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Online Screening FAQs

How to Purchase Tickets

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 tickets@vimff.org 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 directly from Vimeo – you will be directed here from www.vimff.org once the viewing window is about to open. Please note, prices will rise once the viewing window opens.
What is the difference between the Film only and All-access Festival Passes?
  • Both passes include access to all 50+ films that will be in the program for VIMFF 2021 and 3 panel discussions. More information about the panel discussions can be found here: https://vimff.org/panel-discussions/
  • The All-access pass also gives you the opportunity to join 3 virtual interactive workshops during the Festival. View more information on the workshops: https://vimff.org/workshops/.
Will there be any free events at the VIMFF 2021?
  • Yes! We will be hosting a free panel discussion, Mental Health in the Mountains via Zoom on Friday, February 19 from 6-7pm PST. To register, follow this link: https://vimff.org/product/mental-health-in-the-mountains.
  • The panel discussion will be free, however we encourage you to make a donation at checkout to WIRTH HATS. WIRTH Hats’ mission is to remove barriers that prevent people from accessing counselling. Through the sale of WIRTH hats, hosting events, as well as corporate and personal donations, they are able to provide free counselling sessions for those who would otherwise be unable to afford it. Learn more: www.wirthhats.com.
I want to gift a ticket to someone else. Is this possible?
  • Yes! We would love to help you treat your friends and family to a ticket!
  • 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.
  • During our Early Bird Pass sale (Dec 14 – Jan 10) we have the option to gift a pass to someone else. When you purchase, we’ll ask you for your gift recipient’s name and email address so that they will receive an access link for the Festival when we send out access links on February 19. In your confirmation email once you purchase the pass for someone else, we will include a downloadable gift certificate and a PDF with viewing instructions that you can send to your gift recipient to let them know you’ve gifted them a pass.
  • Please note, this gifting option (with the downloadable certificate and instructions) will not be available after January 11. Instead, if you’d like to buy multiple tickets and share with people watching in different locations, you can purchase as many tickets as you like, and on February 19, you will get a unique viewing link per ticket – you can then send these on to friends or family. They will need their own Vimeo accounts (see http://b.link/vimff-setting-up-vimeo).
Do you offer any discounts?
  • Yes we do! We want to make the films 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 single show ticket, and $10 off a Festival Pass. Use the discount COVID at checkout to receive this discount.
  • Please note, we will not be offering discounts for our Early Bird Pass Sale from December 14 to January 10.
  • You may use the COVID discount for ticket/pass purchases on or after January 11, 2021.
How do I purchase tickets during the viewing window?

Visit vimff.org/. Find the show(s) you want to watch on the shows page, or choose a festival pass, and you’ll be redirected to Vimeo where you can login/sign-up for a free account and pay to watch. Please note that prices will rise once the viewing window opens on February 19.

Who do I contact if I have further questions?

If you have any questions that haven’t been answered here, please contact tickets@vimff.org. We’ll be checking this email regularly and will get back to you as soon as we can.

How to Watch

What platform are you using to for the VIMFF 2021 online?
  • As with our previous online events, we will be using Vimeo as the platform to stream Festival content. In order to watch the films, you’ll need to have your own free Vimeo account. You can create an account www.vimeo.com
When will I receive my access links to the Festival if I buy in advance?
  • First, please add tickets@vimff.org to your email address book, to help ensure it doesn’t get sent to your spam folder.
  • We will send out the access links and instructions 2-3 hours before the viewing window opens on Friday February 19 at noon.
  • 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 provided your cell phone number and opted in to receive at text message when you purchased your ticket, you will also receive a text with your access link a few hours before the viewing window opens.
  • If you haven’t received an 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 tickets@vimff.org – please be sure to send the email from the email you used when purchasing, or include this email, so we can find your purchase.
What are my options to receive my access link/s? (Email, text message)

When you buy your ticket, you will be required to enter your email address – we will always send your code and instructions to this email. Please be sure to enter it correctly and to add tickets@vimff.org to your contacts list.

You will also be given the opportunity to enter your cell phone number. We will then send you a text message with the viewing link. Please make sure you have entered your cell phone (land lines can’t receive text messages!) and include your country code if outside North America.

If I pre-purchased my tickets, how do I watch The VIMFF 2021?
  • On the morning of Friday February 19 (Pacific Daylight Time) we will send you your unique access link/s for the Festival as well as instructions for viewing the films on Vimeo. If you purchased an all-access pass or ticket to a workshop, we will be sending you instructions for accessing the workshop/s at the same time on Friday February 19.  You should receive one or two emails (and a text message if you opted in) with your viewing code/s and instructions.
  • If you haven’t received your access codes by the time the viewing window opens, please email tickets@vimff.org, including the email used when purchasing, and we will re-send it to you.
Do I need a Vimeo account to watch?

Yes, you need a Vimeo account, but only the FREE (“Basic”) version. You don’t need to enter your credit card details or pay anything.

Please watch https://vimeo.com/424648094 to guide you through the process.

If you ended up paying for a subscription, refer to the question below on how to get a refund directly from Vimeo.

How do I get a refund for my Vimeo subscription?

According to Vimeo’s policies, you can get a refund on your subscription in the first 5 days, so don’t delay! You can contact them through https://vimeo.com/help/contact Unfortunately VIMFF cannot help with the process.

Here are Vimeo’s relevant policies:

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, refer to the relevant FAQ below.
How to I watch on my Smart TV or Apple TV?
Will the films have subtitles or closed captioning?
  • Yes, there will be English subtitles for all films.
  • At the bottom right of the screen, look for the “CC” logo – click on it, and select the language you prefer (or “none” to turn it off).
  • For more information on subtitling on Vimeo, watch https://vimeo.com/358296408
  • Note that closed captions are available on some Smart TV or subscription platforms, such as Apple TV, but not on others, such as Roku. Please refer to Vimeo’s smart TV guide for more information.
How do I purchase tickets during the viewing window?

Visit vimff.org/. Find the show(s) you want to watch on the shows page, or choose a festival pass, and you’ll be redirected to Vimeo where you can login/sign-up for a free account and pay to watch. Please note that prices will rise once the viewing window opens on February 19.

The films aren'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 films multiple times?

Yes – you can watch each film as many times as you want. If you pre-purchased your ticket from the VIMFF website before February 19, you’ll receive an access link on February 19, which will allow you to view the films on Vimeo. You’ll need to follow this link before midnight on February 28 in order to activate it, and once you activate it, you’ll have 30 days to watch the films.

Is there an option for me to purchase the films to own?

No, we aren’t offering the films for separate rental at this time.

How long is the VIMFF 2021 available to watch?

Once you enter your code or make the purchase from Vimeo, you will have 30 days to watch the show/s you purchased.

Once the viewing window closes, codes can no longer be entered and new purchases cannot be made, unfortunately.

Can I watch the films from anywhere in the world?

The films will be accessible from anywhere in the world for streaming (not download). Our viewing window for the VIMFF 2021 opens at noon on Friday February 19. All tickets must be purchased and access links activated before midnight on Sunday February 28, in order to be able to view the films.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

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 loved the films! 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 filmmakers, as for ticket purchases, so you are supporting the Festival AND the Filmmakers!
  • Go to https://vimff.org/product/donate/ to donate.
Who do I contact if I have further questions?

If you have any questions that haven’t been answered here, please contact tickets@vimff.org. We’ll be checking this email regularly and will get back to you as soon as we can.