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.


Our judging roster begins with Vancouver Island University’s own Frank Moher. Frank is a writer and instructor in scriptwriting in the Department of Creative Writing and Journalism at Vancouver Island University. His plays have been seen throughout North America and internationally, and as a screen and TV writer he has worked for the CBC, the National Film Board, and various independent producers. He is director of the pioneering online scriptwriting workshop E-script, and is also the artistic producer of Western Edge Theatre in Nanaimo.

Joining Frank is Martin Kostian. A cinephile since childhood, Martin has worked in almost every role in the making and presenting of Motion Pictures and television. He has spent the last 15 years in the Vancouver Motion Picture Industry working on tiny weekend short films to mega-budget blockbusters and everything in between.

We are also excited to have Jerod Fahlman lending his expertise to our panel. Jerod has worked in the industry for almost twenty years for a variety of companies on countless projects, both as a technician and designer. Credits include scenic and costume design for several Rosebud Theatre productions, including The Kite by W.O Mitchell, Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon, and The Wizard of Oz. He has spent the past two seasons as the Assistant Art Director with the CBC’s Heartland.

Tash Baycroft has been involved in the Nanaimo Filmmaking Community for over 15 years. He has had 3 films screened at past VISFF events – “Gone” 2007 (starring Cory Monteith), “One Last Thing” 2012 (co-directed with John Gardiner) and took home the people’s choice award for “The Piano Player’s Sister” in 2010 (co-directed with John Gardiner). Tash also brings more than a decade of experience in broadcast tv, working from the Nanaimo bureau of The New VI / A-Channel /CTV as a camera operator, director & editor, which he did until 2011. Since then, he has been a co-owner, director & editor with Filter Studios, which he operates out of its downtown office.

Michael D. Reid is a film writer and reviewer for the Times Colonist. Born in Glasgow, Scotland and raised in Montreal, the film buff began his newspaper career as an entertainment writer with The Montreal Star. He was also active on that city’s musical theatre scene, founded his own theatre company, Theatrix, worked with the late Canadian actor Maxim Maxumdar’s Phoenix Theatre and wrote the musical revue ‘Noel Coward Tonight’. In addition to reviewing films and covering Vancouver Island’s film and television production industry for the Times Colonist, Reid has also written for publications as diverse as US magazine, Montreal Scene, Macleans, the Montreal Gazette and Tiger Beat. He is also a frequent guest on radio and television shows. Reid has profiled countless celebrities including Bob Hope, Billy Crystal, Jodie Foster, Russell Crowe, Kim Cattrall and George Clooney.

The judges have their work cut out for them as they determine the best film for the following categories:

Best Technical Production, Best Original Music, Best Performance, Best Short Film, Best Student Film and Best Writing.


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