Studio Ghibli Forever Spring Break with VIFF

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This Spring Break, VIFF is hosting a family-friendly series, Studio Ghibli Forever!, featuring all 23 films from the world’s most revered animation studio. With animated works spanning four decades, VIFF invites audiences to revisit the full collection on the big screen.

Studio Ghibli Forever! at VIFF
Studio Ghibli Forever!

Studio Ghibli Forever Spring Break with VIFF

  • When: March 13-25, 2023
  • Where: VIFF Centre – Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St, Vancouver)
  • Tickets: Open to all ages, VIFF offers reduced pricing of $8 tickets for Youth aged 12 and under for all films in this series.

The series will feature gems such as My Neighbor TotoroKiki’s Delivery Service and Princess MononokeStudio Ghibli Forever! launches just in time for Spring Break, with the first installment, focused on the years 1984 to 1999, screening from March 13 to 25 at the VIFF Centre.

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) dir. Hayao Miyazaki
Castle in the Sky (1986) dir. Hayao Miyazaki
My Neighbor Totoro (1988) dir. Hayao Miyazaki
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) dir. Hayao Miyazaki
Only Yesterday (1991) dir. Isao Takahata
Grave of the Fireflies (1988) dir. Isao Takahata
Porco Rosso (1992) dir. Hayao Miyazaki
Ocean Waves (1993) dir. Tomomi Mochizuki
Pom Poko (1994) dir. Isao Takahata
Whisper of the Heart (1995) dir. Yoshifumi Kondo
My Neighbours the Yamadas (1999) dir. Isao Takahata
Princess Mononoke (1997) dir. Hayao Miyazaki

Screening in chronological order, beginning with Hayao Miyazaki’s first film as writer-director Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, each title will play twice—once as a matinee in an English language dub and again, the following evening, in the original Japanese with English subtitles. Select evening shows will be introduced by local animators and scholars, including Jeff Chiba Stearns, Keith Blackmore, and Ann Marie Fleming.

Continuing the story, Studio Ghibli Forever! Part Two will feature monthly screenings of Ghibli favourites including Spirited AwayThe Tale of the Princess KaguyaPonyoHowl’s Moving Castle and more, and play out through the remainder of 2023.

VIFF’s retrospective series follows news that Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki will come back from retirement with a new feature film, How Do You Live?, destined for release later this year.

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