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We are pleased to announce the countdown to its much anticipated 25th annual celebration of diversity in film and the Asian diaspora, brought to you from November 4 to November 14, 2021

VAFF celebrates its 25th edition this year from November 4 to 14, with a bigger and better festival to commemorate this milestone year. For the first time ever, VAFF is going to be a hybrid affair taking place over 11 days and counting. The extended festival kicks off with 4 days of  VAFF In-Theatre events (November 4-7), followed by 6 days of VAFF On-Demand programs (November 8-13), before one final live program and the festival’s closing awards ceremony on November 14. The eleven-day celebration will highlight an array of unique and outstanding talent, with both emerging and established Asian Canadian and Asian American writers, producers, and directors showcasing their latest work. Stay tuned for full details of the entire program, to be announced during the week of October 4, 2021.

The theme of “Past, Present & Possibilities” is brought to life by VAFF25’s “Feel the Vibe-Asian” campaign

The theme of this year’s VAFF is “Past, Present & Possibilities,” as we reflect on the festival’s illustrious achievements in these 25 years, celebrate how far we’ve come in elevating the profile of Asian Canadians in cinema, and look to the future with a mission to keep spreading a message of inclusivity and help take Asian filmmaking to new heights. To this end, the theme of “Past, Present & Possibilities” is at the essence of VAFF25’s “Feel the Vibe-Asian” campaign. Featuring a multitude of Asian Canadian talent, “Feel the Vibe-Asian” carries a message of originality, boldness, and vitality, with a spirit of poise and grace.  We are delighted to have Curtis Lum, Nhi Do, Hiro Kanagawa  three very talented Asian-Canadian actors, as the 25th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival Brand Ambassador.



ALL ACCESS PASS are available online from NOW till November 13 at 6:00 pm

Individual E-tickets are available online from NOW till November 13 at 6:00 pm. Please visit to the Films page and select the Films or Programs that you wish to purchase your e-ticket.

This festival will offer the largest program we have ever presented and bonus content exclusive to VAFF, as we take advantage of the flexibility of video-on-demand programming.


Be sure to connect with us on  Instagram, Facebook, and  Twitter often to keep up with all the exciting updates! #VAFF | #VAFFVIRTUAL | #VAFF25 | #FeelTheVibeAsian

About VAFF 2021:

The VAFF 2021 lineup presents 31 film programs plus 8 industry panels, 3 special events and 88 feature-length and short films of all genres, with English language and/or English subtitles, from the local and international Asian diaspora.

We are proud to bring Vancouver audiences 5 World premieres, 12 North American premieres; 13 Canadian premieres, and an additional 7 films that are Vancouver premieres, and even more excited to announce that close to 60% of all films are directed by women.  We are anticipate 4,000 audience and industry members over the eleven days festival.

Digital Version of VAFF 2021 Festival Program

For all inquiries, please email

Theme Production Credits:
Visual concept: created by Gillian Lo, Creative Director
Content Marketing Director: Walid Elatrache
Producer: Regina Leung
Marketing: Alexis Ocampo, Isha Jain
BTS Video: Hannah Lee

Image credits:
Photographer: Good Side Photo – Ryan Wagner
Creative Retouching: Cake Imagery – Kevin Lanthier
Hair: Suki’s Salons Hideno
Makeup Artist: Iya Yujuico