The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival (VLAFF) is a charitable organization with the mission to exhibit and promote Latin American cinema in Canada. We showcase the works of both emerging and established independent filmmakers and media artists in a range of formats from fiction to experimental to documentary to hybrid narrative. We are dedicated to making space and supporting the works of underrepresented filmmakers.

In late August each year, we present our annual 11-day festival to highlight and celebrate the art of contemporary Latin American, Latin-Canadian, and Indigenous filmmaking.

In addition, in December we host a 3-day online Work in Progress/Cine en construcción for films nearing the post-production stage by Indigenous and Afro-descendant filmmakers or filmmaking collectives from the Latin American region.

Submissions for VLAFF's upcoming Work in Progress forum / CINE EN CONSTRUCCIÓN are open from SEPTEMBER 6 - OCTOBER 15, 2021.

Submissions for the 20th Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, Aug 25 - Sept 4, 2022, will be open from FEBRUARY 15 - APRIL 30, 2022. Please note: Submission fees are quoted in US dollars.

Film Festival Awards:

Best New Director Award (first or second feature films) - $1000 (CAD)
Best Short Film Award (fiction, animation, and documentary shorts) - $500 (CAD)
Youth Choice Award - selected by 25 students from Canadian and Latin American film schools.

Work in Progress Award: $2500 (CAD)

Can I submit a documentary? Yes!! VLAFF welcomes fiction, non-fiction, hybrid, and experimental films, for both the festival and the Work in Progress forum.

Cine en construcción: Las películas que ya hayan sido estrenadas en salas o festivales no podrán aplicar para esta sección de “Cine en construcción”, ya que su película debe estar en etapa de post-producción y no finalizada.

Overall Rating
  • Miguel Angel Ajcot Us

    Wonderful festival with great talent all around! I am grateful and honored to have participated in 2021 edition.

    September 2021
  • Gisela Chicolino

    A festival of this topic is really a necessary one. Please keep working on generating this exquisite programming for the audiences.

    September 2021
  • Juma Jandaíra

    Everything wonderful! Thanks a lot <3

    September 2021
  • Río Castañeda G.

    Beautiful festival full of so many talented film makers. It was a blast meeting new people, and being compensated for our time. Shout out to the directors panel of Future Ancestors!

    September 2021
  • Luis Palomino Benítez

    Amazing festival, thanks so much for the selection!

    September 2021