The 13th annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival took place at VIU’s Malaspina Theatre earlier this month and, once again, the films did not disappoint. Out of 127 submissions, 18 films were selected for public viewing. I had the opportunity to attend the February 3 viewing before the awards ceremony, to get a peek at … Continued

Island short film fest gets down to it

By Managing Editor Molly Barrieau Released last week, in anticipation of next month’s Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (VISFF), are the 16 films carefully chosen from the record-breaking 112 entries. With films  coming from across the globe, over 14 countries, the team had the daunting task to narrow it down to share the short films … Continued

Kindergarten: Da Bin Ich Wieder

The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (VISFF) begins on February 12, and will feature works from filmmakers from all over the world. Including Vancouver’s Aubrey Arnason, who wrote, co-directed, and starred in her short Kindergarten: Da Bin Ich Wieder. Kindergarten tells the story of Aubrey, a jingle writer who finds herself disqualified from working for … Continued

Sweet Dreams Norma Jean movie review

Sweet Dreams Norma Jean is a short film set to screen at the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival in February. The short was directed by Dave Hamilton and written by B.J. Mason. The movie runs only six minutes and 24 seconds, and attempts to communicate a pretty complex story in that time. The plot, taken … Continued

Preview of the 10th Vancouver Island Short Film Festival

By contributor Spencer Wilson This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (VISFF). The festival was created in 2005 by Johnny Blakeborough and John Gardiner with the goal of creating an event where local filmmakers would have a venue to showcase their films. This goal quickly spread to including films … Continued

Festival one-on-one with Johnny Blakeborough

The 10th Annual, VISFF happening in February, will be the last one under the leadership of Johnny Blakeborough. The festival co-founder and director is stepping down to pursue new projects, but will retain a “mentorship” role in training and advising the new management team next year. The Navigator sat down with Blakeborough, and reviewed the … Continued

An emotional ride with filmmaker Todd Jones

One of the perks of local film festivals is the opportunity to see the familiar faces of returning artists. This year, The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (VISFF) welcomes the return of award-winning filmmaker-multitasker Todd Jones showcasing his fifth short film, a twisted dark comedy “At Death’s Door”. When asked about the beginning of his … Continued

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