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.


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, 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 or email To purchase tickets go to, visit the Port Theatre (125 Front Street) or call 250-754-8550.