The Cowichan Valley Film Festival is finally established!
We welcome you to an evening of international and local short films. Date TBA.

The Co-founders are Angel Hawes, award winning film maker/ actress and Cody Wicks, founder of co-op media.
This festival was created to support the growing film community in the Cowichan Valley.
Films must be 12 minutes and under.

Program Selection

Entries will be reviewed by a Selection Committee appointed by the Festival Directors. The Selection Committee will provide a list of those film and video works which it feels should be part of the Festival and will provide a short list of nominees for Festival awards. Entrants will be notified of the decisions dates TBA.

$3000 in Cash and Prizes

A Trophy For Every Category

Best Student Film
Best Documentary
Best Horror
Best Comedy
Best Local (Vancouver Island)

Student Films will require proof of being a current student to receive discounted rate. Please support our cause by paying for your submission at the normal rate if you are not a student.

All films must be 12 minutes and under.

Local Film makers can email for a free waiver code. Local is considered the Cowichan Valley up to Nanaimo. You must show that you shared on your social media first to receive waiver.

All foreign non-English speaking films must have subtitles.

The submitter is responsible for sending an mp4 of their film or music video.

Physical copies of films will not be accepted unless prior arrangement has been made with the submissions team.

If you wish to be eligible for multiple awards you have to submit to several categories.

All films made and produced during 2014 and later will be accepted.

During unexpected circumstances, we can at our discretion change venues and date of event.

We are not responsible for any copyright infringement of your material and you give us the permission to publish your images, poster and trailer on our website and/or social media pages.

Submission fees are non-refundable.

Terms and conditions update July 2018.

Overall Rating
  • Jason Seelmann

    I was impressed and thankful for the communication leading up the event. Sorry I wasn't able to make it, nevertheless I felt welcomed and honoured to be part of their first year. Connected with several other selected filmmakers through social media as well. Great festival and I will be back!

    March 2018
  • Keaton House

    I had a very good time at the Cowichan Valley Film Festival. Everyone there was very nice and accommodating, and I’d love to have a chance to come back in years to come. Thank you for your hard work.

    February 2018
  • Great short film festival! The staff was really friendly and communicative - and lots of awards to give out and the house was full! I highly recommend it. Definitely sending my new film there next year!

    February 2018