Monday, December 31, 2007

VANCOUVER ISLAND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL


Films Chosen for Festival

After several months of preparation and promotion followed by a thorough judging process, 21 films have been selected for the third annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival.

60 original short films were entered into the festival by local filmmakers. A jury selected 21 films that will be shown at the festival on January 18 and 19, 2008 and awarded prizes by a final panel of judges.

“We are thrilled with the quality of films,” said VISFF organizer Johnny Blakeborough.

“It was a tough process, but the final 21 films are excellent. We anticipated some great films, but these exceeded our expectations and should make the festival an event to remember. There are so many talented filmmakers in our community and we are very excited to give them an opportunity to showcase their talents.”

The selected films include Sometimes by Scott Amos, Grass by Scott Amos, Sticks and Stones by deVilliers van Zyl, Love is Blind by Josh Hauca, Traditional Fishing by Harold Joe, Brownie Points by Nicole M. Nattrass, Searching for Wallenberg by Rick Raxlen, 21 Kilograms by Jim Wagner, Outside My Window by Kristen Wald, Bricklayer by Vincent Wells, L19: Disposed by Paul Whittington, Chicken on the Run by Gregory Ball, Dialtone by Gregory Ball, The Secret Life of Toast by Graham Stark, Slacking for Gold by Graham Stark, A Part of Our Heritage by Graham Stark, Eyewitness Accounts by Graham Stark, Trailer Dance: A Love Story by Fran Benton, Nice Shoes by John Gardiner, Bad Brownie by Chad Schroter-Gillespie and Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat by Simon Berman.

All short listed films will be shown at the January 18 and 19 screenings with the chance to win awards in several categories. 10 of the films come from 9 Nanaimo filmmakers.

“Our main goal is to turn the spotlight on our talented local filmmakers,” said Blakeborough.

“More than anything, this festival is for them. It’s an opportunity to show their films in front of a large audience.”

The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival will take place on January 18 and 19, 2008 at the Malaspina University-College theatre.

Tickets to the festival are available in the Nanaimo Arts Council Gallery in North Town Centre and Falconer Books in Port Place Mall. The first night of the festival will include a screening of the selected films, while the second night will include a screening of the films and an awards ceremony for best films and prizes for winning filmmakers. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door, but last year’s festival sold out very quickly, so everyone is encouraged to buy them in advance. Tickets are $15.

All types of short films were accepted for consideration into the festival. All films had to be 10 minutes or less to be considered.

Information on the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival is available on the website at www.visff.com. For more information, contact admin@visff.com


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