Held in Vancouver, Canada, North America’s third largest production centre for film and television, Vancouver Golden Panda International Film Festival (GPIFF) was founded by Orient Star Media in June, 2013.

Its mission is to serve as a launching pad for global emerging filmmakers to showcase their visions and talents; foster collaborations in film production between China and the West while contributing to Vancouver’s burgeoning film industry.

A registered non-profit organization, GPIFF champions the humanistic perspective in filmmaking and aims to build a hub where professionals can exchange experiences and insights regarding today’s industry.

Organized by the GPIFF Committee and Orient Star Media Inc., GPIFF contains various stages including Film Submission, Public Screening, Campus Events, Jury Selection, Golden Panda Film Industry Forum, Red Carpet and Private Cocktail Party, Awards Ceremony, and Golden Panda International Filmmakers Cultural Immersion Trip.

Thirteen awards are presented at the festival, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Short Film, Best Director for Short Film, Best Screenplay for Short Film, Best Documentary, Best Humanistic Vision, Special Jury Recommendation, Best Visual Effects and Rising Star Award.

As rewards, one representative from each production team of award-winning films will have an opportunity to join the one-week-long Golden Panda International Filmmakers Cultural Immersion Trip.

Since its inauguration in 2013, the world has seen GPIFF growing exponentially from receiving 65 submissions across five countries for the first year to taking in more than 200 entries form all across the world for the year following. The 2014 GPIFF Awards Ceremony welcomed more than 800 distinguished guests, film professionals, and audience members to celebrate the talent and creativity of six winning filmmakers. Following the success of previous two years’ festivals, the 2015 GPIFF obtained a total number of 865 works from over 70 countries.