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THE MARK OF CAIN
A man is taken captive, driven to a remote forest, and hunted down like an animal; however, the connection between hunter and hunted is not what it seems.
An examination of a young couple’s dysfunctional relationship, Bliss is a study of the contrast between sound and image, light and dark, expectation and reality.
CARMANAH: A POEM
A video poem of the Carmanah Valley, B.C., written and shot by Vancouver Island University instructor Jay Ruzesky.
ACROSS THE WAY
Chief Tom Henderson takes a group from the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nation to their original homeland “across the way”, northeast of Port Hardy, where the last of their ancestors’ villages were destroyed in 1965 by the Canadian government.
THE MONEY PET Winner 2013: Best Writing (Gary Hawes), Best Film and People’s Choice
A slacker is bewildered when he discovers that the laundry money his mutt has accidentally eaten has been passed with compounded interest. Blending the theme of greed with the current setting of today’s economic climate, The Money Pet is a hilarious take on the age-old adage: don’t kill the Golden Goose.
THE KISSING BOOTH
Faced by two girls, with only a single quarter in hand, one young man’s decision at a kissing booth changes the rest of his life.
A surrealist film, rich with visual textures and subtle beauty, in which a poem is written, cut into fragments, and preserved in canning jars.
Dawn has been avoiding going to visit her ill Aunt Grace for too long. With every passing day, Dawn begins to experience hallucinations and her visions become physically harmful.
GAMES FOR DEADBEATS
Flynn, Chris, and Brian have been playing the same board game for the past four years, and are all unwilling to admit defeat, even when confronted with the most gruesome of evils.
When the paths of a teenage skateboarder, a young blind man, and an elderly man converge on a city bus, a story of compassion unfolds, and reveals an affirmation of the human spirit.
YEAR OF THE LIVING DYINGLY Winner 2013: Best Student Film and Best Technical
Year of the Living Dyingly focuses on the disconnect in romantic and sexual connections as it showcases two subjects and the small insecurities, and nuances of their interactions.
WAIT FOR RAIN Winner 2013: Best Performance (Haig Sutherland) and Best Original Music (Alessandro Juliani). A warming planet has made water scarce, and wearing plants as accessories fashionable. This is a futuristic comedy about James, a hapless office worker, who becomes obsessed with nurturing his plant in order to obtain the respect of his peers and the attention of his love-interest.
The 12th Vancouver Island Short Film Festival took place on February 10 and 11, 2017 at the Malaspina Theatre at Vancouver Island University. Stay tuned for 2018!
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 email@example.com or 250-802-9462.