Preview: Vancouver International Film Festival 2012, Sept. 27-Oct. 12

380 films. From 75 countries. In only two weeks. Vancouver cinephiles have it good.

Every year, the city hosts the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) – one of the largest film festivals in North America. This year, the star-studded event takes place Sept. 27 – Oct. 12, and the box office is now open.

If you think popcorn and soda are the ultimate pairing; if your heart palpitates during coming attractions; if you’re enthused about cheap-o Tuesday movie deals around town, you’ll be over the moon about the packed VIFF program. And this year, VIFF has made it easier than ever for attendees to buy tickets with new tech features.

Get details on the exciting 2012 VIFF program and how to buy tickets after the jump.

VIFF 2012 Program

VIFF opens with hotly anticipated Midnight’s Children, the newest film by director Deepa Mehta, which follows the story of two children switched at birth on August 15, 1947: the day India won independence from Britain. The film is based on Salman Rushdie’s novel by the same name, and the author wrote the screenplay and narrated. The festival closes with Holy Motors, directed by Cannes-darling Leo Carax. The camera follows a clever trickster through the streets of Paris.

Look through the sneak preview guide here. Keep an eye out for VIFF film picks by Inside Vancouver’s Elianna Lev in the days ahead.

VIFF Tickets

VIFF has upgraded their self-delivery ticket options for 2012. This year, you can buy tix up to an hour before the film starts and print at home, or simply send the bar code to your Smartphone and have it scanned at the theatre.

Regular tickets are $13. You will also need to pay the annual VIFF membership ($2) to attend. Student and senior tix are $11. Most VIFF films are intended for the 18+ audience.

There are four ways to buy VIFF tickets:

1. ONLINE at
2. BY PHONE at 604-685-8297
Monday, Sept. 10–Thursday, Oct. 11 Noon–7 pm
3. IN PERSON (Pre-festival) 
Vancity Theatre
Vancouver International Film Centre 1181 Seymour St. (at Davie)
Monday, Sept. 10–Saturday, Sept. 29 Noon–7 pm
Box Offices open 30 minutes before the first show of the day at each venue and remain open until their last show of the day.

  • Empire Granville 7 Cinemas (GR1–7) 855 Granville Street (at Robson)
  • Pacific Cinémathèque (PCP) 1131 Howe (at Helmcken)
  • Vancity Theatre (VCT)
 The Vancouver International Film Centre 1181 Seymour Street (at Davie)
  • Vogue Theatre (VOG)
918 Granville Street (at Smithe)

Vancouver International Film Festival runs Sept. 27 – Oct. 12.

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