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Short film festival continues to grow

Filmmakers from across Vancouver Island submitted 60 films to the annual short film festival, set for January. - Photo contributed
Filmmakers from across Vancouver Island submitted 60 films to the annual short film festival, set for January.
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A jury must select the best films from 60 entered in the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival.

Forty-four films were entered last year and 33 in the festival’s inaugural year.

“We are thrilled with the quality of films,” said Johnny Blakeborough, film festival coordinator.

Films selected by the jury will be screened Jan. 18-19, 7 p.m., at the Malaspina Theatre and awarded prizes by a final panel of judges.

All types of short films were accepted for consideration into the festival. All films had to be 10 minutes or less to be considered.

The additional screening is in large part due to the film festival’s success, having sold out the previous two years.

Tickets to the festival will be available at the Nanaimo Arts Council Gallery in Nanaimo North Town Centre. Tickets will also be available at the door. Tickets are $15.

The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival is a Nanaimo Arts Council event. The Nanaimo Arts Council is dedicated to the promotion, development and support of all the arts in Nanaimo and area.

“Our main goal is to turn the spotlight on our talented local filmmakers,” said Blakeborough. “More than anything, this festival is for them. It’s an opportunity to show their films in front of a large audience.”

Information on the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival is available on the website at www.visff.com. For more information, please contact admin@visff.com or call 729-3947.

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