Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Vancouver Island Short Film Festival 2015


2015 VISFF Short List Announced

Fourteen films have been chosen for screening at the 10th annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (VISFF) next month, February 6th and 7th.

This year the VISFF organizers received 65 films to choose from that thoroughly impressed the selection committee. The final selection includes “Alice and Kevin” by Sam Vint, “At Death’s Door” by Todd Jones, “Craven” by Devon Kuziw, “CRAZY LOVE” by Mathieu Charest, “The Dreamer” by Laurence Fortin Gagnon, “Fingers Cutting Glass” by Evan Britz, “George Bassler’s Perpetual Motion Machine” by Berny Hi, “Good Beastly Bad” by Michael Chen, “Habit” by Steff Gundling, “Just Shoot Me” by Linley Subryan, “The Pair” by Graham Stark, “Project Heart – Honouring Residential School Survivors” by Ed Carswell, “Smart Home” by Carol Phiniotis, and “Teenage Dance” by Adam Bentley.

All of the above films will be shown at the VISFF on February 6th and 7th at the Malaspina Theatre on the Nanaimo campus of Vancouver Island University.

“We are very excited about this year’s selection of films,” said VISFF Director Johnny Blakeborough. “Every year, the submitted films get better and better. I had high expectations for our 10th year, but these films are tremendous.”

The 65 entries of short films came from Vancouver Island, the mainland, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and also Missouri, New York, Ireland, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Iran. This is the most diverse selection of films ever submitted to the Festival.

This year, for the first time ever, the VISFF will have three screenings of the selected films – two evening shows and a matinee on Feb. 7.

“The Festival was jam-packed last year,” said Blakeborough. “We wanted to give our audience another opportunity to check out these great short films, so we decided to add a matinee screening on Feb. 7. The evening shows are always very busy, so this will give more people a chance to check out the Festival.”

The Festival is fast approaching, so get your tickets before they are gone! Tickets are available online at www.visff.com/tickets at $10 for students and $15 for regular tickets. There will also be tickets available at the door. There will be three showings of the 14 selected films: Friday, February 6th and two showings on Saturday, February 7th. All screenings will showcase the same 14 films. Following the Friday show there will be a musical performance by Nanaimo’s own Top Men; the Saturday matinee show will be followed by a filmmaker Q&A, and after the Saturday evening show there will be an awards ceremony for the winning filmmakers.

The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival is a Nanaimo Arts Council event. For complete details, check us out on facebook.com/visff, email admin@visff.com or call 250-729-3947. To purchase ticket

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