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Community programs


VAFF strongly believes that film is a powerful educational tool that can stimulate critical thinking and initiate meaningful dialogues between individuals and diverse communities. Ultimately, greater understanding and appreciation is achieved through this media.

Throughout the year, VAFF outreaches to the community seeking opportunities to work with businesses, community groups and schools to develop entertaining, educational and relevant programs and workshops. VAFF is a strong supporter of community partnerships and would welcome all inquiries for community groups to be involved with our festival.

Please send all inquiries to: Vincent Wong, Audience and Community Development Director

2015 Community Partners Events have included:

Vancouver International Film Festival

The 34th annual Vancouver International Film Festival will once again welcome some of the world’s finest films to one of the most beautiful cities on the planet. VIFF will present over 350 films (550 public screenings) from 70 countries between September 24 – October 9. Don’t miss out! We are the proud partner of Blood and Water film at @Vancouver International Film Festival this year! View their full schedule online at

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 Hapa-palooza Festival

Hapa-palooza is scheduled for every September in Vancouver, Canada, a place of hybridity, synergy and acceptance.   A vibrant fusion of music, dance, literary, artistic and film performances, Hapa-Palooza places prominence on celebrating and stimulating awareness of mixed-heritage and cultural hybrid identity.  Hapa-paplooza is the first mixed roots festival in Canada, and is currently one of the largest festivals celebrating mixed heritage in the world.

Hapa-palooza Festival is organized by the Hybrid Ancestry Public Arts Society (HAPAS), a non-profit society dedicated to bringing public programming that explores and celebrates mixed heritage.

Learn more about this year, Hapa-palooza takes place September 16-20, 2015, marking our fifth year anniversary!

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Vancouver Latin American Film Festival

The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival is a registered not-for-profit, charitable organization with the mission to provide a forum for the promotion and exhibition of Latin American cinema in Vancouver. This annual festival encourages dialogue among cultures, and explores and celebrates the art of contemporary Latin American and Latin-Canadian filmmaking. VLAFF’s mandate is the encouragement and appreciation of motion pictures as a medium of art, information and education. Since 2003, VLAFF has provided audiences with the unique opportunity to watch inspiring films and interact with guest filmmakers from across Latin America and the diaspora. Learn More..

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Vancouver Queer Film Festival

For 27 years, Out On Screen has proudly showcased films that illuminate the transformative moments in the lives of queer people – telling stories of the journeys we have taken to find ourselves, each other and our place in the world. Every time we take a seat at the Festival, we are experiencing the difference we are making: creating social change through film, education and dialogue.

We are honoured to celebrate you and to celebrate with you the unique, strong and splendid Vancouver queer communities that make us who we are. Learn more


 Indian Summer Festival

Indian Summer is a multi-arts festival where worlds meet in Vancouver every July. The festival features some of the finest artists and visionaries from Canada, South Asia and beyond. The festival is produced by Indian Summer Arts Society, a not-for-profit charitable arts organization based in Vancouver, Canada. The Society commissions and presents significant local, national, and international programming that catalyzes and inspires dialogue and global citizenship, and reflects Vancouver’s position as a harbour for diverse arts, ideas and cultures. Learn more.

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VAFF Spring 2015  March – June 2015 Community Partners events

VAFF 2014 CP event Learn more about our 2014 community partners events here.