VISFF Dazzles Audience with Diversity


People's Choice Award Winner, Nanaimo's John Gardiner

People’s Choice Award Winner, Nanaimo’s John Gardiner

The 8 Goldie Awards

The 8 Goldie Awards

For Immediate Release

February 14, 2017

Vancouver Island Short Film Festival Dazzles Audience with Diversity

NANAIMO— The 12th annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (VISFF) dazzled audiences with a diverse selection of 16 local and international films, but it was a homegrown comedy that won the coveted Goldie award for People’s Choice.

Nearly 600 people flocked to Vancouver Island University’s newly-renovated Malaspina Theatre for three screenings on February 10th and 11th,  featuring short films from Canada, the United States, Spain, Ireland, China, Iran and the UK. The varied lineup was the result of a record-breaking number of submissions from 14 countries.

“Many audience members said they were really impressed by the quality of our films this year,” said VISFF Director Karla Duarte. “The festival is growing and putting Nanaimo on the map for the quality that the volunteer organizing committee delivers. We can’t wait to incorporate more films for next year.”

While the judges picked ‘Ingrid & the Black Hole’ by Canadian director Leah Johnston for Best WritingBest EditingBest Technical and Best Film, ‘Reproductive Cycles’ by Nanaimo filmmaker John Gardiner proved to be the favourite among festival-goers.

“It was such an honour to have my film shown at this year’s VISFF,” said Gardiner. “Winning the People’s Choice award was an unexpected thrill and I am very proud of my team!”

The other awards went to ‘Difter’ by Langara College’s Olivia Lindgren for Best Student Film, Pol Fernandez of ‘Croissant’ for Best Performance, and ‘Me, Baby & the Alligator’ for Best Music.

The winner of VISFF’s new Pitch-A-Flick contest was Charlotte Zhang of Nanaimo, for her pitch idea ‘Christine at Night’. Zhang will get $1000 to turn her vision into a reality, with support from local filmmaking mentor Raymond Knight of Knight Studio Productions.

Check out more pictures on the VISFF Instagram or Facebook page!

2017 Official Selection

January 2, 2016 – For Immediate Release

16 Films Selected for 2017 Vancouver Island Short Film Festival

Sixteen short films from around the world have been selected for the 12th annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (VISFF) in Nanaimo on February 10th & 11th at Malaspina Theatre.

The festival received a record 112 entries from 14 countries. The VISFF Selection Committee settled on a diverse array of films from Vancouver Island, the United States, Spain, Ireland, China, Iran and the UK.

This year’s films:

Me, Baby and the Alligator (Jean Faucher) Canada

Leonore’s Lullaby (Quentin Paquignon) China

Drifer (Olivia Lindgren) Vancouver

Found (Sunny Bahia) UK

Reproductive Cycles (John Gardiner) Nanaimo

Women’s Christmas Night (Oonagh Kearney) Ireland

Fish (Saman Hosseinpuor) Iran

Mia (Amanda Strong & Bracken Hanuse Corlett) Canada

Cradle (David Holechek, Jake Hart) US

Ingrid and the Black Hole (Leah Johnston) Canada

Croissant (Marius Conrotto Diaz) Spain

Lemonade Mafia (Anya Adams) US

Isolamento (Carmelo Zucco) Canada

It`s All In Your Head (Greg Jeffs) Canada

Descrambled Eggs (Kayla Jeanson) Canada

Sweat (Kristin Snowbird) Canada

“The VISFF Selection Committee worked hard to narrow down the most entries we’ve ever had”, said VISFF Director Karla Duarte. “the result is an impressive and unique combination of local, Canadian and international films.”

The selected films will be screened on Friday, February 10th at 7:00pm (followed by a filmmakers Q&A) and Saturday, February 11th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm (followed by the Awards Ceremony).

Tickets for the VISFF are $15 or $10 for students. They’re available at and through The Port Theatre. The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival is a Nanaimo Arts Council event. For more information, visit or email

Vancouver Island Short Film Festival Launching New Pitch-A-Flick Contest


Young filmmakers from across Vancouver Island are invited to submit a short film pitch for a shot at $1000 and a mentorship with one of Nanaimo`s premier film production studios!

The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival is launching the Pitch-A-Flick Short Film Pitch Contest in partnership with Knight Studio Productions. It`s a chance for the next generation of aspiring Vancouver Island filmmakers to win $1000 to fund the production of a short film and a project-long mentorship with Nanaimo filmmaker Raymond Knight. Organizers hope to assist the contest winner in turning their cinematic vision into an on-screen reality.
“Our goal is to inspire and empower young filmmakers,” said VISFF Director Karla Duarte. “By offering the chance to win production funding and a mentorship with an established filmmaker, we hope to spur the creation of a short film we can ultimately screen at the festival. But more importantly, we want to give a budding filmmaker the resources and support they need to follow their dreams and succeed.”

To enter, applicants 25 years or younger must submit a one-minute pitch video and script by February 1st, 2017. All film genres and formats will be considered, and the completed film must not exceed 12 minutes, including credits. Full rules and regulations can be found online at

The winning film pitch will be screened at the VISFF matinee on February 11, 2017 and the completed film will automatically be entered into consideration for next year`s festival.

The 12th annual VISFF takes place February 10 and 11, 2017 at Vancouver Island University’s Malaspina Theatre. Tickets for this year’s festival are already on sale at the Port Theatre and online.