Thursday, October 16, 2008


We Want Your Film!

The Nanaimo Arts Council announces the call for entries to the 4th annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (2009)

Filmmakers have until December 1st to enter the fourth annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival, a showcase of original films by local filmmakers. Last year's festival was a huge success, with two back-to-back shows and crowds enjoying 21 incredible short films.

All types of short films (comedy, documentary, animation, etc.) will be accepted for consideration into the festival. Films can be up to 10 minutes long including credits. Submissions must be on Mini-DV, DVD or VHS and labeled with the film title, running time and contact information (name, email and phone number). Mini-DV is preferred. Entries must include release forms from actors/musicians/etc (available at Entrants may enter more than one short film, as long as each film includes a separate entry form with entry fee and is on a separate Mini-DV, DVD or VHS tape. The deadline for entries is December 1st, 2008.

The VISFF screenings will be on January 23 and 24, 2009 at the Vancouver Island University theatre in Nanaimo. There will be two screenings of the 15-20 selected films, food, music, and an awards ceremony at the second screening for best films and cash prizes for winning filmmakers. All filmmakers who’s films are showcased at the 2009 VISFF will also receive artist’s fees.

This is a unique and important event in our community - It is the only annual short film festival on Vancouver Island that showcases local filmmakers. All entries feature local actors, writers, directors, musicians and film technicians. “Our goal is to be as inclusive and as fun as possible,” says festival director Johnny Blakeborough. “This festival gives Vancouver Island filmmakers a unique opportunity to showcase their films in front of a large audience.”

Local filmmakers who have entered in previous years have gone to have their films screened internationally. Nanaimo filmmaker Tash Baycroft’s locally produced dramatic short film “Gone” debuted at the 2007 festival. He has since gone on to rave reviews worldwide, showing at the New York Film and Video Festival and Cannes. Parksville filmmaker Paul Wittington submitted his short animated film “Android 207” to the 2007 festival and won best film, best technical and people’s choice award. This wonderfully crafted film has 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.

Drop off entries at the Nanaimo Arts Council in Nanaimo North-Town Centre or mail to #259, 4750 Rutherford Road, Nanaimo, BC, V9T 4K6. Entry forms and festival guidelines are available at For more information, email or call 250-729-3947.


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