Online Screening FAQs

How can I buy tickets?
  • You can buy tickets in advance from www.vimff.org. This will ensure as much of the money as possible goes to support VIMFF and the filmmakers – you can also make a donation if you want. To help ensure you receive the access code and instructions, add [email protected] to your email address book.
  • We also recommend avoiding using AOL, Yahoo or Hotmail addresses, as these more often fail to deliver emails from MailChimp.
  • Alternatively, you can wait until the viewing window opens, and purchase a ticket from the Vimeo streaming site  – you will be directed here from www.vimff.org once the viewing window is about to open.
  • Double-check your email when buying your tickets – if there is a typo, you won’t receive your access codes!
Will the film have subtitles or closed captioning?
  • Yes, we are working to provide these. Sometimes the filmmaker provides a file of subtitles (the spoken words in writing on the screen), and sometimes closed captioning (subtitles plus written descriptions of important sounds).
  • At the bottom right of the screen, look for the “CC” logo – click on it, and select “English” (or “none” to turn it off). Unless the filmmaker has provided other languages, we are only able to provide captioning in English.
  • For more information on subtitling on Vimeo, watch https://vimeo.com/358296408
I can see the main feature… where do I find the other films and extra features?
  • The main film is at the top of the Vimeo page – scroll down to see the other features.
I loved the film! Is there a way to donate if I purchased on Vimeo, or if I want to make an extra donation?
  • That is awesome of you! Donations are split with the filmmaker, as for ticket purchases, so you are supporting the Festival AND the Filmmakers!
  • Go to https://vimff.org/product/donate/ to donate.
What computer system do I need to watch?
  • You can watch on your computer or smart TV. You can also watch on tablets or phones, but we don’t recommend it.
  • We recommend watching using the Chrome browser – for Apple users, we especially recommend NOT using the Safari browser, as this often causes difficulties with Vimeo.
  • For help watching on smart TVs, read http://b.link/vimff-vimeo-tv-instructions. There are so many combinations, we unfortunately can’t give specific advice.
How is the money shared?
  • It is important to VIMFF to help support filmmakers.
  • After certain costs (credit card fees, platform fees, some marketing costs, etc) the proceeds are split equally between VIMFF and the filmmakers… meaning your ticket price materially supports the filmmakers whose work you are enjoying.
  • Our agreements are generally directly with the filmmakers, rather than a middleman distributor – while distributors perform a valuable function, we are glad that more of the money goes all the way to the end.
I want to treat my friends so they can also watch. Is this possible?
  • Yes! We would love to help you treat your friends.
  • If you are all watching in the same location, you only need one access code, but if you are able and want to support VIMFF and the filmmakers, you can make a donation when buying in advance.
  • If you are watching in different locations, you can buy multiple tickets in advance, and send one code (and the corresponding link) to each person. They will need their own Vimeo accounts (see http://b.link/vimff-setting-up-vimeo).
When will I receive my access code if I buy in advance?
  • First, please add [email protected] to your email address book, to help ensure it doesn’t get sent to your spam folder.
  • We will send out the access codes and instructions shortly before the viewing window opens.
  • We will send the information twice, from different mailing systems, to help ensure you get your code as soon as possible.
  • You should receive two emails – one with graphics through MailChimp, and a plain text version – the reason is that some spam-blockers will block one, but let the other through, and we want to make sure you get the information! They contain much the same information, so provided you receive one, you are ready to view!
  • If you haven’t received either email with your code by the time the viewing window opens, please check your spam (junk) email folder. If it isn’t there, please email [email protected] – please be sure to send the email from the email you used when purchasing, or include this email, so we can find your purchase.
Do you offer any discounts?

Yes we do! We want to make the film accessible to everyone, so for those experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have created a discount code to give $4 off each ticket. Use the discount COVID at checkout to receive this discount.

If I pre-purchased my tickets, how do I watch the film?
  • On the day the day the viewing window opens, you should receive one or two emails with your viewing code/s and instructions.
  • If you haven’t received your access codes by the time the viewing window opens, please email [email protected], including the email used when purchasing, and we will re-send it to you.
  • Go to https://vimeo.com/ondemand/vimffptz (or www.vimff.org, and you will be re-directed to Vimeo).
  • If you have a Vimeo account, log in. If you do not have a Vimeo account, register – it is free. This walks you through setting up your Vimeo account: http://b.link/vimff-setting-up-vimeo
  • Select the on-demand page you want to view by clicking on the text.
  • Click on “Rent” and then on “Apply promo code” under the credit card field.

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  • If possible, copy and paste the code, rather than typing it in – if you have to type it in, be very careful to enter the code exactly, using upper and lower case correctly, and being careful not to mix up “ “0”(zero) and “O” (capital letter o), or “I” (capital “i”), “l” (lower case “L”) and “1”, etc.
  • Once you enter the access code, you will have the option to click “Continue” without entering your card to proceed to viewing the film.
  • Enjoy!
How do I purchase during the viewing window?
  • Go to https://vimeo.com/ondemand/vimffptz.
  • If you have a Vimeo account, log in. If you do not have a Vimeo account, register – it is free.
  • Select the on-demand page you want to view by clicking on the text.
  • Click on “Rent” and enter your credit card details, or choose PayPal, to pay.
  • Enjoy!
  • (If you are later asked to purchase again, you are almost certainly not logged in to the Vimeo account you originally used – log out, and log back in.)
The film isn’t playing smoothly... help!
  • If the video is sticking, try close your browser, and re-open. If it is sticking in the same place, click on the playback time-line a little further forward and keep watching.
  • If you are still having problems, restart your computer, and only open the browser window.
  • If other people share your internet connection, ask them not to up- or download large files or engage in heavy streaming.
Will my access code allow me to watch the film multiple times?
  • Yes – you can watch as many times as you want during the viewing period.
Is there an option for me to purchase the film to own?
  • No, we aren’t offering the film for separate rental at this time.
Why do I have to register with Vimeo? Do I have to pay for it?
  • By registering with Vimeo, you can return to view the film or additional features later during the viewing window.
  • When registering, you should scroll to the very bottom of the page and select the “Basic” (free) plan.
  • For help setting up your Vimeo account: http://b.link/vimff-setting-up-vimeo
How long is the film available to watch?
  • Piano to Zanskar is available from Friday 24 July, 12pm PDT to Sunday 26th July, 11:59pm.
Why does it look like it is cheaper to buy on the day?
  • Pre-sale prices are in Canadian Dollars. If you buy from Vimeo, the prices may be in your local currency – so if you are in the United States, it can look like a smaller amount. The amount you’ll pay will be the same whether you buy before the show or during the viewing window.
Can I watch the film from anywhere in the world?
  • The film will be accessible from anywhere in the world for streaming (not download) and everyone that buys a ticket will receive a link shortly before the viewing window opens that will enable you to login and enjoy the film at any time during this time frame.
Who do I contact if I have further questions?
  • If you have any questions that haven’t been answered here, please contact [email protected]. We’ll be checking this email regularly and will get back to you as soon as we can.