The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival is the only film festival on Vancouver Island to cater to short film makers. Entering its 13th year in 2018, the VISFF has fans across Canada and world wide showcasing the best in short film to a sold out theatre. The festival takes place in Nanaimo at the Malaspina Theatre on Vancouver Island University.

Many of our entries feature local actors, writers, directors, musicians and film technicians. Growing in quality and reputation, VISFF welcomes entries from around the globe in any genre, 12 minutes or less including credits. The festival features a filmmakers' Q&A session and an award ceremony. The "Goldie" award was designed by internationally renowned ceramic artist Brendan Tang. Films are selected by a Selection Committee of industry professionals. A Judging Committee selects winners in several categories, including Best Film and Peoples' Choice.

The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival creates opportunities for filmmakers, not only to screen their films, but to network with other film professionals and inspire growth in our film community. We value our local film community and reserve spots for them in our film festival.

Awards & Prizes

Cash prizes and the "Goldie" trophy are handed to filmmakers' who produce outstanding work. Several categories are available including:
- Best Student Film
- Best Original Music
- Best Writing
- Best Technical
- Best Performance
- Best Film
- People's Choice

Rules & Terms

Visit www.visff.com for detailed information

Selection and Judging Committee members are appointed by the VISFF advisory board and planning team.


(1) Short Films are defined by the VISFF as having a running time of 12 minutes or less, including credits. Previews and advertisements will not be considered.

(2) Films previously entered into and screened at the VISFF are not eligible for re-entry in subsequent years.

(3) If the primary language of a film is not in English, then it must have hard coded English subtitles.

(4) Short Films must be submitted online (or in person for local filmmakers only), in the highest quality possible. Films can be broadcast in High Definition at 1080p.

(5) Short Films must be compliant with all copyright laws. If music or additional film material used in your film is not original, then permission from source must be obtained. The responsibility for this rests entirely with the filmmaker. Failure to obtain clearance could result in your film being withdrawn from the Festival. In this event, VISFF will not be liable to refund the fee or return the materials entered.

(6) A fee is required upon online submissions, which must be paid in full. One entry per fee. Physical submissions must be made in person.

(7) VISFF reserves 10% or 2 spots (depending on running time) of the total festival running time to local films.

(8) By submitting to the VISFF, the participant is granting permission to view their film by the Selection and Judging Committee and if selected for screening, is granting permission to screen the film at the VISFF and use it in promotional materials (including but not limited to press releases, websites, social media, TV, radio and print) and the annual VISFF tour.

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7 Reviews

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    Jean Faucher

    An established festival with a decade of getting short films out there. Communication was easy, friendly and efficient. Heartfelt thanks to Karla and Greg; you and your team make it all worthwhile!!

    February 2017
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    Carmelo Zucco

    I had an excellent time at The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival. The audiences were great and the festival organizers were very supportive. I'd be happy to return in the future.

    February 2017
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    Kayla Jeanson

    I sadly did not have the ability to attend VISFF this past year, but the festival organizers kept such close contact before, during, and after the event that I felt like I was there. I could tell just from the press and social media that there was so much pride in the work being shown and that there was a lot of enthusiasm from the community. Any filmmaker who gets invited to screen should go - it sounds like there are so many opportunities to make real, human connections with other creatives and professionals.

    February 2017
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    The Polymorph Extra

    Thanks a lot VISFF for your wonderful work and promotion of LEONOR'S LULLABY from THE POLYMORPH EXTRA. We wish we could visit you one day really soon! Long life to VISFF! Peace, Love and Harmony!

    February 2017
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    Marius Conrotto

    Very well organized! Congratulations to the whole team of VISFF

    February 2017