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.

Tickets now on sale for the 12th annual VISFF!

Tickets are now on sale for the 12th annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival taking place Feb. 10 and 11 at the Vancouver Island University theatre! Tickets are $15 or $10 for students (plus service charge). The festival is always a packed event, so check out to get your tickets now!


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Vancouver Island Short Film Festival Unveils 2017 Selection Committee

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“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!