The Chilliwack Independent Film Festival Celebrates Unique Perspectives and World-Class Storytelling.

The 5th edition of the Chilliwack Independent Film Festival will run live and in-person between January 14 - 16. Films will be accessible through our virtual platform from January 17 - 30.

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FESTIVAL SCHEDULE 2022.
Watch 40 Films That Share The beauty, Pain, Joy, Heartbreak of life.

Experience the Chilliwack Independent Film Festival in-person Friday January 14 to 16. With 10 screening blocks and one panel, explore the schedule below and get your tickets for each screening you want to attend today. The festival then goes virtual between January 17 - 30.

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Fraser Valley Films

Jan 14, 2022 7:00 PM

A celebration of the arts in our community. Featuring screenings from Fraser Valley filmmakers and the 48 hour film competition. Following the screenings there will be a Q & A with filmmakers. Films Featured When We Were Kids, Origin, Completed 48 Hour Films.

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Our Father

Jan 15, 2022 1:00 PM

Screening of feature film Our Father. In a last ditch attempt to foster a meaningful bond, estranged sisters Beta and Zelda go in search of their mysterious Uncle Jerry. Following the screening will be a Q & A with director Bradley Grant Smith.

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Canada Shorts

Jan 15, 2022 1:30 PM

A screening of 6 short films from across the nation. Celebrate Canadian film and talent. Following the screenings will be a Q & A with filmmakers. Films Featured: Sol, The Little Death, A Midwinter Nightmare, Old News Is So Exciting, Free Range, The Bubble, Hekademia.

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Stories That Matter

Jan 15, 2022 3:00 PM

A screening of 8 short films from across the world. From mental health, LTGBQ+ to immigration, Palestine to South Korea, experience a diverse selection of short films that tackle an array of important subjects. Films Featured: On / Off, Behind The Glass, Solitary, Objectified, Trumpets in the Sky, Sangsangba, Esther & Sai, Kalinga (Care). Following the screening will be a Q & A with filmmakers.

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Returning Home

Jan 15, 2022 4:00 PM

A woman goes on a cross-Canada tour as her family struggles to heal from multigenerational trauma. She explores how the federal fishing moratorium is tearing at the very fabric of Secwépemc communities and traditions. Directed by Sean Stiller.

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Cult Films

Jan 15, 2022 6:00 PM

An eclectic mix of short films across different genres from horror to comedy, to the downright bizarre. Films Featured: Moth Music, Absence of Emily, Just Another Ghost Story, Zero, Final Touches, Sweet Guilty Pleasure, Mistress of Bones, Itsy Bitsy Spider. Following the screening will be a Q & A with filmmakers. Craft beer + wine will be available for purchase during and before the screening.

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What Might Have Been Lost

Jan 15, 2022 6:30 PM

A special screening of Chilliwack feature film "What Might Have Been Lost". A musician finds meaning in the darkest moments of his life. Written & Directed by local filmmaker Brendan Taylor. Following the screening will be a Q & A with director Brendan Taylor + lead actor Alex Smith. Craft beer + wine will be available to purchase during and before the screening.

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Diversity In The BC Film Industry (Panel)

Jan 16, 2022 11:00 AM

FREE LIVE STREAM. An important, honest and necessary discussion exploring diversity in the BC film industry. Featuring: Gigi Saul Guerrero (The Purge), Kaayla Whachell (Portraits From A Fire), Hiro Kanagawa (Legends of Tomorrow), Regina Leung (Vancouver Asian Film Festival), and moderated by Mayumi Yoshida (Man In The High Castle). The panelists share their experiences, struggles and thoughts on diversity in the film industry and how it impacts the different stages of production. https://youtu.be/msa16a8MYEI

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Documentaries

Jan 16, 2022 12:30 PM

A selection of five fascinating documentaries from across the world.Films featured: Hart Breaker: Loss, Legacy & Lunacy, In-Tents, Tomomi on the Farm, Myrtle Simpson: A Life On Ice, In A New Light. Following the screening will be a Q & A with filmmakers.

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Final Shorts

Jan 16, 2022 3:00 PM

An exquisite selection of Oscar-caliber short films tackling relationships, be that with each other or ourselves. Films Featured: Cuello, Fall of the Ibis King, Hatha, August Sky, Mr James Is Dead, Censor of Dreams. Following the screening will be a Q & A with filmmakers. Craft beer + wine will be available to purchase during and before the screening.

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Special Screening: Come True (Creator Talk)

Jan 16, 2022 5:30 PM

Special screening of Canadian feature film COME TRUE. A teenage runaway takes part in a sleep study that becomes a nightmarish descent into the depths of her mind and a frightening examination of the power of dreams. Following the screening will be a Creator Talk with writer/director/editor Anthony Scott Burns. Craft beer + wine will be available for purchase during and before the screening.

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All CIFF 2021 Films

A Midwinter Nightmare

Directed By
Kristina Hampton
Runtime
13
Minutes
Country
BC
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Absence of Emily

Directed By
Taylor Nixon
Runtime
13
Minutes
Country
New Zealand
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August Sky

Directed By
Jasmin Tenucci
Runtime
15
Minutes
Country
Brazil
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Behind The Glass

Directed By
Pedro de la Llave
Runtime
5
Minutes
Country
Spain
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Censor of Dreams

Directed By
Léo Berne & Raphaël Rodriguez
Runtime
18
Minutes
Country
France
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Come True

Directed By
Anthony Scott Burns
Runtime
105
Minutes
Country
Canada
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Catch the 2022 Chilliwack Independent Film Festival from January 14th to 16th at Cottonwood Cinema.

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CIFF 2021 Awards

Prestigious and unique, the Chilliwack Independent Film Festival awards for 2021 will cover a variety of categories focusing on the filmmakers, their stories, and the craft.

Chilliwack Spirit Award
Esther & Sai

Best of Fest
Returning Home

Best Short Film
August Sky

Best Documentary
Hart Breaker

Best Director
Josh Aries & Daniel Irving

Best Actor
Peter Hoskins

Best Actress
Keara Barnes

Best Cinematography
Diego Lozano

Best of BC
Cuello

Best Script
Gloria Mercer

Best Score
Dave Chick

student film
Moth Music

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