BC's Best Shorts

About the Festival

Mandate

The Vancouver Short Film Festival (VSFF) is committed to the celebration of the vibrant community of short film, video, and animation artists on the Canadian West Coast. We hope to build ties between emerging and established professionals, and provide an arena where all short filmmakers, including students, can screen their films in public and support their fellow colleagues. Our ultimate goal is to connect short filmmakers to a broader audience in order to grow the local film industry.

Mission Statement

To celebrate and support BC short filmmakers.

History

  • 2005: The inaugural Vancouver Student Film Festival (VSFF) was held on Tuesday August 23rd, 2005 at the Pacific Cinematheque.  The sold-out event showcased 12 of Vancouver's most successful post-secondary student filmmakers and graduates.
  • 2006: The VSFF expanded to include 17 films over two days, with the first-ever panel portion of the festival. Five established industry professionals provided their expertise on the topic "How to Make Your Next Short Film." Held at the VIFC Vancity Theatre, the festival's spectatorship doubled in size, with the Saturday evening screening selling out.
  • 2009: The Board decided to change the name and nature of the festival into Canada's first Vancouver Short Film Festival, to accommodate professional artists in 2009. With the help of a rejuvenated Board of Directors, the VSFF received 140 entries and screened 32 films on October 23-24, 2009.
  • 2010: We celebrated our second year under our new name with 45 short films, a panel, our second international screening, a retrospective screening of the top films in our five years, two parties, and a free screening co-presented by the National Film Board of Canada.
  • 2012: The 3rd annual VSFF partnered with the NFB's Get Animated! with an animation workshop and Family Program, screened 29 films including a "Hometown Favourites" screening, and presented a panel on using the short film medium as a stepping stone to other careers.
  • 2013: The 4th annual VSFF presented two special screenings: BC Web Series and BC All-Stars, and celebrated 21 films and 4 locally produced web series.
  • 2014: We celebrated 5 years as the Vancouver Short Film Festival with another BC Web Series screening and a special retrospective screening featuring our Best Short Film winners from the past 4 years. In total, 21 short films and web series were screened.
  • 2015: The Board unanimously decided to move the festival dates from November to January.
  • 2016: The 6th annual Festival took place at the Vancity Theatre Jan 28-29, 2016. 23 films were shown in 4 programs over two days, with two sold out shows and attendance over 85% capacity.
  • 2017: The 7th annual Festival took place Jan 27-28, 2017 and showcased 28 short films over 2 days, with ticket sales being the highest in the history of the festival. The festival now regularly receives over 150 submissions a year, and we give out over $13,000 worth of prizes directly to the filmmakers. On Jan 27 our hashtag #vsff17 was trending number 1 in Vancouver.