2016 Selection Committee announced!

We are excited to introduce the members of VISFF 2016 selection committee.
All three judges are experienced and passionate film makers and storytellers, and are long term fans of our festival. 


Paul Arnell

Paul Arnell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from VIU and is a 9 year veteran of Nanaimo’s own Van Isle Video. He has a deep and enthusiastic love of cinema and has devoted a great deal of time to sharing that passion with, let’s face it, anyone who will listen. Paul is a self-described “Really Big Geek” for almost all forms of media, and is a big believer that watching the right film at the right time can change a person for the better. In his not spare time, Paul can be found doing what he loves for a living as an art instructor with 4Cats Nanaimo.




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Sarah Schwartz

Sarah Schwartz is passionate about storytelling and production design. Her education and background is in film production, make-up artistry and interior design.  She has worked in post-production as an editor and as film critic who has contributed to the popular film and pop culture website Ain’t It Cool News. This is her second time on the selection committee for the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival.






Terence Fitzgerald

Terence Fitzgerald is a world-renowned pioneer in the entertainment world. Terence started his career with the Spawn #1 comic book in 1992, selling a record 1.7MM copies. Five years later Todd McFarlane Entertainment was born in California, a development company creating work in film, television, music videos, animation, soundtrack, and video games arenas. 1997 saw the release of the New Line Cinema Spawn movie generating over $100MM at the box office. Terence was a producer and oversaw the soundtrack which was certified platinum in ten countries. Other film projects included The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, a 2002 Sundance winner, the documentary Todd McFarlane: The Devil You Know by the NFB of Canada, and OZ, a $200MM reimagining of the Wizard of Oz at Warner Bros. Animated series Todd McFarlane’s Spawn had a three-season run on HBO and garnered two Emmy wins. Music video work included Disturbed’s “Land of Confusion”, Swollen Members’ “Breath,” (2003 MuchVIBE Best Rap Video winner), Korn’s “Freak on a Leash,” (1999 Grammy Award and two MTV VMAs winner). This video was also #23 on MTV’s “100 Greatest Videos of All Time”. The 1998 video for Pearl Jam’s “Do the Evolution” also garnered a Grammy nomination. Spring 2009 saw Terence return back to Vancouver Island. He continues to consult in all entertainment genres as well sit on different boards for non-profits.

Film submissions for local filmmakers

We are pleased to continue the fee waiver program for local filmmakers who will not be charged for submitting a film! Local filmmakers that wish to take advantage of the fee waiver program will be required to personally drop off their film (on DVD) and a completed entry form to the Nanaimo North Town Centre administration office in Nanaimo located at 4750 Rutherford Road. Entry forms are available online and at the Nanaimo Arts Council office.

All submissions must be made by November 1st 2015 to be considered. The VISFF is a juried show and the list of films to be shown at the Festival on February 12th and 13th will be announced January 1st. All entries must be made online or in person, we no longer except any submissions by mail.

If you have any questions about submitting a film, please email our Submission Coordinator, Zachary Tannar (submissions@visff.com)

10th annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival a huge success

The tenth annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (VISFF) was a huge success with more than 770 people in attendance at three shows on Feb. 6 and 7.

“I couldn’t be more happy with this year’s VISFF,” said Festival Director Johnny Blakeborough. “We’ve been working hard for months preparing for the festival and wanted to make sure our tenth year was something special. With record breaking attendance and such a great response from our audience, it looks like we succeeded.”

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VISFF 2015 – Tonight is the Night!

The VISFF is tonight at Malaspina Theatre!

The doors will open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm! Tickets can be still purchased through the Port Theatre until 4 pm today for $15 or $10 for students. We will also have some tickets available at the door, cash only (sorry). Friday and Saturday night shows are nearly sold out, the matinee show still has plenty of tickets.

The show is at the Malaspina Theatre (Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo Campus) in building 310, here is a link to a campus map. The closest parking lots are G and H, accessed from Fifth Street (Entrance 5D). All parking at the university is pay parking until 8 pm. You do not need to pay for parking after 8pm.

For our out of town guests here is a link to Google Maps to help in finding the University.

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