The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival is the only film festival on Vancouver Island to cater to short filmmakers. Entering its 14th year in 2019, 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.

Cash prizes and the "Goldie" trophy are handed to filmmakers' who produce outstanding work. Several categories are available including:

- Best Original Music
- Best Writing
- Best Technical
- Best Performance
- Best Film
- People's Choice

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 Failure to obtain clearance could result in your film being withdrawn from the Festival.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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Overall Rating
  • Erik Anderson

    As a filmmaker, I found the team really on top of things in terms of interaction and communication, which tends to say a lot about a festival. Would definitely submit again.

    February 2018
  • Zachary Tannar

    The VISFF gets better every year! Fantastic attendance! Love meeting all the filmmakers from all over North America who come to this festival!

    February 2018
  • Matthew Kooman

    Very impressive festival. The selected short films were all top notch and impressive in quality, diverse and professional. The hosts managed the event, venue and publicity very well, resulting in full auditoriums for the screenings of the selected films. Also, I wasn't the only filmmaker impressed by the gifts and awards the film festival committee provided the filmmakers and award recipients. A great festival.

    February 2018
  • Isaiah Berra

    No matter where you may be coming from, the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival in Nanaimo, B.C., is worth the travel fees.

    Organized and professional, the Malaspina Theatre at VIU plays host to the Official Selections screening, filmmakers’ Q&A, and awards ceremony.

    As well, after-parties at various Nanaimo treasures offer great networking opportunities. Make sure to bring your business cards.

    The attending members of THE CONTENDER would like to thank Karla Duarte (VISFF Director) and all of her support team for making our time in The Harbour City at the 2018 Vancouver Island Short Film Festival a memorable experience.

    February 2018
  • One of the best festivals for short film filmmakers.

    February 2018