Vancouver Island Short Film Festival
By: infilm on 01/17/12

Film festival call for submission deadline fast approaching.

Time is running out for filmmakers to enter their films into the 2012 Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (VISFF).

Local filmmakers have until Feb. 1 to enter this year’s VISFF, which is celebrating its seventh anniversary bringing filmmakers and filmgoers together. The VISFF is an annual event that continues to be the only short film festival on Vancouver Island that focuses on local talent.

“We’re excited to see this year’s great entries,” said Johnny Blakeborough, VISFF Festival Director. “There’s still time left to finish up any film projects and get them to us before the Feb. 1st deadline, so we are expecting a lot of incredible films from our local artists.”

The festival is open to all genres of films that are 12 minutes in length or less, including credits. In past years, the VISFF only accepted films of 10 minutes or less, but this year, the organizers decided to extend the time limit.

Another exciting addition to this year’s festival is the inclusion Grammy and Emmy award winning film/animation producer Terrance Fitzgerald as a festival judge and having this year’s awards designed by internationally renowned ceramic artist Brendan Tang.

“We are thrilled to have such a talented film producer as Terry as one of our judges,” said Blakeborough. “And having an amazing artist like Brendan Tang design our awards is an incredible honour. It’s going to be a great year for the festival.”

The Malaspina Theatre on the Nanaimo Campus of Vancouver Island University will play host to the Festival on April 13th and 14th at 7PM. Building on the success of previous years, the 2012 show will be comprised of 12 -20 juried films.

Films should be submitted on MiniDV, DVD or VHS tape. Filmmakers may submit multiple entries, but each film requires a separate entry form and fee. Each film must be submitted separately (on a separate DVD etc.) and no filmmaker shall have more than 2 films selected for the show. The VISFF is a juried event with films receiving the distinction of official selection entitled to artist fees.

Entries must be dropped off or postmarked no later than February 1st 2012. Mail or drop off entries to The Nanaimo Arts Council in Nanaimo North-Town Centre or mail to #259, 4750 Rutherford Road, Nanaimo, BC, V9T 4K6.

Entry forms and guideline are available at
For more information, email or call 250-729-3947.