Short films sought for annual festival

The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the 2012 show

The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the 2012 show.

The festival, which celebrates its seventh anniversary next year, is an annual event that brings filmmakers and audiences together and continues to be the only short film festival on Vancouver Island that focuses on local talent.

The festival is set for April 13-14, 7 p.m., at Malaspina Theatre at Vancouver Island University. Between 12 and 20 films will be screened during the festival.

The 2012 festival sees the return of the Shorter Pitch for a Short Film Competition, where prospective filmmakers compete to win the audience’s favour, pitching their concept for a short film for a chance for cash toward the production of their project.

This year’s festival will also include a Filmmakers Q&A, where audiences can hear filmmakers talk about their passion for their work.

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

The festival is open to all genres of films that are 12 minutes in length or less, including credits, which is up from the festival’s traditional 10-minute maximum.

Entry deadline is Feb. 1. 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 two films selected for the festival. The VISFF is a juried event with films receiving the distinction of official selection entitled to artist fees.

Please drop off entries at the Nanaimo Arts Council in Nanaimo North Town Centre or mail to 259-4750 Rutherford Rd., V9T 4K6. Entry forms and festival guidelines are available at

For more information, please e-mail or call 250-729-3947.