Submissions open for festival

Island films a focus of annual event in Nanaimo.

Submissions are open for the eighth annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival.

The festival is an annual event that brings filmmakers and filmgoers together and continues to be the only short film festival on Vancouver Island that focuses on local talent.

“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 to a large audience.”

The festival is looking for films in all genres, created by filmmakers of all levels of experience, with a running time of 12 minutes or less (including credits).

Each film must be submitted separately (on a separate DVD etc.), and no filmmaker shall have more than two films selected for the show. The VISFF is a juried event, and filmmakers receiving the distinction of official selection are entitled to artist fees.

Filmmakers may submit multiple entries, but each film requires a separate entry form and fee of $30. Films submitted before Oct. 1 will qualify for the early-bird entry fee rate of $25. Deadline to enter is Dec. 1.

The Malaspina Theatre at Vancouver Island University will play host to the festival Feb. 1-2 at 7 p.m. The 2013 show will be comprised of 12-20 juried films. This year’s festival will also include a Filmmakers’ Q&A. The Q&A is a chance to ask questions of local filmmakers, and an opportunity to hear filmmakers speak passionately about their work.

The festival also has a commitment to rewarding local filmmakers who produce outstanding work.

Cash awards will be given out in several categories, including Best Film.

Drop off entries at the Nanaimo Arts Council in Nanaimo North Town Centre or mail to 259-4750 Rutherford Rd., Nanaimo, B.C., V9T 4K6.

Entry forms and festival guidelines are available at www.visff.com.

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

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