Annual Events Archives - Victoria Film Festival

Fall 2022: More info coming soon.




Go all out boujee at the biggest Cocktail party on the island.

Exhibitors bring their best game to Crystal Gardens with classic and brand new spirits, alongside plentiful nosh to keep you upright.

Best Dressed Competition (think 60s Pop Art theme this year), whimsical photo booth, ad great music add up to one heck of a night.

Where is it and what time is it at?

Saturday, October 15th, 2022: The Grand Tasting takes place at Crystal Garden at 713 Douglas St. in Victoria BC. The Exclusive VIP Grand Tasting starts at 5:30 PM and the Public Grand Tasting starts at 6:30 PM and ends at 9:00 PM. Other events including the Divas Do Dim Sum Brunch and Industry Seminars will be added in the coming months.

Exhibitor Registration Now Open

Victoria Film Festival presents another summer season of outdoor movie events.
Up next, Movie to be announced
Date: August 27
Time: doors open at 8pm, film starts at 9pm
Location: Hoyne Brewery, 2740 Bridge St, Victoria, BC V8T 5C5

The Life Aquatic

Renowned oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) has sworn vengeance upon the rare shark that devoured a member of his crew. In addition to his regular team, he is joined on his boat by Ned (Owen Wilson), a man who believes Zissou to be his father, and Jane (Cate Blanchett), a journalist pregnant by a married man. They travel the sea, all too often running into pirates and, perhaps more traumatically, various figures from Zissou’s past, including his estranged wife, Eleanor (Anjelica Huston).

Bring your own chair for an enjoyable evening of film and beer outdoors!


Get the kids media lit, you know they’re going to need it. Hands-on, anecdotal, competition, screenings – there are many streams for our guppies to thrive.

CineKids has been designed to be delivered in classrooms, theatres, and through community outreach to youth, youth centers, libraries, and schools. VFF workshops are led by experienced, award-winning local filmmakers and artists, and put writers, directors, composers, producers, and musicians into local classrooms to share career advice, skills and inspire new generations of Canadian filmmakers. Through these experiences, youth gain work skills, technical proficiency, and media literacy – including writing, editing, and other communications basics – as well as enhanced analytical thinking, and social skills. Workshops are organized for facilities and venues that meet contemporary accessibility requirements.


Filmmakers In Schools

School Screenings



Let’s Make A Movie – Coming Soon

3D Animation Workshop – Coming Soon


CineKids is divided into 5 main components: School screenings, Filmmakers into Schools, FilmCAN, Let’s Make a Movie, and Snapshots.

School Screenings is our program that brings films directly into schools and works with the teaching staff to integrate them into the curriculum. Screenings are followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers to discuss the film’s themes . We host up to 5 sessions throughout the year.

FilmCAN is an annual filmmaking competition designed to bring networks of like-minded students together to collaborate, to build confidence, and learn skills both technical and social. The winners of the competition have their films presented during the festival and receive a camera, graphics, and editing software.

Filmmakers into Schools brings industry professionals of various backgrounds, including directors, writers, composers, producers, and editors to visit classrooms and discuss their experiences creating films, building creative careers, and their personal inspirations.

Let’s Make a Movie is a set of two annual sessions, one for juniors and one for seniors where students work collaboratively to script, rehearse, shoot, and screen a short production.

Snapshots brings local professional filmmakers into schools for focused 1-hour sessions. During these sessions, they will have a discussion providing an overview of their specific discipline: writing, editing, cinematography, CGI or other. This stimulates interest in media literacy and provides an introduction to the basics. 

You know it. You love it. Free Films. Park. Blankets. Ah the memories.

Who doesn’t love FREEEEE? We knew that! The VFF’s Free-B Film Festival brings you B-movie classics and some nostalgic cinema that will make for great summer nights. Bring blankets, snacks and treats to Cameron Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park Fridays and Saturdays in August AT 9:00 PM


August 2022 Schedule: Movies begin at 9pm-ish (sunset)

(French language shorts before evening features)

Fri Aug 5– Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla II (Vieux Chien ’20 – 3 mins)

Sat Aug 6 – The Muppet Movie (Le Corbeau et Le Renard ’69 – 2 mins)

Fri Aug 12 – What About Bob? (La Dent ’17 – 3 mins)

Sat Aug 13 – A Hard Day’s Night (La Maison du Hérisson ’17 – 10 mins)

Fri Aug 19 – The Tingler (Le Syndrome de la Torture ’21 – 4 mins)

Sat Aug 20 – Journey To the Centre of the Earth (Cròniques du Centre-Sud ’21 – 4 mins)

Location: Cameron Bandshell, Beacon Hill Park

Giving Tuesday. Film lovers! We have a very exciting opportunity coming your way to get involved the VFF. November 29th is the annual Giving Tuesday campaign.

It’s the world’s largest generosity movement with 44 billion dollars raised in Canada so far. We want to be generous too! If you pledge to help VFF on November 29th, VFF will offer tax receipts, two tickets to the Vic Theatre, AND a medium popcorn.

Treat your sweetheart to a night out at the movies, and support the Victoria Film Festival. Join the movement!


Let’s make a Movie! 

Let’s Make a Movie! teaches intro filmmaking concepts to youth (ages 13 – 16).  This year the Victoria Film Festival is pleased to be partnering with the Victoria Francophone Society to offer this program in both English and French!

Participants work collaboratively to script, rehearse, shoot, and screen a short film – all in one day! Participants will take different roles in the production phase (sound/camera/cast). The edit will be an instructor led process explaining editing fundamentals. After editing, we screen the film with the group and family members!

The experience is spontaneous and cooperative and provides students with a unique, practical perspective of production.  A great place to get your feet wet learning introductory filmmaking concepts and to launch your cinematic creativity! 

Sign up limited to 6 participants per day. To sign up please send an email to

Please indicate your preference for creating a short film in English or French. 

Dates: August 3rd (English) August 4th (French)

Time: 10:00am-4:15 pm

Where: La Société francophone de Victoria – #2 – 1218 Langley St. Victoria BC



10-12 concept, storyboard, and script, create shot list

12-1 Lunch (not provided)

1-3:00 Shoot the film

3-4:00 Edit the film

4-4:15 Screen the film!



Let’s Make a Movie is led by VFF Program Manager Bryan Skinner. Bryan has many years of experience working in independent film and the film industry. As well as many years of involvement at CineVic: Society of Independent Filmmakers, Bryan is a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada (DGC) and has led numerous workshops on various aspects of filmmaking.

Friday, July 22 doors at 8:30, film starts at 9:30-ish PM at Dominion Astrophysical Observatory  5071 W Saanich Rd


Bring your own chair. Concession available.

The Victoria Film Festival is screening one of the greatest films of all time in the perfect setting – the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory.   Join us on the hilltop for a blast as we host a HAL imitation contest and provide some out of this world games before the film.

2001: A Space Odyssey                  director Stanley Kubrick

When Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and other astronauts are sent on a mysterious mission, their ship’s computer system, HAL, begins to display increasingly strange behavior, leading up to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time.