2015 VISFF Tickets On Sale Now

Tickets are now on sale for the 10th annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival

The VISFF celebrates the best short films from Vancouver Island and around the world. The selected films are 12 minutes or less and include a diverse range of genres and styles. The 10th annual Festival will take place on February 6 and 7 at the Vancouver Island University theatre.

“We are incredibly excited for the 10th year of the VISFF,” said Festival Director Johnny Blakeborough. “This year, we received 65 entries of short films 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 that we have ever had submitted to the VISFF.”

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 hold a matinee screening on Feb. 7. The evening shows are always very busy, so this will give our audience another opportunity to check out the Festival.”

A selection committee will comb through the films this month and announce the shortlist of selected films by January 1. All the films will be shown at each of the three shows on Feb. 6 and 7. The opening night will start at 7pm and will also feature a musical performance by Nanaimo’s own Top Men. After the matinee on Saturday at 2pm, there will be a filmmakers’ Q&A with several of the films’ directors. Following the final show on Saturday at 7pm, there will be an Awards ceremony and after-party (held at the Firehouse Grill).

The VISFF is a Nanaimo Arts Council Event. Tickets are $15 ($10 for students) and are available at http://www.visff.com/tickets, at the Port Theatre, and at 250-754-8550.

VISFF Bonus Film Night

The Vancouver Short Film Festival (VISFF) is holding a bonus film screening of ten classic VISFF films on Friday, November 28 at 7pm. The films will be by local Vancouver Island filmmakers. The event will take place at Vancouver Island University in the Liberal Studies lecture theatre (Bldg. 355, room 203). Admission is $5, cash only sales at the door starting at 6:30. This fundraiser will help raise funds for artists fees for the 2015 Festival. The films being shown are:

The First Time We – by John Gardiner
The Year of the Living Dyingly – by Steff Gundling
Tartar Sauce – by Michael Chen
The Way We Mend – by Linley Subryan
Toy-Tal Recall – by Todd Jones
Brownie Points – by Nicole Nattrass
Sticks and Stones –  by de Villiers van Zyl
Android 207 – by Paul Whittington
How to Talk Like a Pirate – by Graham Stark & Paul Saunders
Krupa –  by Raymond Knight

VISFF FILM NIGHT

Annual VISFF Fundraising Gala

We are pleased to announce that the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival’s (VISFF) annual fundraising gala will once again be held at the Firehouse Grill in Nanaimo at 7pm on November 6th.

“Funds raised at the Gala fundraiser will go towards artist fees for filmmakers,” said Festival Director Johnny Blakeborough. “We strongly believe in supporting filmmakers with financial support for their creative ideas. This fundraising party will help us maintain a healthy and active film community on Vancouver Island.”

Tickets are $20, which includes appetizers, a drink, and the chance to meet some of our community’s most talented filmmakers. Sold out in previous years, the evening will feature music by The Massless, live art with Carly Neigum and Eddy Graham, and a movie trivia contest. Fundraiser tickets can be purchased in advance at the Firehouse Grill and the Nanaimo Arts Council. Tickets will also be available at the door.

The deadline to enter short films into the VISFF is November 1st, so filmmakers still have some time to submit their entries.

The VISFF is unique in bringing together filmmakers and audiences for the longest-running short film festival on Vancouver Island. The festival also places a unique focus on diverse film subjects and genres, as well as high quality stories. Filmmakers from Vancouver Island and around the world showcase their work at the VISFF. This 10th annual Festival will take place on February 6 and 7, 2015 at Vancouver Island University’s Malaspina theatre. Tickets for the 2015 VISFF will go on sale through the Port Theatre in November, and will also be available at the show.

Photo by Shayd Johnson

VISFF Fundraising Gala

The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival will be holding its annual Fundraising Gala at the Firehouse Grill (7 Victoria Road, Nanaimo), at 7 p.m. on November 6th. Tickets are $20, which includes appetizers, a drink, and of course the chance to meet some of our brilliant and talented filmmakers! Sold out in previous years, the evening will feature music by The Massless, live art with Carly Neigum and Eddy Graham, and a movie trivia contest. Tickets will be sold at the door.

VISFF Gala Poster Final