Vancouver-made Harpoon and the Irish thriller The Perished are highlights of this year’s Badass film festival (postponed)

A promotional image for the Vancouver-made Harpoon, one of the movies screening at Badass 6.

Looking for the latest and weirdest in genre films? Badass 6 has your backside.

A privately-funded film festival, Badass showcases features and shorts in genre cinema from around the world. Now in its sixth year, the festival takes place March 27-29 in East Vancouver, at four Commercial Drive-adjacent locations: the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway), Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Dr.), and the Vancouver East Cultural Centre (1895 Venables St.), along with the Legion Branch 179 (2205 Commercial Dr., for the March 27 launch party).

In all, there are 12 events, including eight features, 50+ shorts, and the Genre Film Awards gala closing show which will include reptiles, fire burlesque, and circus sideshow acts. See below for some highlights from Badass 6—if you dare. (Click on film titles to view trailers.)

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Vancouver-made Harpoon and the Irish thriller The Perished are highlights of this year’s Badass film festival (postponed)

Six movies to see at Vancouver International Women in Film Festival

Black Conflux.

The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival presents world and Canadian premieres of First Nations and culturally diverse films. The festival takes place from March 3-8 and celebrates cinema created by women. Along with screenings, the festival presents panels, seminars, special guests, artist talks, pitch sessions, a screenplay competition, receptions, and an awards gala. See below for highlights.

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Six movies to see at Vancouver International Women in Film Festival

Irish coming-of-age film Metal Heart and five more to see at this year’s European Film Festival

A scene from the Irish film Metal Heart.

From Nov. 22-Dec. 2, The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.) presents its annual European Film Festival. Among the more than two dozen films, the selections include a ghost story from Malta, a political comedy from Croatia, and a coming-of-age story about two fraternal twins from Ireland. See more about these films and others below.

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Irish coming-of-age film Metal Heart and five more to see at this year’s European Film Festival

World premieres and more at this year’s Vancouver Asian Film Festival

A scene from In a New York Minute, the feature film debut of writer/director Ximan Li.

The 23rd Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) celebrates Asian diaspora and diversity in film. This year, the festival takes place Nov 7-10 at the Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas (88 W. Pender St.), in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown district.

This year’s selections include opening night’s In a New York Minute and Centrepiece Spotlight film Empty by Design. Filmmakers will be in attendance at both.

For more on the films and events coming with this year’s VAFF, see below.

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World premieres and more at this year’s Vancouver Asian Film Festival

Crime dramas dominate this year’s Taiwanese Film Festival

Taiwanese crime drama The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful won for Best Feature at the 2017 Golden Horse Awards.

Each year, the Taiwanese Film Festival brings some of the best Taiwanese feature films, documentaries, and shorts to Vancouver, along with special guest filmmakers. Since its 2007 launch, the festival has resented more than 100 Taiwanese films and hosted several filmmakers and directors. It has grown to become one of the largest film festivals focusing on Taiwanese cinema in North America.

Here are a few of the films to check out at this year’s festival, which takes place at Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.) from June 21-25.

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Crime dramas dominate this year’s Taiwanese Film Festival

Two UK films kick off genre film fest Badass V

A scene from Polterheist, a 2018 UK flick that kicks off this year’s Badass Film Festival.

Two UK films kick off The Fifth Annual International Vancouver Badass Film Festival.

From March 29-31, the festival presents genre films from Vancouver and around the world, along with interactive events featuring filmmakers and live shows. Badass takes over VIFF/Vancity Theatre for its first two days and the Rio on Sunday, March 31. Find out more about films like Polterheist, Perfect Skin (both from the UK), and The Hollow Child below.

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Two UK films kick off genre film fest Badass V

Female sexuality, a men’s synchronized swim team, and a New York photographer’s Quebec: highlights of this year’s Rendez-vous French Film Festival

Le grand bain, one of the most popular films in France last year, screens as part of this year’s Rendez-vous French Film Festival.

Beginning on Feb. 1, the Rendez-vous French Film Festival will screen over 50 films. The festival, dedicated to bringing the best of Quebec and Francophone culture to B.C., is now in its 25th year.

This year’s line-up includes the movie selected as the Canadian entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards, the winner of this year’s Best Canadian Film Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and the winner of the Best Canadian Film Award at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma.

The first batch of films screens at Jules-Verne Auditorium (5445 Baillie St,) from Feb.1-3; the second screens at SFU Woodward’s (149 W. Hastings St.) Feb.5-10. The festival also features visiting directors, actors, producers and academics. See below for some highlights.

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Female sexuality, a men’s synchronized swim team, and a New York photographer’s Quebec: highlights of this year’s Rendez-vous French Film Festival