Supported by the Nanaimo Arts Council, the Festival debuted in 2006 and held a sold out screening of short films by B.C. filmmakers at the Nanaimo Entertainment Centre.
Since then, the Festival has grown, receiving entries locally and from around the world, placing Nanaimo on the map as a film festival host that specifically serves short filmmakers. By valuing quality and diversity, the 2017 Festival will showcase amazing short films in a multitude of genres and styles.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-802-9462.
Meet the team:
Karla Duarte (Director)
Karla Duarte holds a Masters in Tourism Management and over 10 years experience in event planning. Having traveled extensively and worked internationally on creating leisure experiences for visitors, Karla looks forward to presenting an inviting festival to all film lovers in her hometown of Nanaimo. In her spare time, Karla indulges in the joy of making desserts and sharing them with her sweet-loving comrades while philosophizing about history, economics, women’s rights, and love.
Greg Brown (Submissions and Show Coordinator)
Greg was born and raised in Nanaimo, BC, where he worked for a few years as a projectionist at the sadly now-defunct Bay Theatre. He’s spent the last ten years in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Greensboro, North Carolina. He’s a writer and teacher, most recently at the University of Virginia’s Young Writers Workshop. He loves movies.
Hilary Eastmure (Promotion Coordinator)
Hilary Eastmure is a former broadcast journalist who now works in government communications. She likes any excuse to eat copious amounts of popcorn, so naturally she has attended the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival every year since moving to Nanaimo from Elora, Ontario in 2014. She joined the VISFF team as Promotions Coordinator in 2016, and promptly made popcorn free for all audience members. She has been scarred for life (in a good way) by several short films screened by VISFF over the years, including the award-winning “Crazy Love” by Helena Marie and “Isolamento” by Carmelo Zucco. The potential for an independent short film to leave such a lasting impact is the main reason she wanted to get involved with the festival, aside from the obvious access to limitless popcorn.
Tracy Vandermolen (Volunteer Coordinator)
Tracy is the ultimate people person. As Volunteer Coordinator, she strives to encourage the best in others, creating a well-oiled volunteer machine that makes for a seamless festival experience. Many of VISFF’s volunteers are new to the city or have never been to a short film festival; Tracy welcomes this opportunity to share her love of Nanaimo and introduce VISFF to a whole new audience. After spending the last 10 years between the Hub City and her home province of Nova Scotia, Nanaimo won and she is happy to be back. When not riding her bike, cooking, or crafting, Tracy works in international education at Vancouver Island University – VISFF’s home base.