The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival is returning to Malaspina Theatre next year and submissions are now open. (Photo courtesy VISFF)

The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival is returning to Malaspina Theatre next year and submissions are now open. (Photo courtesy VISFF)

Entries sought for next year’s Vancouver Island Short Film Festival

Event returns to VIU’s Malaspina Theatre after going digital-only in 2021

After going virtual this year due to COVID-19, Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island Short Film Festival will be back in-person in 2022 and submissions are now open.

Filmmakers from the Island and beyond have until Jan. 15 to submit works of up to 15 minutes in length to be considered for the 17th annual VISFF. The festival is returning to VIU’s Malaspina Theatre on April 8 and 9 and the event will also be live-streamed for viewers everywhere.

“We are excited about returning to in-person screenings for our 2022 festival, but we had great success with our first online-only event in 2021,” festival director Hilary Eastmure said in a press release. “So we wanted to offer that option again, as it allows even more short film lovers to safely enjoy the show.”

Aside from the screenings, the VISFF will also include Q-and-A sessions with filmmakers and the films will be posted online for three days after the live festival to be viewed at one’s convenience. As usual, Island filmmakers may enter their films for free and at least two spots will be reserved for Island-made films.

Entry forms are available from submissions@visff.com and films may be submitted through FilmFreeway. More information can be found on the VISFF website.

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