Thursday, January 28, 2010

Vancouver Island Short Film Festival

VISFF Feb. 12 & 13

Vancouver Island Short Film Festival 2010
Short List Announced

After several months of preparation and promotion, followed by a thorough judging process, thirteen films have been selected for the 5th annual Nanaimo Arts Council - Vancouver Island Short Film Festival.

This year we were flooded with great original short films. Over the past weeks, a three person jury selected 13 films that will be shown at the festival on February 12th and 13th - 7 PM - at the Malaspina Theatre at the Nanaimo VIU campus. The festival will include a screening of the 13 selected films and an awards ceremony for best films in several categories with prizes for winning filmmakers.

“The quality of storytelling, technical aptitude and artistry is improving every year,” said VISFF director Johnny Blakeborough.“This made the task of narrowing all of the short films submitted down to the 13 that we will show on February 12th and 13th extremely challenging. 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 Boingo Boingo by Mark Benard, Come Clean by Alina Cerminara, Desolation by Steve Harrison, Detective Fawkes and the Victem's Vixen by Todd Jones, Mercenary Soluctions by Graham Stark, Riboflavin by Blair Dykes, Smothered by Linley Subryan, The Button by Jeremy Klassen, The Mechanic by Michael Grand, The Nastiworths by Kristina Durst, The New Dad's Survival Guide by Michael Chen, The Piano Player's Sister by Tash Baycroft & John Gardiner and The Secret of the Sauce by Graham Stark.

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, the House of Indigo Boutique in downtown Nanaimo and at 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 For more information, contact or phone 250-729-3947.


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