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Meet Melody; at fifteen, she is outspoken, intelligent, creative, and dreams of performing in her school talent show. The problem? Her strict father, a traditionalist who shakes Melody”s world after sewing a zipper onto her mouth on her sixteenth birthday. ZIP was inspired by the events currently happening in Iran. 

Ava Maria Safai

Ava Maria Safai is a Canadian-Iranian artist. She holds a BFA in Acting (UBC) and is the artistic director of The Harlequin Theatre Society. She”s also a musician and singer-songwriter who recieved many awards, including the Don S. Williams Grant and the Evelyn Jasiulko Harden Scholarship in Theatre.

Presented as Part Of WestCoast Shorts – All About Life


A retired army general and his live-in nurse find they are not alone in a house filled with dark secrets....
13 min | Thomas Affolter | | World Premiere | English / Vietnamese | NA
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Starring Canada''s Drag Race legend Kendall Gender, STAY is a tender exploration of relationships. Kaleb (Ivy ...
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During a snowy Chinese Spring Festival, a chance encounter between a postman Aiden and Jerome, a PHD student w...
15 min | Thomas Mai | | Western Canada Premiere | Chinese Dialect + English | English
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Caught between a dream and a nightmare, Greyson is being preyed on by a creature that took the form of Naomi, ...
9 min | Thomas Chretien | | English | No
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Upon his return from being away, Romeo re-visits his memory of asking out his long time friend, Cece. We unrav...
5 min | Carlo Fortin | | English | NA
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Nicco Graham, Ava Maria Safai, Christopher Alexander Cook, Mandana Mehrghorbani, Caylee Watrin, Brooklyn James, Jonathan Gogoi
Gelareh Ghodrati, Ashkan Nejati
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Festival passes

This year, VAFF 2023 FESTIVAL, screening programs in person and virtual will be organized into various series in order to better highlight the diverse content in our festival. These Series include Spotlight Series, Documentary Features Series, Narrative Features Series, Westcoast Shorts Series, Canadian Shorts Series, International Short Series, Animation Series, VAFF Industry Insight Series and Special Events.

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Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas

88 W Pender St 3rd floor, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9

Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas

88 W Pender St 3rd floor, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9