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ARCHIVED FILMS

2007

Gone

Tash Baycroft - Nanaimo, BC
Drama
Cory Monteith (Glee, Kayla, Kyle XY) and Frederic Robinson (Dark Waters of Crime II, Sight Unseen) s...

2014

Floodplain

Drama (10:00)
Jeremy Lutter (Victoria, BC) Rafting across a floodplain in the Rockies, a small-town teen must lea...

NASA Conspiracy

Comedy (4:57)
Graham Stark (Victoria, BC) This puts the entirety of the NASA program in a new light.

Seasick

Animation (3:28)
Nominated for Best Technical and Best Film Eva Cvijanovic (Winnipeg, MB) Soaking in the sand, a fo...

Backward Fall

Drama (10:14)
Nominated for Best Original Music & Best Technical, Winner Best Student Film, Best Performance, ...

White Rhythms, Short Breath

Experimental (6:50)
Olga Zikrata (Winnipeg, MB) A direct experience of tactile sensations, film texture, and contact da...

Greyscale

Mystery (12:00)
Michael Chen & Aaron Colyn (Nanaimo, BC) A man will do whatever it takes for his loved ones.

The Evening Cigarette

Animation (1:00)
Matthieu Van Eeckhout (Paris, France) Two years after quitting smoking, a filmmaker offers a tribut...

The Magic Ferret

Childrens (11:39)
Nominated Best Film Alison Parker (Vancouver, BC) When Sam’s most amazing trick flops, he is def...

KRUPA

Raymond Knight - Nanaimo, BC
Music (5:25)
Nominated Best Orignal Music at the 2014 VISFF

Rain

Sci-Fi (11:29)
Winner Best Technical Shimon Machida (Vancouver, BC) In 2030, the wireless internet has become pow...

Spring!

Comedy (2:56)
Nominated for Best Writing and Best Performance Graham Stark (Victoria, BC) Spring is basically th...

Expect Something and Nothing at Once

Experimental (3:36)
Michelle Elrick (Winnipeg, MB) Poet Michelle Elrick approaches “home” through blanket forts, po...

M22

Documentary (1:00)
David Stevens (Breda, The Netherlands) Made from the desire to visualize in a clear and concise man...

The First Time We

John Gardiner - Nanaimo, BC
Drama (6:44)
Nominated Best Writing, Winner Most Promising Performance Rich Travale John Gardiner (Nanaimo, BC) ...

Bome Gnomeski

Comedy (2:43)
Winner Best Original Music Curtis L. Wiebe & Marlon Wiebe (Winnipeg, MB) A cautionary tale abo...

2015

Sweet Dreams Norma Jean

Drama (7:00)
“Sweet Dreams Norma Jean” follows a girl seeking revenge for the terror brought forth upon her f...

Tugende Baseballer

Documentary (8:40)
Against all odds, baseball is thriving in Uganda. In 2011, a team from Uganda became the first Littl...

I am not Perfect

Drama (6:15)
A determined boy who just so happens to be into basketball tries to beat a rival but struggles on th...

Vancouver Island Traditional Food Conference

Documentary (7:14)
Every year a different community hosts the Traditional Foods Conference. This year up in Fort Rupert...

Mind Game Demon

Comedy (6:28)
Roxy tries to rebel against her parents. To prove herself, she hangs out in a bad area of town. She ...

Unlock (Winner Best Performance)

Drama (9:17)
People called him the living dead. Ho Jing Man, 35, is a popular author for horror fiction who lived...

Dude, Where’s My Ferret? 

Comedy (12:00)
Skeezix has grown a righteous marijuana plant for the Colorado Cannabis Cup Contest, whose grand pri...

With Dad

Drama (8:00)
A concerned son extends his visit home to take care of his aging father.

A Late Thaw (Winner Best Technical)

Drama (12:00)
When Tara’s boyfriend presents her with the perfect house, memories of a lover who died years ago ...

Kindergarten, Da Bin Ich Wieder (Winner Best Writing)

Comedy (10:25)
When word gets out that up-and-coming TV jingle writer Audrey Ragnarson doesn’t have a complete ed...

Moth (Winner Best Student Film)

Drama (6:14)
A father beckons for his daughter

George Bassler’s Perpetual Motion Machine

Documentary (3:30)
Following his family’s untimely demise, prairie homesteader George Bassler bizarrely crafts a Perp...

Just Shoot Me

Comedy (6:10)
A seemingly desperate man with a gun to his head finds temporary redemption when an unexpected phone...

CRAZY LOVE

Drama (11:55)
Samantha has learned to get through most days by giving into her boyfriend Alan’s torturous, demen...

Teenage Dance

Drama (2:35)
A lonely teenager dresses up for the school dance and learns that to trust other people, you must fi...

Habit

Documentary (7:26)
Everyone has something that they rely on and something that they find solace in.This film is about t...

Smart Home

Sci-Fi (6:32)
A man lives in a home with smart appliances and technology, but the devices seem to conspire against...

2016

LOST (Winner Best Film & People’s Choice)

Drama (11:40)
A little girl attempts to reunite a lost stuffed animal with it’s rightful owner.

The Home Show

Comedy (1:07)
The home show you bring in when other home shows have failed you.

At Death’s Door

Comedy (9:35)
This is the story of Owen Baines, who meets St. Zed at the end of the bright light that follows deat...

Fingers Cutting Glass

Drama (3:30)
Two sisters caught in a storm.

Project Heart – Honouring Residential School Survivors

Documentary (11:56)
Project Heart is the story of an extraordinary school event in Courtenay, B.C. Teacher Susan Leslie ...

Craven

Drama (9:47)
Dean has been on this drive more times than he’d care to remember – only this time, it’s diffe...

The Pair 

Comedy (4:37)
Doing laundry has never been so briefly exciting, and then so enduringly embarrassing.

Good Beastly Bad

Mystery (11:55)
A murder mystery novelist is tormented by a killer in the motel room next door.

Alice and Kevin

Documentary (12:00)
Alice was one of the first outspoken First Nations people in Canada, filing a complaint with the Can...

The Dreamer

Animation  (5:37)
A young dreamer embraces his curiosity and discovers an attraction for the moon, which he longs to r...

2017

Ingrid and the Black Hole

Leah Johnston - Truro, NS
Drama (6:39)

‘Mia

Amanda Strong - Vancouver
Animation (8:00)

Found

Drama (10:00)

It’s All in Your Head

Greg Jeffs -
Thriller (5:49)

Women’s Christmas Night

Commissioned by TG4 and the Arts Council of Ireland in association with Galway Film Centre, "Splanc!...

Lemonade Mafia

Anya Adams - Los Angeles
Comedy (9:02)

Leonor’s Lullaby

Quentin Paquignon - Shanghai
Animation (5:30)
Leonor sleeps quietly in her bed until some gentle creatures, the Bobops, take her on a mysterious j...

Sweat

Kristin Snowbird - Winnipeg
Documentary (4:44)
A filmmaker explores the transformational experience of a sweat lodge ceremony and grapples with pa...

Descrambled Eggs

Kayla Jeanson - Winnipeg
Experimental (4:14)
Poet Steve Currie grapples with the origins of his existence and limitations of his corporeality. Po...

Drifter

Drama (10:10)
A ruthless bounty hunter discovers the true cost of revenge.

Reproductive Cycles

John Gardiner - Nanaimo, BC
Comedy (8:47)
A married couple is trying everything they can to have a baby, but the husband is starting to have s...

Me, Baby & the Alligator

Jean Faucher - Montreal, QC
Animation (10:37)
A young couple stop to eat at a roadside cantina in rural Mexico, where the Colonel who runs the to...

Fish

Saman Hosseinpuor - Iran
Comedy (4:00)
An elderly couple discovers the power of laughter.

Croissant

Marius Conrotto - Barcelona, Spain
Comedy (6:29)

Cradle

David Holechek - Los Angeles, CA
Thriller (11:20)

Isolamento

Carmelo Zucco - Ottawa, ON
Experimental (5:23)
Carmelo Zucco (Ottawa, ON) Shot on wonderful Super 8, Isolamento is a grand culmination of the them...

2018

Trying

Shauna Johannesen - Vancouver
Comedy (11:15)

Breakdown

Comedy (9:49)

Do No Harm

Marielle Woods - Los Angeles, CA
Action (7:32)

The Contender

Isaiah Berra - North Vancouver, BC
Documentary (9:23)

Creature from the Lake

Animation (5:10)

Oculus Malus

Comedy (5:16)

Happy Thoughts

John Gardiner - Nanaimo, BC
Drama (1:21)
With only one minute to live, a man turns to his happy thoughts in hopes of finding peace, but will ...

Small World – Milad Kassiri

Raymond Knight - Nanaimo, BC
Music Video (3:43)
Small World is a VISFF 2018 Official Selection.

#FAFATL

Sean Osorio - Atlanta, Georgia
Documentary (10:02)
#FAFATL is a VISFF 2018 Official Selection.

Lemon & Elderflower

Ilenia Cotardo - UK
Animation (2:41)
Lemon & Elderflower is a VISFF 2018 Official Selection

Cuba no Vaca

Erik Anderson -
Documentary (3:59)
Cuba no Vaca is a VISFF 2018 Official Selection

Behind Barres

Sophia Bender - Australia
Drama, Dance (12:00)
Behind Barres is a VISFF 2018 Official Selection

Princess Syndrome

Zachary Tannar - Nanaimo, BC
Comedy (4:36)
Princess Syndrome is a VISFF 2018 Official Selection

Just One Word

Jani Lauzon - Toronto, ON
Drama (11:52)
Just One Word is a VISFF 2018 Official Selection.

Films to Break Projectors

Tim Grabham - UK
Experimental (5:07)
Films to Break Projectors is a VISFF 2018 Official Selection

Methodic

Colin Williams - Calgary, AB
Drama (10:00)
Methodic is a VISFF 2018 Official Selection

Real Artists

Cameo Wood - San Francisco
Sci-Fi (12:00)
Real Artists is a VISFF 2018 Official Selection

This is Inala

Daniel Kooman - Red Deer, AB
Documentary (6:33)
This is Inala is a VISFF 2018 Official Selection

2019

Lifelines

Catherine Parke -
Drama (8:30)
Overwhelmed by the trials and tribulations of high school, Arielle finds refuge in a dangerous habit...

Inanimate

Lucia Bulgheroni -
Animation (8:36)
Inanimate is a classic stop motion short film featuring Katrine and Patrick. When Katrine makes the ...

A Boy’s Fear

Comedy (5:00)
A terrified boy must face a very personal fear.

Fisher Cove

Sean Skene -
Thriller (8:29)
A Fisherman and his dog hunt down a creature that does not belong in Falcon Lake.

Claire

Spencer Ryerson -
Dark Humour (8:00)
Following a brutal attack, a young woman's seemingly inevitable fate is rudely interrupted by a piec...

Positions

Justin Ducharme -
Drama (12:00)
Positions tells the story of a queer, Indigenous, male sex worker in Vancouver. Note: This film ...

Alternating Current

Rowan Gray -
Drama (7:06)
A woman aging out of a thankless job faces a life of poverty after being suddenly stripped of her ha...

Piece of Mind

Erin Hembrador -
Drama (8:33)
An elderly Filipino man finds a young, distraught woman rummaging through his yard. After realizing ...

The Importance of Dreaming

Tara Audibert -
Animation (11:42)
The forbidden love between an Owl and a Fox drives them away from friends and family as they search ...

Roses and Stitches

Drama (8:10)
Losing a loved one is terrible. When Abigale's beloved is killed, her mad scientist father brings hi...

How to Hide a Dead Body

John Gardiner - Nanaimo, BC
Comedy (11:55)
Two idiots try to hide a dead body before a local gangster finds out what they did. *Winner 2019 Pe...

Living With

Raymond Knight - Nanaimo, BC
Documentary (8:56)
'Living with' is a documentary short film that follows Dexter, a young man who was diagnosed with a ...

The Wrestler

Drama (11:59)
As a masked wrestler, Terry just wants to be seen as a good guy.

2020

Asteroid Season

Earthstar Smith - Vancouver
Animation (3:59)
In a lonesome frozen land, a feisty hermit lives a charmed life. When an enormous asteroid arrives o...

Bargain Bin Bed

Rob Shaw - Canada
Horror, Comedy (9:39)
A woman is haunted by her poor decision to buy a used bed.

Sheep

Theo Chasson - France
Drama, Social, Suspense (3:33)
A painting as a single window. Buried in silence, fragments of childhood resurface.

Mandatory

Javad Khorsha - Iran
Drama (15:00)
A soldier faces a dilemma. *Winner 2020 Best Writing Goldie* *Winner 2020 Best Film Goldie*

Such a Small Thing

Shelly J. Hong - Toronto
Drama (9:31)
A woman in her 40's goes back to her small hometown to confront her boyfriend of the assault that ha...

Minor Accident of War

Diane Weis & Piotr Kabat - California
Animation (10:00)
"Minor Accident of War" is based on a true story written and narrated by the man who lived it -- Edw...

Wawatay

Neil Affleck - Toronto
Animation, Non-linear Narrative, Indigenous (4:40)
“Wawatay” is an Oji-Cree word that translates as “the Northern Lights”. The film is an indig...

Dust

Shane Book - Victoria, BC
Adaptation (8:32)
A young poet’s final evening with his girlfriend sparks memories of an afternoon spent with his ai...

Bark

Ryan Irving - Calgary
Horror (6:00)
Two women desperately try to escape a stalking axe murderer through a city park. Unfortunately for t...

Twinless

Sapir Danan & Ronalee Israel - Israel
Animation (6:20)
On her birthday, Millie is drawn through her birthday cake into the depths of her pain, loss and con...

Rust Bucket

Mo Wynne & Roddy Hyduk - U.S.A.
Documentary (2:15)
A portrait of an Edmonton-based artist and his unlikely canvas.

Laura

Kaayla Whachell - Abbotsford, BC
Drama (12:15)
Laura, a young half Indigenous woman undergoes a conversation with her lawyer Mr. Wilson to determin...

Peete

Simon Madore - Toronto
Drama, Silent (10:00)
A washed-up misfit named Peete moves temporarily into a quiet suburb. As he waits for a loved one to...

The Girl/La Fille

Keegan Connor Tracy - Burnaby
Fantasy, Horror (6:45)
A young girl playing in the forest comes across a mysterious curio which transports her to 1920s Fra...

Deepness of the Fry

August Niclasen - Denmark
Animation (4:02)
An absurd existential crisis told through a series of animated vignettes that question "Can anyone t...

Going Up

Forman Howes - Vancouver, BC
Comedy, Crime, Dark (12:06)
Finn joins a hitman on a ride to the sixth floor in the world's slowest elevator.

Square One

Emily Jo Sargent - London, UK
Drama (12:00)
A semi-autobiographical film about the writer/director's experiences of being in a closeted relation...

Sonatina

Wong Hoi - Hong Kong
Drama (8:00)
New bodyguard Chow feels puzzled by a strange woman who shrugs her shoulders, shakes her head and sm...

Nothing to Say

Aubry Mintz - L.A.
Animation (9:35)
Nothing to Say is an allegory in which a recent arrival at the zoo challenges the zookeeper and othe...

Tampon

Erica Orofino - Toronto
Comedy (5:30)
Katie's about to have a romantic night with her guy but her period keeps getting in the ...

Giltrude’s Dwelling

Jeremy Lutter - Victoria, BC
Sci-fi, Fantasy, Drama (14:30)
When a life or death dilemma comes knocking, Giltrude must look beyond her front door and learn to f...

Safety

Fabrice Joubert - France
Drama (13:54)
On a bright sunny afternoon in November, Michael and eleven other children face a life or death situ...

River Therapy

Raymond Knight - Nanaimo, BC
Documentary (6:45)
Richard finds his solitude fishing at the river where he experiences the returning salmon while refl...

Osuba

Federico Marsicano - Italy
Drama (5:32)
Osuba is a visual expression and emotional trip about domestic violence.

Always Dani

Rosa Carranza - Mexico
Drama, Coming of Age (12:00)
Jaime is a family father that recently found out that his son, Dani, is transgender. In the process ...

2021

The Blue Bed

Alireza Kazemipour - Iran
Drama (14:10)
Zahra is a middle-aged woman who visits a temporary marriage agency and signs up to have a young wor...

Excluded by Design

Simon Madore & Gabriel Tougas - Toronto & Winnipeg
Documentary (3:55)
Writer and community organizer Dave Meslin thinks that bad public notices are hurting our democracy ...

Cool Affections

Josh Terry-Brand - Victoria, BC
Comedy (8:20)
A melancholic man has a turbulent relationship with his refrigerator.

All-In Madonna

Arnold Lim - Victoria, BC
Drama (12:40)
When 17-year-old Maddie attends public school for the first time, she discovers dark secrets about h...

Ohrwurm (Earwig)

Vaughn and Connor Gaston - Victoria, BC
Drama/Surreal (13:40)
An ex-Stasi informant, holed up in her apartment, has her world upended when her estranged son arriv...

Before the Beauty is Gone

Mackai Sharp - Comox, BC
Documentary (13:58)
An unfortunate reality: our fish are disappearing. Not our Salmon or our Halibut, but those will soo...

Barrier

Sohee Hong - Mill Bay, BC
Drama (7:32)
A short coming of age dramatic film about an Asian girl facing a subtle prejudice in her class in Ca...

Gyoro Goes To The Theatre

Shoichi “David” Haruyama - Japan
Musical/Animation (3:31)
Covid-19 has shuttered theaters everywhere. This film was made as an ode to the power of the theater...

Baba

Jay Kamal - Burnaby, BC
Drama (14:30)
12-year old Samir must come to terms with the tragedy of his father’s death while fulfilling his r...

Freebird

Michael Joseph McDonald, Joe Bluhm & Nick Herd - Montreal
Animation (5:32)
Freebird is the coming-of-age story of a boy with Down Syndrome who learns to navigate the world wit...

Rent Do

Gavin Michael Booth - Verdun, QC
Comedy (14:51)
Rent Do follows Rich, Winnie and Pete, roommates and reluctant best friends. When each one is uncere...

Son of the Wind

XU Qi - China
Magical-Realist Fantasy (9:56)
The fateful encounter at a wind farm in Inner Mongolia prairie makes a lonely young watchman fall in...

Unsheltered

Brian C O’Malley - Greenville, RI, United States
Animation (6:21)
A young boy tragically loses both his parents and is forced to grow up fast, learning from his nomad...

If I Were President

Andrea Arteaga Cote & Andrei Ramos Puerto - Mexico
Documentary (8:05)
The women of Tahdziú, Yucatán speak about their right to vote as indigenous women, they demand to ...