We Heart Canada + Japan 90

We Heart Canada + Japan 90 Short Film Campaign project celebrates the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Canada. The Vancouver Asian Film Festival is partnering with the Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver and the Japan Foundation, Toronto to deliver this initiative and build awareness of the landmark year across Canada.

What does it mean to live in Canada and be connected to Japan?

How has building bridges between Japan and Canada shaped our identity and history?

We are interested in capturing the stories of people and organizations connected to Japan that have helped to create and strengthen the bridge between Japan and Canada.

The We Heart Canada + Japan 90 Short Film Campaign will offer people and organizations the opportunity to share their stories and contribute to the discourse about what the special relationship between Canada and Japan means to them.

Through the special project, people and organizations will work with diverse teams of filmmakers to share their perspectives and their stories will be showcased at annual film festivals in Vancouver and Toronto, and by Japanese Consulates across Canada in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and the Embassy in Ottawa.


  • In the spirit of celebrating the 90th Anniversary of Japan Canada Diplomatic relations, these films will tell the stories of the people and organizations who have been making connections and building stronger bridges between Canada and Japan through short films, and show what Canada’s diverse and inclusive communities love about Japan.
  • To help Vancouver and Toronto based non-profit/charitable organizations with connections to the Japan, to communicate and promote their work, and the experiences of program participants, staff, and volunteers.
  • Help diverse independent filmmakers from Vancouver and Toronto expand their portfolio and client base, and showcase their work.


Main Contact of this campaign:

Please contact Vancouver Asian Film Festival at weheart@vaff.org to learn more about the We Heart Canada + Japan 90 Short Film Campaign Project.


About Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver (CGV)



About the Japan Foundation, Toronto (JFT)



About the Vancouver Asian Film Festival

The Vancouver Asian Film Festival Society (VAFF) is a not-for-profit organization that celebrates diversity in film. The longest-running Canadian film festival of its kind, VAFF was founded by independent filmmaker and writer Barbara K. Lee in 1995 and debuted in September 1997. VAFF is entirely organized and produced by a group of dedicated volunteers, and is made possible by generous financial support from corporate sponsors, public funders and private donors. Organizers are expecting close to 4,000 audience members over the four-day festival. Now on its 22nd year, this four day festival incorporates the theme of INFUSIAN, which shines a spotlight on individuals and communities who create new art and culture by blending together old and new, East and West, classic and cutting-edge, myriad ways of living and thinking. It also reflects the undeniable hybridity of modern Canada, with varied heritages, histories, and cultures coming together in endless combinations to create a vibrant cross-cultural landscape.  Website: www.vaff.org