17th Annual Festival Live In Nanaimo - Now Complete
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April 8th & 9th, 2022

About Organization

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 festival showcases 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 admin@visff.com.


Hilary Eastmure (Festival Director)

Hilary Eastmure took on the role of Festival Director in 2021. Since first volunteering in 2014, she has also served as Submissions Coordinator, Promotions Coordinator, and Volunteer Coordinator. She is a former broadcast journalist, with experience reporting in Nanaimo for 91.7 Coast FM and in Victoria for CFAX 1017. She currently works in politics and writes for The Discourse. hilary@visff.com

Board of Directors:

Johnny Blakeborough (President)

Johnny Blakeborough co-founded the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival in 2005 and was the Executive Director until 2015. He is an award winning short film producer and podcaster. He is an educator and technologist at Vancouver Island University where he is also the Secretary Treasurer of the Faculty Association and a member of the University Senate. Johnny is also the Broadcast Producer of Desert Bus for Hope, an online, yearly telethon that has raised over 10 million Canadian dollars for Child’s Play, a Children’s Hospital Charity, since 2007. johnny@visff.com

Jocelyn Matwe (Secretary-Treasurer)

Jocelyn graduated with honours from SAIT’s Cinema, Television, Stage, and Radio program in 2004. Soon after, she was able to match her technical aptitude with a passion for storytelling when she accepted a videographer position at Shaw Spotlight in Nanaimo, and has shot, edited, and produced hundreds of stories about Vancouver Island communities, people and events. Outside of Shaw Spotlight, Jocelyn has worked in a variety of roles on several short films and documentaries. She is also a co-recipient of provincial and international awards as producer of the Nanaimo & District Crime Stoppers series. She has worked for several years on the VISFF Selection Committee. jocelyn@visff.com

Sean Enns (Vice-President)

Sean is a writer and playwright, active in Nanaimo arts and culture. His plays have been read and performed locally, and nationally through the Playwrights Guild of Canada. He grew up in the Cowichan Valley and has lived in Nanaimo for 30 years. Committed to service and building community capacity, he’s active as an executive board member with the Nanaimo Fringe and the Nanaimo Craft Beer Society, and works for Nanaimo Foodshare Society, where he supports high risk youth and people with disabilities. sean@visff.com