VIWFF Summer Fest

On August 26-27 2022, we proudly presented VIWFF’s Summer Fest, a two-day celebration of the Best of Fest and Best of BC Shorts from the 2022 festival featuring in-person screenings and events.


Friday August 26

Best of BC
6:30 pm at VIFF Centre

Shorts Screening, Filmmaker Q&A and Matrix Mixer

The Best of BC shorts screening included Perfect Daughter, Srikandi, Wildflower, Militant Mother, Esther & Sai, and The Isobel Imprint. After the screening and Q&A, guests had the opportunity to mingle with local talent and filmmakers and enjoy tasty treats and entertainment at our mixer sponsored by Matrix Production Services.

Saturday August 27

Best of Fest
6:30 pm at VIFF Centre

Short + Feature Screening and Closing Gala

The Best of the Fest Screening presented I Am Leo (Best Short and Impact awards at VIWFF 2022) and Run Woman Run (Best Feature, Best Screenplay and Best Performance at VIWFF 2022). After the screening, guests attended the Closing Gala with special industry guests, tasty treats, and entertainment.


Perfect Daughter still

Perfect Daughter

Jasleen Kaur
Canadian Short Narrative / English / Canada / 2021 / 13:42

When a highly respectable family moves into the neighbourhood, a young woman grows suspicious of her new neighbours’ seemingly flawless daughter.

Srikandi still


Andrea Nirmala Widjajanto
Canadian Short Narrative / Indonesian / Canada / 2021 / 8:32

This fantasy drama is a modern retelling of an Indonesian myth of the same name. Teenager Anjani’s late father had been teaching her the ways of a shadow puppeteer in private, as women are not allowed to practice it. Through the puppets, Anjani is able to reconvene with her father’s spirit, learning one final lesson through the art form before she sets out to realize her own future – becoming a modern Srikandi.

Militant Mother

Militant Mother

Carmen Pollard
Canadian Short Documentary / English / Canada / 2021 / 7:34

To get to class on time, children from Vancouver’s largest social housing project were forced to jump shunting train cars that stood in their path. After months of advocating for a safe crossing, twenty-five mothers made their voices heard by blockading CN rail.



Heather Perluzzo
Canadian Short Narrative / English / Canada / 2021 / 17:33

After a woman escapes from an abusive, male-dominated world she creates an AI replica of herself for companionship.

Esther and Sai still

Esther & Sai

Roșie Choo Pidcock, Anaïsa Visser
Canadian Short Narrative / English / Canada / 2021 / 12:30

The night before their first day of nursing school in 1976, Esther and Sai, two female immigrants to Vancouver, endure racism and homesickness. Based on a true story, Esther & Sai captures the struggle of immigrating to a new country through the beginning of a lifelong friendship.

The Isobel Imprint

The Isobel Imprint

Ali Grant
Canadian Short Documentary / English / Canada / 2021 / 6:59

A dozen years after the devastating suicide of her oldest sister Isobel, filmmaker Ali Grant is transported back to Toronto in the summer of 1978, to a pivotal moment of their intertwined destinies. With humour, insight, and love, she explores her own coming of age through family letters, photos, and home movies, and examines the lasting imprint of a sister’s invitation into a world of possibility.

VIWFF gratefully acknowledges the support of