Festival President

Amir Houshang HASHEMI

 Born in 1967
Vancouver Film School Graduate
Founder & President of Pacific United Productions
Movie Director, Producer, Writer and Critic
Member of CICAE (International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas)

 Pacific International Film Festival is an annual international film festival, a live event with in-person screenings, workshops, and public seminars. The festival’s mission is to promote film industry talents for another step up in their careers. This festival is located in the city of Vancouver, utilizing the worldwide cinematic quality of this phenomenal location to promote its event. Vancouver, the third-largest Film & TV production center in North America, is known for the quality of its crews, locations, and competitive production environment. Some of the recently completed projects in the region are BFG, Deadpool 1 & 2, Game Over, Man, The Mountain Between Us, Okja, Overboard, The Predator, Star Trek Beyond, Superman: Man of Steel, Tron 3, Twilight Saga, War of the Planet of the Apes, and World of Warcraft.


Vancouver, with its scenic views, mild climate, and friendly people, is known around the world as both a popular tourist attraction and one of the best places to live. It is also one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada with 60 percent of the population speaking a first language other than English. Vancouver is the largest city in British Columbia, and the eighth largest municipality in Canada; the Greater Vancouver metropolitan area (which includes neighboring cities such as Burnaby, Richmond, and Surrey) is the third largest in Canada. Although Vancouver has a reputation for rain, it actually ranks as the 9th rainiest.


Vancouver has hosted many international conferences and events, including the 1954 Commonwealth Games, UN Habitat, Expo 86, APEC Canada 1997, the World Police and Fire Games in 1989 and 2009; several matches of 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup including the finals at BC Place in Downtown Vancouver, and the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics which were held in Vancouver and Whistler, a resort community 125 km north of the city.

In 1969, Greenpeace was founded in Vancouver. The city became the permanent home to TED conferences in 2014.

Vancouver is well known as an urban center surrounded by nature, making tourism it’s second-largest industry. Major film production studios in Vancouver and nearby Burnaby have turned Greater Vancouver and surrounding areas into one of the largest film production centers in North America, earning it the nickname “Hollywood North”.