

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 gratefully acknowledges the support of

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.