The Fifth Annual International Vancouver Badass Film Festival will take place March 29 to the 31, 2019 and is currently accepting submissions on FilmFreeway through February.

The festival will take place at both VIFF/Vancity Theatre and the Rio Theatre, Vancouver.

The Fourth Annual Vancouver Badass Film Festival (Badass 2018) featured the best in new extreme cinema from around the world, interactive
events with filmmakers and unforgettable live performances.

Badass films are described as viscerally exciting films, original in content or style (preferably both). The first four Badass film festivals shocked, delighted, challenged and thrilled raucous sellout audiences with a mix of horror, avant-garde, noir and wild action.

Badass breaks down walls between filmmakers, fans, and funders, sparking interactive collaboration and celebration. Past Badass hosts and speakers have included Jen and Sylvia Soska, Tristan Risk, Samantha Mack and Gigi Saul Guerrero.

The Badass 2016 juried award winners (from 52 nominees in 12 categories) came from films from France, Serbia, The US, Mexico, and Canada, with other screenings from Asia, Europe, and South America. Three feature films premiering at Badass 2016: The Evil in Us (Canada); House of VHS (France) and Atroz (Mexico) found distribution, with The Evil in Us and Atroz announcing distribution deals within days of their screenings at Badass 2016.

Badass 2017 featured premieres of Adam Rifkin/Penn Jillette's meta-masterpiece Director's Cut, and the 35mm indie exploitation epic Frankenstein Created Bikers.
Badass 2017 featured incredible live performances from members of Caravan of Creeps, Harley Davidson motorcycles, fire performers, and the world's largest bearded dragon (who co-accepted the 2017 Badass Actress award with Tristan Risk).
Badass 2018 featured the best in new extreme short and feature films, with an expanded program of interactive speaker and social events, including premieres of Badsvilles, Ayla, The Three Don'ts, She Who Must Burn and three blocks of shorts. Awards in 12 categories plus a lifetime achievement to Larry Kent were presented by adult film star Samantha Mack in a bottomless nun costume, and exciting live shows from Caravan of Creeps including a giant monitor lizard, whips, money stapled on body parts, and film star and Badass award winning actress Tristan Risk dancing on broken glass.

New for Badass V, cheaper to submit micro-shorts (10$) and script submissions with a chance for development with Darkside Releasing / Generativity Productions.Badass V 2019 will take place March 29-31, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

21 award categories for Badass V, including cash awards and prizes for Whites, Gearbox, mitribe and others, including potential development possibilities with Generativity Productions and Darkside Releasing for the top 3 new badass script award winners.

Badass V will screen 8 featured films as well as @ 40 Short films.

Priority will be given to short films under 15 mins, but we also accept films up to 30 mins.

We will offer the top submitted films which didn't make the cut or that were too long to schedule on the big screen a promotional package via our website and event publications. Those 3 films will be available for one day as an Online streaming screening on the day of the festival and will be included in our awards consideration. ***subject to the film maker's approval***

Much more info to come

Overall Rating
  • Paddy Murphy

    One of the best festivals I've ever been to. Amazing selection. Incredible hospitality and one helluva show! Blown away. Will have to return again next year :D

    May 2017
  • Raimund Huber

    Unfortunately we couldn't attend the film festival but communication was super easy and the stuff was friendly and professional, especially Marc Boily who even set up a Skype meeting to explain every detail about the festival and delivery, which was very easy. The team also did a great marketing job for our movie. Thanks guys hope to see you next year again...

    March 2017
  • Ariel Hansen

    Had a great time at this festival. Got to meet some film makers from other parts of the world as well as some local filmmakers and see some really kick a** films.

    March 2017