Thursday, November 05, 2009

Vancouver Island Short Film Festival

Enter Your Film And Win

Filmmakers have until December 1st to enter the 5th annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival.

This Nanaimo Arts Council event showcases original short films featuring the work of local film makers. Last year's festival was a huge success, with two back-to-back shows and crowds enjoying 18 incredible short films.

Filmmakers, actors, writers, directors, musicians and film technicians this is your chance to shine. “The festival gives filmmakers a unique opportunity to showcase their work in front of a large and supportive audience” says festival director Johnny Blakeborough.

While many filmmakers have made films specifically for this year’s festival, Blakeborough wants to remind everyone that older films can be entered into the festival. “Entries don’t have to be brand new films,” said Blakeborough. “Filmmakers can enter older films too, as long as they haven’t been previously entered into the VISFF. We want to give filmmakers as many chances as possible to enter.”

All types of short films (comedy, documentary, animation, etc.) will be accepted for consideration into the festival. Films can be up to 10 minutes long including credits. Submissions must be on Mini-DV, DVD or VHS and labeled with the film title, running time and contact information (name, email and phone number). Mini-DV is preferred. Entries must include release forms from actors/musicians/etc (available at Entrants may enter more than one short film, as long as each film includes a separate entry form with entry fee and is on a separate Mini-DV, DVD or VHS tape. The deadline for entries is December 1st, 2009.

The VISFF screenings will be on February 12 and 13, 2010 at the Malaspina Theatre at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo. There will be two screenings of the 15-20 selected films, food, music, and an awards ceremony at the second screening for best films and cash prizes for winning filmmakers. All filmmakers whose films are showcased at the 2010 VISFF will also receive artist’s fees.

Drop off entries at the Nanaimo Arts Council in Nanaimo North-Town Centre or mail to #259, 4750 Rutherford Road, Nanaimo, BC, V9T 4K6. Entry forms and festival guidelines are available at For more information, email or call 250-729-3947.


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