Are you ready for the 18th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival?

Tuesday April 8, 2014

Attention filmmakers: Are you ready for the 18th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival?

“What’s your perspective?” – We want to know!

Film submission is open from March 15 – May 31, 2014.

Don’t miss the early bird submission deadline on April 30th!

Complete details and instructions are available at the VAFF18 Festival Submission Guidelines page

VAFF18 will take place from November 6 – 9, 2014 at Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas, located in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown neighbourhood.


Saturday March 15, 2014

Festival Submission Guidelines for the

18th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival

November 6 – 9, 2014

DOWNLOAD a pdf of this page: VAFF18 Festival Submission Guidelines


The Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) is the oldest film festival of its kind in Canada, entering its 18th year in 2014. From its beginnings in 1995 and incorporation in the spring of 1997, VAFF has been an annual visual celebration of the best in film and video from Asian- Canadian, Asian-American and Asian international diaspora filmmakers and videographers.

VAFF is a not-for-profit film festival society committed to supporting both emerging talents and established filmmakers, offering programming from a North American-Asian and Asian diaspora perspective with stories and visuals rarely seen in mainstream media. VAFF offers uniquely relevant storytelling from diverse filmmakers to diverse audience members, achieving our goal of celebrating diversity in film.


Visiting artists have included Justin Lin, Evan Jackson Leong, Jessica Yu, Tze Chun, Quentin Lee, Michael Kang and Freida Lee Mock, as well as BC filmmakers Julia Kwan, Mina Shum, Nilesh Patel and Jeff Chiba Stearns.


Available awards include a juried award for Best Canadian Short, presented by the National Film Board of Canada.


Programming includes 12-13 film programs incorporating feature length and short films and videos, featuring an Artist/Concept Spotlight, Foreign Spotlight, Vancouver Shorts, Q & A sessions, panel discussions, an industry luncheon, and gala events.


All screenings for VAFF18 will take place at the Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas, a multiplex theatre within downtown Vancouver’s historic Chinatown and Gastown districts.

How to Submit

Submissions for VAFF18 are accepted between March 15 and May 31, 2014. Submissions can be made through:


Submission Deadlines

Entry Fees

Film Categories

Acceptable film categories are:

Submissions outside of these categories (e.g. music videos) will not be considered.


DVD Screeners

Online Screeners

Press Materials

NOTE: Press materials and screeners will not be returned.

Best Canadian Short Award: Qualifications

Canadian films may be eligible for the Best Canadian Short Award, which may include a cash prize if funding is available.

To qualify, filmmakers must meet the following criteria:

The award winner will be announced during the festival at the VAFF industry luncheon featuring visiting and local filmmakers, producers, and other industry professionals, Best Canadian Short judges, corporate sponsors, community partners, and the media.

Notification of Festival Selection

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