The 2016 VISFF trailer

Check out our amazing trailer for the 11th annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival, which takes place on Feb. 12 and 13. Tickets available at There will also be limited ticket sales at the door.


11th Annual VISFF Shortlist Announced

Thirteen films have been chosen for screening at the 11th annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (VISFF), February 12 at 7pm and February 13 at 2pm and 7pm. The Festival takes place at the Malaspina Theatre at Vancouver Island University and all of the films will be shown at each screening.

This year VISFF organizers received 47 films from local and international filmmakers.

This year’s selected films are:

  • A Late Thaw by Kim Barr
  • Dude, Where’s My Ferret? by Alison Parker
  • I Am Not Perfect by Sopithan Rajeswaran
  • Kindergarten, Da Bin Ich Wieder by Aubrey Arnason & Kalyn Miles
  • LOST by Michael Chen
  • Mind Game Demon by Angie Hawes
  • Moth by Evan Britz
  • Sweet Dreams Norma Jean by Dave Hamilton
  • The Home Show by Graham Stark
  • Tugende Baseballer by Hubert Kang & Heather Mosher
  • Unlock by Isaac Hor
  • With Dad by Matt Kincses
  • Vancouver Island Traditional Foods Conference by Elizabeth Kawahara

“We are very excited about this year’s selection of films,” said VISFF Director Karla Duarte. “This year’s films were especially great”.

Over half of the 47 entries of short films came from Vancouver Island filmmakers, as well as 13 from the mainland, 4 entries from across Canada and 3 from Malaysia, Los Angeles and the Czech Republic. “Very strong lineup this year in so many different genres, techniques and storylines. Happy to be a part of this important BC event!” said Selection Committee Member, Terence Fitzgerald.

The selected films will screen Friday, February 12, 2016 at 7pm, followed by a musical performance by Nanaimo’s own Boomshack; Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 2pm, followed by a filmmakers’ Q&A; and Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 7pm followed by the awards ceremony.

VISFF sells out every year and tickets are now available online at, through the Port Theatre and some will be available at the door. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for regular tickets. The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival is a Nanaimo Arts Council event. For complete details, check us out on or email To purchase tickets go to, visit the Port Theatre (125 Front Street) or call 250-754-8550.

4 minutes with Sandeep The Soul Survivor

With the Fundraising Gala around the corner (Thursday, November 19 at the Firehouse), it is time to introduce the king of funk whose DJ set will make the dancefloor irresistible.

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What do you like about 70’s music?
I’m a 70’s baby, 80’s child but just barely — I was born in 1979 so I have a greater connection to 80’s culture. The way I feel about the 70’s is something I see happening in music right now, a lot of young people feeling nostalgic for an era that exists only in their mind. I can listen to records, watch movies and television and read books from that era and create my own little space where everything fits a specific way, almost like a painting.
But getting back to 80’s culture, a lot of the music I grew up listening to — hip hop and electronic music — those early songs sampled music from the 70’s and it forms the backbone of sample culture.

What is your essential 70’s movie?
That’s a tough question, I have a lot of favourites: I absolutely love the pomp of the Godfather; Shaft, The Warrriors and Shoyla were both influential to me as a child, as an adult Sun Ra’s Space is the Place holds a special place in my heart.

Favorite 70’s association?
When Scooby Doo met Batman & Robin.

What are you going to wear to the fundraiser?
Bell bottoms, wide lapels and an ugly not ugly tie.