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Every donation you make will bring us closer to our goal of $5,000. All the funds raised for this campaign will go directly to supporting our youth programming
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Help us bring the power of extraordinary cinema to the next generation of creators and leaders. Let their stories begin!
New for 2019 - VIFF's first Elementary School Screenings are an extension of our high school outreach program. This year on April 17 - Canadian Film Day - elementary school groups will be invited to experience their first cinema visit with a special indigenous film screening.
VIFF's High School Outreach program not only gives 1500+ local students of diverse backgrounds the opportunity to view thought-provoking, compelling cinema, but can also transform them from passive audience members to active, engaged viewers and thinkers.
VIFF's Mentorship Program allows us to directly invest in the development of local emerging talent while also breaking down barriers to access for the many under-served and diverse communities in our region. Our goal is to encourage the next generation of filmmakers to inspire, lead and entertain the world with their stories.
"Each year, the feedback from my students is always positive...The selections supplement what my students study in class because these are often films we do not have easy access to. Field trips to attend the High School Program films are a highlight for my students. They know they will be surprised, impressed and challenged by what they see."
Jaime Tong - Windermere Secondary School
"My students tend to come from financial hardship and the discounted rate has made this opportunity much more accessible...It is a rare and special opportunity for students to be exposed to the content...These films broaden their world views, inspire them to see the world and reaffirm the teaching we are doing around acceptance, empathy, social justice and global citizenship."
Jonah Eckert - King George Secondary School
"Viewing the film made the issues real and accessible to my students and sparked many questions as well as enthusiastic, organic discussion in the days afterward. It is this kind of outcome that punctuates the power of art as a social tool and illustrates the importance of showing rather than telling. The High School Outreach Program’s curating played a pivotal role in making this invaluable learning experience possible for my students."
Chris Westendorf - Southridge School
"I’ve been extremely grateful for the fabulous learning opportunities which the VIFF Outreach Program has provided my students, and it’s an experience that I highly recommend to my colleagues and others who wish to extend the learning beyond the class. Thank you to VIFF for bringing the world of international cinema to young people."
Michael Choi - Prince of Wales Secondary School