Fifteen films have been chosen for screening at the 9th annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival next month, February 7th and 8th. This year the VISFF organizers received 48 films, thoroughly impressing the Selection Committee. The final selection is as follows (in alphabetical order):
Backward Fall – Andrew Pollins Bome Gnomeski – Curtis L. Wiebe & Marlon Wiebe The Evening Cigarette - Matthieu Van Eeckhout Expect Something and Nothing at Once – Michelle Elrick The First Time We – John Gardiner Floodplain - Jeremy Lutter Greyscale - Michael Chen & Aaron Colyn KRUPA – Raymond Knight M22 – David Stevens The Magic Ferret – Alison Parker NASA Conspiracy – Graham Stark Rain - Shimon Machida Seasick – Eva Cvijanovic Spring! – Graham Stark White Rhythms, Short Breath – Olga Zikrata
All of the above films will be shown at the VISFF, on February 7th and 8th at the Malaspina Theatre on the Nanaimo campus of Vancouver Island University. The films include two well-known actors: Vancouver’s Fred Ewanuick (Corner Gas) stars in The Magic Ferret, and Nanaimo’s Cameron Bright (Thank you for Smoking, Twilight, and Juno) stars in Floodplain. Twelve of the films also feature original music, including music from local band The Bananafish Dance Orchestra.
This year ten new filmmakers have joined the VISFF community, accompanied by four returning filmmakers. Thirteen films are from Canada, nine of which are from BC, with six from Vancouver Island. The remaining two selections were received from Europe and include a documentary about stuttering called M22 by David Stevens of The Netherlands, and the animation The Evening Cigarette by Matthieu Van Eeckhout of France.
The staff and volunteers of the VISFF would like to extend their congratulations to the filmmakers of the selected films and to everyone who submitted a film this year—it was easy to recognize the hard work and talent that went into creating each short film and all participants deserve much applause. Every year the quality of the films submitted surpasses the previous year, and this year is no exception.
The Festival is fast approaching, so get your tickets before they are gone! Tickets are available online at www.visff.com/tickets and are $10 for students and $15 for regular tickets. There will also be tickets available at the door. There will be two showings of the 15 selected films: Friday, February 7th and Saturday, February 8th. Both evenings will showcase the same 15 films. Following the Friday show there will be a filmmaker Q&A and after the Saturday show there will be an awards ceremony for the winning filmmakers.