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Live Streamed
April 8th & 9th, 2022

14 short films from Canada, Austria, Germany, Iran, the United Kingdom, and the United States have been selected for the 17th annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival. The films will be screened live online on April 8th & 9th, featuring Filmmaker Q&As at intermission and an awards ceremony on the final evening.

Program One screens on Friday, April 8th at 7:00pm PDT, and Program Two screens on Saturday, April 9th at 7:00pm PDT. Visit this link to see the lineup for each night. Tickets will grant access to the recorded screenings for three days following the live events. Direct links to the live and recorded shows will be sent directly to ticketholders closer to the event.



Montgomery Langford - Canada
Comedy (4:50)
MILK, a not-so-futuristic short film, loosely explores the concept of freedom in a controlled enviro...


Miida Chu - United States
Drama (14:50)
A young indentured Chinese prostitute must overcome her toxic dependency on the brothel madam on the...

A Barbaric First Date

Kaliandra Capri - Nanaimo, BC
Comedy (5:13)
A comedic short about easily-influenced, basic Karen, who is a bit of a " beautiful fool" type, casu...

To Life

Stefanie Gartmann - Germany
Documentary (12:00)
Lene lives in solitude by a fjord in Iceland. She calls herself an "old lady," but her curiosity and...

Mani Pedi

Marlene Goldman - Toronto, ON
Drama (14:07)
Mani Pedi follows Raymond, a young immigrant from Laos, who learned to fight in the refugee camps, b...


Hoda Ahmadi - Iran
Drama (14:00)
A girl named Mahi comes to the Iran's capital city, Tehran, to work.

Dream Book

Connor Gaston - Victoria, BC
Comedy (10:01)
After discovering his daughter's ability to draw things into existence, a layabout father exploits t...

Break Any Spell

Anton Jøsef - Canada
Drama (13:00)
A teenage girl uses Live-Action-Role-Playing to cope and escape from her mother who suffers from ear...


Ramin Samani - Iran
Drama (9:00)
While an unknown virus is spreading in Iran, a tow man whose main task is to help others commits a h...


Purple Ear - United Kingdom
Animation (4:42)
Orbed is a magic realist story about a boy who visits the moon.

Hail Marie

Arthur Rodger 'Harley' Maranan - Vancouver, BC
Comedy (13:17)
Having recently moved to Canada, the youngest son of a Filipino family struggles to win the respect ...

Shadow of the Fox

Noushin Meraji - Iran
Drama (11:00)
Shahram's wife has left, and while dealing with a terrible mental crisis, he must try to answer his ...

Are You My Mommy

Gavin Michael Booth - United States
Comedy (14:30)
While filming his latest blockbuster, Hero, a famous action star, is badly wounded. To the rescue co...

MeTube: August sings ‘Una furtiva lagrima’

Daniel Moshel - Austria
Comedy (8:00)
Intergalactic music nerds August and Elfi conquer the opera stage and orchestrate their final advent...