This year’s VISFF, the ninth edition of a constantly growing film festival, is just a week away. The Festival will be held at the Malaspina Theatre at the Nanaimo campus of Vancouver Island University at 7 pm on both February 7 and 8.
Tickets are available online at www.visff.com/tickets or at the door on the Friday and Saturday showings. Tickets are $10.00 for students and $15.00 for general admission. This year’s Festival will feature 15 local and international submissions, including 4 films from the Winnipeg Film Group, 2 very short films from the Netherlands and France, and 12 films featuring original music, including Nanaimo’s own Bananafish Dance Orchestra. Also featured are 2 big name actors: Cameron Bright (Thank You For Smoking, Twilight, and Juno) stars in Flood Plain, and Fred Ewanuick (Corner Gas) stars in The Magic Ferret. This is just the tip of the iceberg: the full list of films, with descriptions and photos, can be viewed at www.visff.com/films.
There will be a showing of all of the selected films each evening. 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.
There are 7 Goldies up for grabs this year, the award named after local film critic and educator and the first ever VISFF Film Paragon winner, Shirley Goldberg. The statue is designed by internationally acclaimed ceramic artist Brendan Tang, winner of the 2012 RBC Emerging Artist Award.
The VISFF creates growth in the local film industry as well as an opportunity to network with other creative-minded individuals in the Vancouver Island community and beyond. In addition, filmmakers are eligible to win awards and receive artist fees to further support their work. With recent growth in the Canadian film and television industry, Nanaimo and Vancouver Island have become key players, with movies such as Insomnia, Little Women, Seven Years in Tibet, X2, and X-Men: The Last Stand, and most recently, Godzilla, which was filmed just blocks from Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island University campus. In this time of exciting growth, the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival aims to bolster local filmmaking while providing support for local talent.
In addition to the support of sponsors such as Firehouse Grill, the VISFF 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.