Monday, October 31, 2011

VISFF Submissions Call

Local Film Festival Celebrates 7th Year!

The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (VISFF) is now accepting submissions for the 2012 show. The VISFF, which will celebrate its seventh anniversary in 2012, is an annual event that brings filmmakers and filmgoers together and continues to be the only short film festival on Vancouver Island that focuses on local talent. This year is promised to be the best yet! With lots of great additions to the festival line-up and room for new sponsorship opportunity. We’ve added a theme for festival patrons “Old Hollywood”

The Malaspina Theatre on the Nanaimo Campus of Vancouver Island University will play host to the festival on April 13th and 14th at 7PM. Building on the success of previous years, the 2012 show will be comprised of 12 -20 juried films.

The festival is open to all genres of films that are 12 minutes in length or less, including credits. In past years, the VISFF only accepted films of 10 minutes or less, but this year, the organizers have decided to extend the time limit. “In previous years, judges couldn’t select some great films that ran over the ten minute limit,” said Meg Fulton, VISFF Submissions Coordinator. “We still love a film that can tell a story in just a few minutes, but we hope this extension will aid the filmmakers in their creative process.”

The deadline for entry is February 1, 2012. Films should be submitted on MiniDV, DVD or VHS tape. Filmmakers may submit multiple entries, but each film requires a separate entry form and fee. Each film must be submitted separately (on a separate DVD etc.) and no filmmaker shall have more than 2 films selected for the show. The VISFF is a juried event with films receiving the distinction of official selection entitled to artist fees. For more information regarding submitting films, visit for entry forms and festival guidelines.

The 2012 festival sees the return of the Shorter Pitch for a Short Film Competition and the Filmmakers Q&A. In 2011 the Shorter Pitch for a Short Film Competition was popular with the audience and contestants.  Prospective filmmakers compete to win the audience’s favour, pitching their concept for a short film for a chance for cash toward the production of their project. This year’s festival will also include a Filmmakers Q&A. Listening to a filmmaker speak passionately about their work is always rewarding. The Q&A is your chance to engage in a dialogue by asking questions of local filmmakers.

Now in its 7th exciting year, the VISFF is a hugely successful event that celebrates local talent. Building on the success of six previous years, the festival continues to support local talent by providing filmmakers with an opportunity to screen their films in front of an audience. The festival has a commitment to rewarding local filmmakers that produce outstanding work in their films. Cash awards for outstanding films will be given out in several categories, including best film.

“Our main goal is to turn the spotlight on our talented local filmmakers”, said festival director Johnny Blakeborough. “More than anything, this festival is for them. It’s an opportunity to show their films in front of a large audience.”

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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