February 7, 2019

Local Film Wins People’s Choice Award at Vancouver Island Short Film Festival


A homegrown comedy took home the coveted People’s Choice Goldie award from the 14th annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (VISFF).


The festival, held at the Malaspina Theatre on February 1st and 2nd, showcased 13 short films from Nanaimo, across Canada and around the world. Nearly 600 people attended the VISFF over the course of the weekend.


“We were thrilled to screen four films made in Nanaimo this year, which really speaks to the fact that our local film scene is thriving,” said VISFF Director Karla Duarte. “Short films are often overlooked, so it’s exciting for the filmmakers to see their work celebrated on the big screen. And our audience really enjoys seeing the diverse mix of genres and styles we’re able to feature within a single show.”


VISFF judges Anya Adams, Tash Baycroft and Erin Linn McMullan awarded Best Writing, Best Original Music, Best Editing, Best Technical and Best Film to 'Inanimate' by Italian animation director Lucia Bulgheroni. A dark comedy called 'How to Hide a Dead Body' by Nanaimo filmmaker John Gardiner proved to be the favourite among festival-goers.  


“It’s very exciting to win the People’s Choice award, especially because I get to share the award with all my local cast and crew members who donated their time to our movie,” said Gardiner, who took home the same award two years ago for his film ‘Reproductive Cycles’. “It takes a lot of hard work and a lot of local talent to make a short film like this and I couldn’t be more proud of our team.”


 The Goldie award for Best Performance went to Samantha Cahatol for her role in 'Piece of Mind' by Winnipeg director Erin Hembrador.


*The 'Goldie' awards, designed by artist Brendan Tang, were named in honour of respected film enthusiast, teacher, journalist and arts promoter Shirley Goldberg




VISFF is thrilled to announce that 13 amazing films have been selected for the 14th annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival in #Nanaimo! We received 116 entries from 8 countries, and our amazing Selection Committee (Jocelyn Matwe, Todd Jones, Valentina Cardinalli, Mallory Gibson and Frank Moher) narrowed down the field and decided on the final lineup.


Drum roll please.....

The 14th Annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival lineup:

A BOY'S FEAR (Samson Alli, Texas)

ALTERNATING CURRENT (Rowan Gray, Winnipeg)

CLAIRE (Spencer Ryerson, Toronto)

FISHER COVE (Sean Skene, Winnipeg)

HOW TO HIDE A DEAD BODY (John Gardiner, Nanaimo)

INANIMATE (Lucia Bulgheroni, London, UK)

LIFELINES (Catharine Parke, Vancouver)

LIVING WITH (Raymond Knight, Nanaimo)

PIECE OF MIND (Erin Hembrador, Winnipeg)

POSITIONS (Justin Ducharme, Vancouver)

ROSES AND STITCHES (Maxwell Dowie, Nanaimo)

THE IMPORTANCE OF DREAMING (Tara Audibert, New Brunswick)

THE WRESTLER (Michael Chen, Nanaimo)


The selected films will be screened on Friday, February 1st at 7:00pm (followed by a filmmakers Q&A) and Saturday, February 2nd at 2:00pm and 7:00pm (followed by the Awards Ceremony) at Vancouver Island University's Malaspina Theatre. Tickets for the VISFF are $16.50, and they're on sale now through The Port Theatre's Box Office and website (www.porttheatre.com).


For more information, visit www.visff.com or email admin@visff.com.

Note: The films are unrated and may not be suitable for all audiences. Some may contain violence and sexual content. Viewer discretion is advised.

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