The Victoria Short Film Festival takes place in the first week of September 2019 and will feature an evening of film screenings followed by a video art exhibition.

Cultivating Artistic Independent Film

September 5, 2019

Market Square Screening: 7pm - 9:30pm

11 Narrative films.

Local, National, International. From new filmmakers to masters, Exclusive viewing of incredible unreleased works, including the Canadian Premieres of some incredible work.

Store Street Video Art Exhibition + After Party 10pm - late

18 works of Video Art from across the world, organized into a multi-room, curated experience of space, visual art, and music.

Join us for the second annual Victoria Short Film Festival,
a celebration of artistic independent filmmaking in Victoria, BC.

Showing 28 projects selected from local, Canadian, and select international filmmakers; this event shows a vast sampling of the innovative, beautiful, and vastly diverse work happening in film.

The night will begin with an outdoor screening of narrative works in Market Square with a full outdoor theatre set up, and a beer garden hosted by Whistle Buoy Brewing Company.

After that, from 10 until late, we have partnered with Kwench culture club to host a multi-room media art and music exhibition in their brand new space on Store Street where you can connect with filmmakers, explore more experimental and long format film art, and engage with the emerging intersectional art scene in Victoria.

This festival takes place on unceded and occupied Coast Salish territiories, specifically of the Lekwungen and W_SÁNEC speaking peoples, the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.

The Victoria International Short Film Festival is an exhibition of artistic film and video work. Exhibited in Victoria, B.C., the festival aims to celebrate a growing community of film and video artists through featuring pieces of work from the island and from abroad.

Founded in 2018, this festival supports independent and creative filmmaking by bringing artists together, showing diverse work, and holding space for an exploration of short film and video art as an artistic and multi-dimensional medium. We are interested in both narrative and non-narrative works, and aim to foster the conversation of cinema as an artistic medium.


We focus on short films

for their capacity to capture a feeling, a moment, an idea, and we challenge our submitters to truly take advantage of this medium to impact their viewers.

The Victoria Short Film Festival is pleased to include video art works which broaden visual culture through the medium of video and moving image. We encourage artists to submit experimental, video-based works including sound, film, performance, installation, and new media for exhibition in the festival. This year we will host a final event of the festival to showcase video art in an installation based, multi room space.


An artistic renaissance

is occurring here in Victoria, and we strive to foster Vancouver Island as a haven for boundary pushing filmmaking.

This festival is about strengthening the Local, National and International Filmmaker and video artist Communities, with Victoria as an emerging hub. The Victoria Short Film Festival takes place in the first week of September 2019 and will feature an evening of film screenings followed by a video art exhibition.

Photographs by Leta C-W and Chris Dufour

2018 Audience Choice award:

ROAM by Michael Milardo

2018 Selections: