2013 Vancouver Island Short Film Festival
Friday, February 1st, 2013
Tickets are on sale now for the 8th annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival, which takes place on February 1st and 2nd at the Malaspina Theatre at Vancouver Island University Nanaimo campus.
Tickets for this crowd-pleasing show are $15 with a $10 admission for students. Regular admission tickets are available online at www.visff.com, at Nanaimo Arts Council in Nanaimo Town Centre and the House of Indigo on Church street, Nanaimo. Student tickets will only be available at Nanaimo Art Gallery, on Vancouver Island University.
All types of short films were accepted for consideration into the festival.
“The quality and diversity of styles and ideas is what really sets our festival apart,” said VISFF Director Johnny Blakeborough. “This is our eighth year and each year our submissions get better and better.”
The VISFF is open to submissions from all over the world, but it has always been a place to showcase the work of Vancouver Island artists. Last month, a three-person jury selected 14 films that will be shown at the Festival on February 1st and 2nd.
The selection process is a significant event in the Festival’s calendar. This year, the committee is comprised of three exceptional new members. Returning to Nanaimo from his travels abroad, Brendan Tang is a multi-award-winning ceramic artist and filmmaker. Gregory Ball is a VIU Professor of Visual Art and an award-winning animator. Sarah Schwartz is a filmmaker and film critic who was a regular contributor to the popular film and pop culture website Ain’t It Cool News.
The selected 14 films are A Warning by Graham Stark; Across the Way by Gary Prendergast; Bliss by Amanda Sage; Carmanah: A Poem by Jay Ruzesky; Games for Deadbeats by Adam Doquiatan; Open by Gem Chang-Kue; Pocket Planes by Graham Stark; Quiescence by Julia Hostetler; Says Who by John R. Taylor; The Mark of Cain by Ken Diewert and Linley Subryan; The Money Pet by Gary Hawes; The Kissing Booth by Matt West; Wait for Rain by Josh Epstein; and Year of Living Dyingly by Steff Gundling.
“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 in front of a large audience.”
There will be two screenings of the 14 jury-selected films. Opening night will be Friday February 1st and will feature a filmmakers’ question and answer panel after the film screenings. There will be food, music and an awards ceremony at the second screening on Saturday February 2nd. Awards will be handed out for best films with cash prizes for winning filmmakers.
The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival creates opportunities for local filmmakers. The Festival is not only a venue for their films, but also an opportunity to network with other film professionals and inspire growth in our film community.