The 20th Anniversary edition of the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival will take place from August 25 - September 4, 2022.

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

Submissions for VLAFF's Work in Progress forum / CINE EN CONSTRUCCIÓN will be open from SEPTEMBER 1 - OCTOBER 15, 2022.

Film Festival Awards:

- Best Short Film Award (fiction, animation, and documentary shorts) - $750 (CAD)
- New Director Award (first or second feature films) -Youth Choice Award - selected by students from Canadian and Latin American film schools. $2500 (CAD)
- Critic Prize: Selected in a Live deliberation by 3 film critics from Latin America.

Work in Progress Award for Back and Indigenous Filmmakers: $2500 (CAD)

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

Can I submit a rough cut? Yes, but we will need to see the final version by June 1. Also, as we are a smaller festival, you may want to try for a premiere at a larger festival and then submit to us the following year.

For 2022, films may be screened online and/or in cinemas during the festival.

Overall Rating
  • For me it is one of the best Independent film festivals. I feel fortunate to have participated, the entire festival team is well armed with very professional people who have a facility to communicate. Thank you very much for everything, my experience is very rewarding. Until the next

    Love and Respect

    Wisny Dorce

    December 2021
  • Maria Urrutia

    One of the best film festivals! I'm honored to have being part of it!

    December 2021
  • 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