Why 19+?

"Why is this film 19+ when it's rated PG?"


Back in October 2014, the Vic became the first cinema in Victoria to get its liquor license!  That means we can sell fantastic local beer and wine in our concession—you can even bring it down into the theatre!  The only trouble is that we can't let minors in when we're enjoying our drinks, so unless we've decided to make a film an all ages screening, we've got to make sure our audience is over 19.  Cheers!


Right now, we're serving:

Spinnakers' Lager, Cascadia Dark Ale, and Queen Bee Honey Kolsch

Phillips Beer's Blue Buck and Pilsner

Driftwood Brewery's Fat Tug IPA and White Bark Witbier

Church & State's Lost Inhibitions red & white wine 

Keep an eye out for cocktails at our special events!  In the past, we've served mulled wine, bourbon milkshakes, Pimm's Cup, White Russians, and—for the 50th anniversary of James Bond film Goldfinger—martinis!

Print Email

About Membership



What is a membership and why do I need one?

Did you know that all the movies you normally see at the theatre have been classified? A film's rating on IMDb or on the back of its DVD case isn't universal; B.C. has its own classification system. That means filmmakers must submit their films to the Consumer Protection Authority of B.C. for review before being assigned a rating. It's a costly process, and one that many independent filmmakers—and the Victoria Film Festival—can't afford.  That's why some of the films shown at the Vic Theatre and all of the films at the Victoria Film Festival are unclassified.

In British Columbia the only way to view unclassified films is to be an active member of the society showing the film and over the age of 18—that's the law, even if the film would get a G rating.

But here's the good news!

Membership to the Victoria Film Festival Society (VFF) is only $2.00. It's good for one festival year (August 2016 to July 31 2017) and you can keep the membership fob in your wallet or on your keychain to show us each time you come to a film.

The Victoria Film Festival is a non-profit, charitable organization.

NOTE: If you have purchased a Victoria Film Festival Film, Gold or Platinum pass, or a Friends of the Vic membership, you DO NOT need to purchase a separate VFF Membership, as it is included with your pass purchase.

Memberships are available for purchase any time The Vic's box office is open, it only takes a moment!


  • The Victoria Film Festival (AKA Victoria Independent Film & Video Society) is responsible for operating in compliance with the Motion Picture Act and Consumer Protection BC.
  • To attend a VFF film screening (which may not have been classified by Consumer Protection BC), you must be a Victoria Independent Film & Video Society member.
  • Membership is by annual subscription and is limited to persons who are 18 years of age or over.
  • Only members are permitted to be present at the place where a non-classified film is being exhibited.
  • Victoria Independent Film & Video Society’s mandate is the encouragement and appreciation of motion pictures as a medium of art, information or education.


Consumer Protection BC

Print Email

FOTV: August!

Free film for all Friends of The Vic and $5 (+GST) for a friend.


 A Woman's Life

When: Saturday, August 19th at 4pm



Runtime: 119 minutes

Country: France & Belgium

Director: Stéphane Brizé


In 19th century Normandy, young aristocrat Jeanne marries as soon as she leaves the convent where she studied. Naive and full of childhood dreams, her sheltered and privileged view of the world soon crumbles as she is exposed to the harsh realities of adulthood.


Following Jeanne through decades of her life, this epic tale won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Venice Film Festival for Best Film in competition. 


Unrated – Membership Required – 19+ Event


Want to become a Friend of The Vic Theatre? Go here.



Print Email