Our 2016 VISFF Award Judges

The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival organizers worked hard this year to establish a judging panel who have built excellent reputations in the fields of film, television and theatre. The judging for this year’s festival has just been completed and we are excited to announce the winners on Feb. 13th.


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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 www.visff.com/tickets, 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 facebook.com/visff or email admin@visff.com. To purchase tickets go to https://tickets.porttheatre.com, visit the Port Theatre (125 Front Street) or call 250-754-8550.