February 6 & 7 at VIU Theatre
About The Festival
2015 marks the tenth year for The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival! The Festival continues to celebrate the best works of short filmmakers from Vancouver Island and beyond.
Sponsored by the Nanaimo Arts Council, the Festival debuted in 2006 and held a sold out screening of short films by local filmmakers at the Nanaimo Entertainment Centre.
There are many feature film festivals on Vancouver Island, but none that specifically serve short filmmakers. Many of our entries feature local actors, writers, directors, musicians and film technicians. The 2015 Festival will showcase amazing short films in a multitude of genres and styles February 6th and 7th at the Vancouver Island University Theatre.
The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival creates opportunities for filmmakers, not only to screen their films, but to network with other film professionals and inspire growth in our film community. For more information contact us at email@example.com or 250-729-3947.
Nanaimo’s own Top Men, who specialize in live electronic dance music and elaborate stage shows, will be performing on Feb. 6th after our opening night screening of the 2015 VISFF. We sat down with them to talk about how films greatly influence their lives and their performances.
VISFF: Do you prefer short films or features?
Paul: I don’t think I necessarily prefer one thing or the other. But I find fewer short movies because they’re not as widely promoted, so whenever I find a good short film, especially an animated one, I feel this rush of excitement.
Brendan: I really liked the Spike Jonze short film we watched the other day. It’s this robot love story. (“I’m Here”). Super sad.
Chris: I really like the film festival, because, in order to find good short films, I go through the Oscar nominees from previous years, and 90 percent of them are terrible. The Academy is broken, and consists of old rich Hollywood people that are not in touch with real life. There’s a lot of politics involved, and they don’t understand what people go to the movies for.
Liam: Smaller festivals are far more interesting in this sense.
Brendan: They actually put an effort into acquiring local shorts which is crucial.
Liam: I feel like the big budget films are in this endless recycling phase: “Ok, let’s make the seventh iteration of Batman in the last ten years!” In short films, actual new things can happen.
Chris: Mostly because they are completely separate from Hollywood and they don’t need that room full of producers to okay it… I don’t know why my idea of Hollywood is an image of a room full of producers saying “no” to things. (laughs)
Steff Gundling is no stranger to the VISFF. The filmmaker, who was awarded two prizes for her very first brush with the film craft in 2013, a short romance called Year Of The Living Dyingly, will be showing her new documentary Habit on February 6 and 7.
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.