Tuesday, August 19, 2014


The longest-running short film festival on Vancouver Island, the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (VISFF), is now accepting submissions for this year’s Festival — to be screened at Vancouver Island University’s Malaspina Theatre in Nanaimo—for 3 shows on February 6 and 7, 2015.

The VISFF is an annual event that brings filmmakers and filmgoers together with films from around world. The deadline for entry into the VISFF is November 1st, 2014, for films in all genres with a run time of 12 minutes or less (including credits). Filmmakers of all levels of experience are encouraged to submit entries.

“The VISFF has been so successful because we show films for every type of filmgoer, made by every type of filmmaker. We are looking for young and old, rookies and veterans – we are looking for filmmakers with diverse backgrounds and interests who will create well-told stories to delight and engage our audience,” said Zachary Tannar, VISFF Submission Coordinator.

Now in its tenth year, the VISFF has been expanding each year, with films of all genres received from all across the globe. Last year’s submissions included films from all over Canada and as far away as France. Both shows were nearly sold out, and the volunteers for the VISFF expect an even larger turnout to the 3 shows in 2015 thanks to increasing popularity among filmgoers from Nanaimo and across Vancouver Island.

Filmmakers may submit multiple entries, but each film requires a separate entry form and entry fee. Each film must be submitted separately and no filmmaker shall have more than two films selected. The VISFF is a juried event, and filmmakers receiving the distinction of official selection are entitled to receive artist fees.

Tannar is proud that filmmakers receive artist fees and also have a chance at cash prizes. “The Festival has a commitment to rewarding filmmakers that produce outstanding work. Cash awards will be given out in several categories, including Best Film. Thanks to the continued support of the Nanaimo Arts Council and its members, this year promises to be the best yet.”

To make submitting easier for everyone, the Festival has moved to an online submission system. Filmmakers can submit their films online at http://visff.submittable.com/submit. The online entry fee is $25 per entry, and the submission deadline is November 1st, 2014.

To encourage local filmmaking, the entry fee for local filmmakers will be waived this year. To qualify, local filmmakers need to submit their film and completed entry form, in person to the Film Festival office via the Nanaimo Arts Council in Nanaimo North Town Centre by November 1st, 2014. No submissions will be accepted through mail.

Entry forms and Festival guidelines are available at www.visff.com. For more information visit the website, call 250-729-3947, or email submissions@visff.com.


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