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Become a Sponsor

We are delighted to invite you to participate as a Sponsor for the 19th annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival!

For the past 19 years, VISFF has presented the best in short films, attracting hundreds of local and international artists and film lovers. Since 2006, the VISFF has presented 272 short films from 1275 submissions to over 9000 audience members.

The VISFF grows bigger and better each year, providing you with the opportunity to positively communicate your company’s name, image, products, and services to a clearly defined, socially aware, influential, and receptive audience that has historically demonstrated a high degree of loyalty to our supporters.

Without the generosity of community-minded businesses, the VISFF would not be able to do what we do! We are on the lookout for sponsors who share our passion for supporting the arts and fostering local talent.

Our 2024 Sponsorship Package is available now! Find it here.

Why sponsor VISFF?

Your support directly impacts filmmakers.

All filmmakers are fairly compensated for the right to show their film, and the festival helps local filmmakers showcase their creations, network with other industry professionals, and increase their reach.

A few cool examples:

“The VISFF was the first film festival I ever went to as a kid, it was one of the first events that made me consider the possibility that filmmaking was actually for me … I remember leaving the theatre a few years ago and feeling so engaged and inspired by the works that had been selected, so it is an honour to win not only because I’m an Island local, but because this was the beginning of my attempt at a career in film.”

– Mackai Sharp, recipient of the People’s Choice Goldie Award in 2017 for the film, Before the Beauty is Gone. 

Tash Baycroft of Nanaimo debuted his locally-produced dramatic short film “Gone” at the 2007 Festival. It has since received rave reviews worldwide, showing at prestigious events that include the New York Film and Video Festival and the Cannes Film Festival.

Parksville filmmaker Paul Wittington submitted his short animated film “Android 207” to our 2007 Festival and won Best Film, Best Technical, and People’s Choice awards. This wonderfully crafted film has since been shown at the Beloit International Film Festival and the Arizona International Film Festival. It also won awards at the Milwaukee International Film Festival, including People’s Choice.

Vancouver actor, producer and writer Helena Marie’s very powerful short film “Crazy Love” won 4 Goldies in 2015, including Best Writing, Best Performance, Best Technical and Best Film. Her film has gone on to win several other awards and play at festivals all over the world. Helena’s performance as a gun-slinging bounty hunter in the western Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story earned her an ACTRA nomination for Best Outstanding Female Performance in a Feature Film. She was so impressed with the VISFF that she joined the Board in 2021.

Thank you for choosing VISFF as a community partner. The VISFF is a volunteer-based organization made up of film enthusiasts and art community experts.

Johnny Blakeborough
VISFF President