February 7 @ 7:00 PM
February 8 @ 7:00 PM

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 or 250-802-9462.

Meet the team:

Karla Duarte (Director)

Karla Duarte holds a Masters in Tourism Management and over 10 years experience in event planning and community economic development. Karla travels extensively and has worked internationally on creating leisure experiences for visitors, Karla looks forward to presenting an inviting festival to all film lovers in her hometown of Nanaimo. In her spare time, Karla indulges in the joy of making desserts and sharing them with her sweet-loving comrades while philosophizing about history, economics, women’s rights, and love.


Hilary Eastmure (Submissions Coordinator)

Hilary Eastmure is a former broadcast journalist currently working in government communications. She likes any excuse to eat copious amounts of popcorn, so naturally she began attending the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival annually after moving to Nanaimo from her hometown of Elora, Ontario in 2013. She joined the VISFF team as Promotions Coordinator in 2016, and took on the role of Submissions Coordinator in 2019. She has been scarred for life (in a good way) by several short films screened by VISFF over the years, including the award-winning “Crazy Love” by Helena Marie and “Isolamento” by Carmelo Zucco. The potential for an independent short film to leave such a lasting impact is the main reason she wanted to get involved with VISFF, aside from the access to unlimited popcorn.

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 almost 7 million dollars for Child’s Play, a Children’s Hospital Charity, since 2007.