Watching Films Online

When is the film going to be streamed online?

Films that can be watched online are available 1 day after they screen in person. They will be available for a period of 72 hours total. Once you start a film, you will have 24 hours to watch it all the way through!

Why are not all films available to stream online?

As much as we’d love to screen all our films online for the entire duration of the Festival, the availability of online streaming is subject to our agreements with artists and distributors and their preferences for how they’d like their work to be viewed. All online streaming is geo-locked to the province of British Columbia.

Approximately 60% of the 2023 programme, including all shorts program, will be available to stream online for a 72 hour period beginning 24 hours after the in-person screening start time. Once you start a film, you have 24 hours to watch it all the way through.

To watch, purchase a virtual ticket, Festival Pass, or Digital Pass and log in to our watch platform at

How do I use my digital ticket or pass? 

If you purchase a ticket before the screening period has started, you’ll receive an email an hour before with a link to watch the film. If you purchase your ticket while the film is available to view, you’ll receive a link to watch immediately in your confirmation email!

Festival and Digital Passholders can log in to our watch portal directly to access all online films as they become available! You will login using your Elevent account information.

If you’re still having trouble email us at

I can’t find my virtual event confirmation email, what do I do?

Click on the little pink speech bubble at the bottom right of our website and one of box office folks will swing into action. Or you can email us at

Can I attend virtual screenings from outside of BC?

Unfortunately, no. As part of our relationships with artists and film distributors, online film streaming is geo-locked to BC. If you are watching from BC and receive an error message, please reach out to as it may be a VPN or security issue!

What kind of tech do I need to watch films?

You can watch content on PCs running Windows 7 (or newer), and Intel-based Macs running OSX 10.12 (or newer). You can also watch films on Android tablets and phones using Chrome, and on iPhones and iPads using Safari.

What specifically do I need on a Windows computer?

Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10

Supported browsers: Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera. We recommend using the latest version of your browser. Internet Explorer is not supported.

What specifically do I need on a Mac computer?

Mac OSX 10.12 or later

Supported browsers: Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, MS Edge for Mac, or Opera. We recommend using the latest version of your browser.