The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (VISFF) has drawn in an amazing 60 entries to this year’s festival, up from 44 last year and 33 in the first year.
A jury will select the films that will be shown at the festival on January 18th and 19th at the Malaspina Theatre and awarded prizes by a final panel of judges.
“We are thrilled with the quality of films,” said VISFF organizer Johnny Blakeborough.
All short listed films will be shown at the January 18th and 19th screenings with the chance to win awards in several categories.
“Our main goal is to turn the spotlight on our talented local filmmakers,â€ said Blakeborough.
“More than anything, this festival is for them. It’s an opportunity to show their films in front of a large audience.”
Last year’s Vancouver Island Short Film Festival was a sold-out success with an amazing, positive response from the audience and the participating filmmakers. Some of the filmmakers said the festival was the best short film showcase they had ever attended.
After 2 years of sold out shows the festival has been expanded this year to include an additional screening. This year’s Vancouver Island Short Film Festival will take place on January 18 and 19 at the Malaspina University College’s main theatre. The festival starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets to the festival will be available in the Nanaimo Arts Council Gallery in Northtown Centre. The festival will include a screening of the selected films, an intermission with concession and an awards ceremony for best films and prizes for winning filmmakers. Tickets will also be available at the door. Tickets are $15.
All types of short films were accepted for consideration into the festival. All films had to be 10 minutes or less to be considered.
The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival is a Nanaimo Arts Council event. The Nanaimo Arts Council is dedicated to the promotion, development and support of all the arts in Nanaimo and area.