Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Vancouver Island Short Film Festival

Films Chosen For Festival

After several months of preparation and promotion, followed by a thorough judging process, eighteen films have been selected for the 4th annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival.

62 original short films were entered into the festival by local filmmakers. A jury selected 18 films that will be shown at the festival on January 23rd and 24th - 7 PM - at the Malaspina Theatre at the Nanaimo VIU campus. The festival will include a screening of the 18 selected films and an awards ceremony for best films in several categories with prizes for winning filmmakers.

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

“It was an exciting but difficult process, but the final 18 films are some of the best short films I have ever seen. This was the hardest year to choose a limited number of films for the festival. There are so many talented filmmakers in our community and we are very excited to give them an opportunity to showcase their work.”

The selected films include A Christmas Story by Michael Chen, Inanimate ObjectsMixscapes by Ovidu Morosan, Pattern Paper by Fran Benton, Right to the Source by Graham Stark, Searching for Autum by Leela Heyward, Shivers by Matthew Smith, Sour Sam by Jeremy Lutter, The Carved Pumpkin by Paul Whittington, The Nettle Solution by David Boehm, The Noise Upstairs by Gary Prendergast, The Shark Whisperer by Steve Fagan, The Shoes by Sky Brown and Ben Wengel, The Walbran by Norm Bergvist, Toy-Tal Recall by Todd Jones, Wind by Aaron Wilson, WSIM by Jennifer Hardy and You Suck by Gregory Ball. by Paul Whittington,

All types of short films were accepted for consideration into the festival. All films had to be 10 minutes or less to be considered. “Our main goal is to turn the spotlight on our talented local filmmakers,” says Blakeborough. “More than anything, this festival is for them. It’s an opportunity to show their films in front of a large audience.”

Tickets are available in the Nanaimo Arts Council Gallery in Nanaimo North Town Centre, Falconer Books at Port Place Mall, the Nanaimo Art Gallery at the VIU campus and the door. Tickets are $15.

The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival is a Nanaimo Arts Council event. The Nanaimo Arts Council is dedicated to the promotion, development and support of all the arts in Nanaimo and area. Information on the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival is available on the website at www.visff.com. For more information, contact admin@visff.com or phone 250-729-3947.


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