Submissions sought for annual film festival

NANAIMO – The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival is accepting submissions for the 2014 show

The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival is accepting submissions for the 2014 show.

The festival, which will celebrate its ninth anniversary in 2014, 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.

This year’s festival will take place Feb. 7-8.

“We are very excited to see this year’s submissions to the festival,” said festival director Johnny Blakeborough. “Every year, we are so thrilled and impressed with the level of talent on Vancouver Island. I’m sure this year will bring us another amazing selection of films.”

The festival accepts films from any location, so local films will be shown along with films potentially from anywhere in the world.

“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 to a large audience.”

The festival also has a commitment to rewarding filmmakers that produce outstanding work – cash awards will be given out in several categories, including the top prize of Best Film.

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).

Filmmakers may submit multiple entries, but each film requires a separate entry form and fee of $30. No filmmaker will have more than two films selected for the show.

The deadline for entry into the VISFF is Nov, 1. However, films submitted before Oct. 1 will qualify for the early bird entry fee rate of $20.

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

The VISFF is a juried event, and filmmakers receiving the distinction of official selection are entitled to artist fees.

For more information, please visit visff.com for entry forms and festival guidelines.