Attention filmmakers -- Short Circuit returns in 2018, with another showcase of films from around the Pacific Rim!

If you're a filmmaker from a region bordering the Pacific Ocean, then you are invited to submit your new short film for consideration. For Short Circuit's 6th anniversary, 2018's festival promises to be bigger and better than ever!

We are looking for great films made after January 1, 2016 in all genres with a maximum running time of 20 minutes.

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And for the screenwriters -- CINE⚡️SPARK is back again, and offering more than $10,000 in awards!

2018's CINE⚡️SPARK production program will be giving out more than $10,000 in cash and in-kind equipment rentals and services to the production of an outstanding short film script by a writer/filmmaker from Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands in British Columbia, Canada. The Top 5 will pitch their projects at Short Circuit in May 2018, and one winner will receive the production package! Please see for full program guidelines.

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Short Circuit and CINE⚡️SPARK are presented by CineVic, located in British Columbia's beautiful capital city, Victoria, on Vancouver Island. Victoria is on traditional unceded territory of the Coast Salish Indigenous peoples, and is surrounded by historical landmarks and natural landscapes sure to captivate any traveller.

Canada was picked as the #1 destination country for Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2017, and Victoria was recently named one of the Top 10 Best Cities in the World by Condé Nast.

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Why should you submit your short film or script?

• Opportunities for jury and audience awards, and a production package worth over $10,000.
• Have your work viewed and celebrated by up-and-coming Vancouver Island talent such as producers, writers, directors, and actors.
• You may have missed an opportunity to submit to the Victoria Film Festival, or your film was not accepted.
• Support both international and local film in the Pacific Rim and Canadian arts scenes.
• Get an opportunity to visit Victoria during our best weather but before the tourists arrive!

• Best Film
• Best Director
• Best Cinematography
• Best Screenplay
• Best Lead Performance
• Best Supporting Performance
• Best Sound
• Best Music
• Best Editing
• Audience Choice

Short Circuit rules:

1) Entries and submission fees are only accepted via the FilmFreeway online portal.

2) Film submissions are only eligible from residents of the following locations:
• British Columbia or Yukon, Canada
• Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, or Hawaii, USA
• Australia, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea
• Japan, Russian Far East, North Korea, South Korea, Pacific Coast Provinces of China, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Thailand
• Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Pacific Coast States of Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru
• Entries truly originating from outside of these states/provinces/countries will be deleted. NO REFUNDS.

3) Entries may be fiction, documentary, animation, experimental, or other genre. Films must be in English OR contain English subtitles. Film running time must be maximum 20 minutes including credits. Only films completed after January 1, 2016 will be considered.

4) Films which are publicly available to view online are not eligible.

5) Only films which are selected to screen at the festival will receive notification, no later than March 31, 2018.

6) If selected for screening at the festival, the filmmaker will be required to submit the following:
• Minimum two high-resolution film stills
• One high-resolution Director's headshot photo
• Brief synopsis of the film
• Film exhibition copy in high-resolution Quicktime format
• Film trailer via online link (if available) and/or high-resolution Quicktime format

7) Once a film has been selected for the festival it may not be withdrawn.

8) Screening fees will only be paid to Canadian films/filmmakers which are selected to screen at the festival.

9) One representative from each film selected to screen will be provided with a pass to all festival events.

10) Your submission of this entry form confirms that:
• You have the legal right to represent and submit this film for consideration along with your acceptance of Short Circuit film festival regulations.
• The Festival is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, or royalty infringements related to the work.
• You agree to allow the festival the use of your film and its publicity materials (including name, photo, and bio of Director) for promotional purposes.

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CINE⚡️SPARK rules:

• The CINESPARK production program is open to anyone residing on Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands.

• Entrants must submit a complete short film script in standard screenplay format with the writer’s name and contact info removed.

• At the submission stage, a fully assembled team of writer, director, and producer is allowed but not required.

• Scripts can be 10 pages maximum, not including title page. Scripts must be an original work and must be live-action narrative in any genre. (Documentary, animation, or experimental films are not eligible.)

• Submissions are judged based on both creativity and feasibility of production.

• The Top 5 finalists will be announced on or before March 31, 2018. These 5 Writers will then form their teams with a Director and Producer in preparation for the pitch event. The Writer may fill 2, but not 3, of these key positions. The Top 5 will be required to submit a headshot photo and bio of each team member for promotional purposes.

• Teams will pitch their projects at Short Circuit, May 4+5 2018 (exact date and time TBD). Any one or a combination of all three team members (Writer, Director, Producer) may participate in the pitch presentation. Teams will be allowed 10 minutes maximum for their presentation (including any video component) followed by a brief Q&A period.

• The winning team will receive: a $1,000 cash grant; up to $9,000 of in-kind CineVic equipment rentals toward production of the submitted film; $100 Modo driving credits toward production van rental (pending approval of driving records - up to 2 drivers allowed); production insurance coverage of 10 consecutive days (pending approval of insurance application, see for coverage details); and a one-year complimentary CineVic Production Membership. Total package is valued at over $10,000 (no cash value).

• The winning team will be required to capture behind-the- scenes photos/video of their film production, including photos which depict use of the Modo van.

• The winning team will enter into a Production Agreement with CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers and will be required to provide the completed film by April 1, 2019. The cash grant will be released via cheque in two instalments: 75% will be released upon signing of the agreement, and the remaining 25% will be released upon receipt of the finished film and promotional materials. If the film is not completed or provided by the deadline, all monies received by the winning team must be repaid to CineVic.

• CineVic will maintain first rights to a Victoria premiere screening of the finished film.

• Any key members (Writer, Director, Producer) of a winning team may not submit to, nor participate in, future instances of this competition.

• CineVic reserves the right to cancel this program and refund entry fees.

Overall Rating
  • Meesh and Jax Neal and Smith

    The Short Circuit Film Festival was great! David and his team were warm and welcoming. It was a pleasure to screen MENTAL there alongside the other films. Overall we highly recommend this festival!

    June 2018
  • Matthew J. Blecha

    Excellent Experience! Well organized event! Good films, good people, good communication. Couldn't be happier! Thanks Cinevic!!!

    May 2018
  • Jamin Bricker

    We had a fantastic time at the Short Circuit Film Festival! David and his team we're super communicative. Our movie, THIRST, was surrounded by other fantastic shorts and it made for two great nights at the theatre. Highly recommend this festival!

    May 2018
  • Stephani Gordon

    Great festival- highly approachable atmosphere, excellent films, and fun events. I'll submit here again, and will attend. It was great to show 'Gwala Rising' (filmed in Papua New Guinea) in a context with a mix of other Pacific Rim films- there was wide variety and yet that common thread.

    May 2018
  • All of the films were excellent, and I loved getting to watch my film screen at the festival. The communication was great, and it was an experience I'll never forget.

    May 2018