Vancouver Island film festival deadline nears

Time is running out for local filmmakers to enter the 2012 Vancouver Island Short Film Festival.

Local filmmakers have until Feb. 1 to enter this year’s festival, which is celebrating its seventh anniversary bringing filmmakers and filmgoers together. The festival 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, festival director. “There’s still time left to finish up any film projects and get them to us before the Feb. 1 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 festival only accepted films of 10 minutes or less, but this year, the organizers decided to extend the time limit.

Added to the festival judging panel this year is Grammy and Emmy award-winning film and animation producer Terrance Fitzgerald. Plus, internationally acclaimed ceramic artist Brendan Tang redesigned the festival’s award trophy.

“We are thrilled to have such an 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.”

Between 12 and 20 of the best juried films will be shown during the festival, set for Malaspina Theatre at Vancouver Island University for April 13-14 at 7 p.m.

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. No filmmaker shall have more than two films selected for the show.

The festival is a juried event with films receiving the distinction of official selection entitled to artist fees.

For entry forms and guidelines, please visit www.visff.com/submission.

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

For more information, please e-mail admin@visff.com or call 250-729-3947.

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