Tickets for the 9th annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival are now available online at www.visff.com/tickets at $10.00 for students and $15.00 for General Admission. An annual event featuring short films in all categories ranging from drama to animation and everything in between, this year’s Festival will feature two screenings of selected films on February 7 and 8, 2014. The Festival will be held at the Malaspina Theatre at Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo campus at 7pm both nights, with an awards ceremony at the second screening. This year’s film selections from a diverse group of local and global filmmakers will be announced in early January, 2014.
The Festival creates growth in the local film industry as well as an opportunity to network with other creative-minded individuals around the Vancouver Island community and beyond. In addition, filmmakers receive artist fees and are eligible to win awards to further support their work. With recent growth in the Canadian film and television industry, Nanaimo and Vancouver Island have become key players in recent years. Movies such as Insomnia, Little Women, Seven Years in Tibet, X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand were all filmed in our area, and most recently, Godzilla was filmed just blocks from Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo campus. With this kind of influence, the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival aims to bolster local filmmaking while providing support for local talent.
In addition to the support of various sponsors such as Spotlight Academy, West Coast Communications, Van Isle Video, Vancouver Island University, VIU Student’s Union, and the VIU Media Studies Department, the VISFF holds an annual fundraiser. This year’s fundraising gala was held on November 14 at Firehouse Grill and was a resounding success thanks to the generosity of the hardworking management and staff.
The VISFF also owes the past nine years of success to the Nanaimo Arts Council, the City of Nanaimo, Arts BC, and the Province of British Columbia.
Information on the Festival is available at www.visff.com or by contacting Festival Director Johnny Blakeborough at 250-729-3947 or firstname.lastname@example.org.