Vancouver Island Short Film Festival Unveils 2017 Selection Committee

The five-member Selection Committee for the 12th annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival has a monumental task at hand. With over 70 films already submitted and more rolling in every day, VISFF is on track to receive the most submissions in its 12-year history, including a record number of international films.

“I can’t wait to delve into the eight-plus straight hours of short films,” says Reb Stevenson, co-creator of Pancake Manor, a wildly-popular series of puppet-infused pop music videos for kids that boasts half a billion YouTube views. “I have popped a lot of popcorn in advance!”


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12 FOR 12

The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival is now accepting entries for it’s 12th year. The Festival will take place February 10 & 11, 2017 at the Malaspina Theatre at Vancouver Island University. Films can be submitted on our homepage through the FilmFreeway link. For rules and regulations see the Selection and Judging Committee Policy.

The early-bird entry fee is now in effect. Enter now and until October 12th pay only $25 per entry!

Entries remain FREE for local filmmakers. Films must be submitted in person at the Nanaimo Arts Council office or by contacting More information coming soon!

Congratulations to our 2016 VISFF award winners!

Best Student Film award: MOTH by Evan Britz

Best Original Music award: Henrik Astram – Dude Where’s My Ferret

Best Technical award: A Late Thaw- Director Kim Barr

Best Writing award : Aubrey Arnason – Kindergarten Da Bin Ich Wieder

Performance award: Isaac Hor in Unlock

People’s Choice award: LOST by Michael Chen

Best Film: LOST by Michael Chen

Michael Chen's LOST - winner of Best Film and People's Choice

Michael Chen’s LOST – winner of Best Film and People’s Choice

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.