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Festival Information

The National Bank Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) is pleased to announce the countdown to its much anticipated 20th Annual celebration of Asian diaspora and diversity in film, set for November 3rd to 6th, 2016 at the Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas in Vancouver 88 W. Pender St., in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown district.

To celebrate the 20th year of the Vancouver Asian Film Festival and its theme, With this year’s theme “Homecoming,” we are proud to showcase the story of how we got “from there, to here,” and offer a glimpse into the possible future of how we celebrate diversity in a future society. The VAFF 20 lineup invites us to explore different interpretations and accommodations of “home,” and what it symbolizes—particularly for diaspora. The festival’s 12 film programs include a local youth filmmaker showcase and 35 feature-length and short films of all genres, with English dialogue and/or English subtitles, from the local and international Asian diaspora. Highlights include four world premieres, 2 North American premieres, and 10 Canadian premieres. An additional 6 films are Vancouver premieres. The festival presents both adjudicated and audience choice awards, and VAFF Industry hosts the AIM Summit as a forum for change to include diversity in movies, media and music Forty filmmakers and panelists, from Canada and internationally, are expected to attend. Organizers anticipate close to 4,000 audience, industry members and media over the four-day festival.

Tickets and passes are available online from October 6 at, or at the theatre box office from November 3 at 6:00 pm. For more information, please email


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Digital Version of VAFF 2016 Program Guide

For all inquiries before the festival, please email

For all inquiries during the festival Nov 3 – 6, 2016 inclusive, please email Grace Chin, Festival Director: