BC's Best Shorts


2013 Judges:

Nathalie De Los Santos

Nathalie De Los Santos was born in Vancouver, BC. She studied at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Film, Video and Integrated Media. She currently works at Electronic Arts as development support. Previously, she's been a judge on the programming team for Women in Film and Television Film Festival 2013. In 2012, she was their Twitter social media intern. She worked as a producer on many short films and animations, one being a 2012 Crazy8s short, others which have traveled to festivals. She currently is switching from film to video games, as she loves gaming, participates in the Full Indie Meet-ups and now works on FIFA.


Desiree Lim

Desiree Lim is a true cultural hybrid. A second-generation Chinese born in Malaysia, she grew up there as well as in Japan, where she obtained her B.A. in journalism at Sophia University in Tokyo. Lim started her career in television as the director and associate producer for news and documentaries at TV Asahi and later worked for NHK in Tokyo. Her debut Japanese TV feature, Sugar Sweet, and Canadian TV drama Floored By Love opened to sold-out audiences at major LGBT film festivals in North America, Europe and Asia.  HOME, a two-part project which consists of a short narrative drama and a documentary with real testimonials on human rights abuse in Malaysia from Burmese refugees, made its North American premiere at Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival in 2011.  THE HOUSE is Lim’s latest feature film, a supernatural psychological thriller that made its international premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival in 2012, and won Best Screenwriting and Best Performance Awards at the Vancouver Women In Film Festival, as well as Best Canadian Feature at the Female Eye Film Festival.  Floored By Love has been chosen by America’s national LGBT magazine “The Advocate” as one of the Top 10 LGBT DVDs.  
Lim was a director participant of the Women In Director’s Chair Workshop and National Screen Institute’s Features First, both in Canada.  She has received numerous film grants from Telefilm and British Columbia Film.  Fluent in English, Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese and Malay, Desiree continues to transcend geographical and cultural borders to breathe life and give voice to the unique and original stories she has to tell.  Currently, Lim is based in Vancouver, Canada. 
Official website: www.desireelimfilms.com
THE HOUSE: www.the-housemovie.com


Dan Sokolowski

A graduate of Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa (BFA), Dan has produced over 20 short films and 1 feature film, blending documentary and animation. Dan is currently the producer of the Dawson City International Short Film Festival. A member of the Dawson City Arts Society and the Yukon Film Society. He was a member of the Independent Filmmakers Cooperative of Ottawa (IFCO) (Board member for 5 years) and SAW Video and was on the board of the Canadian Film Institute and the Yukon Film Society. He has taught courses on Painting & Drawing, Experimental Animation, Camera Technique, Picture and Sound Editing. Dan has received grants from the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, CBC, The Yukon Film & Sound Commission, The Klondike Institute for Art and Culture, and IFCO. Dan has also participated in over 40 independent film productions as Director of Photography, Picture and Sound Editor, Animator, Assistant Director, Production Manager, and Lighting Design.


Agam Darshi

Agam Darshi is a sought after Canadian actress and filmmaker based in Los Angeles.

Agam was born in England and raised all over Canada. She attended the University of Calgary where she graduated with a BFA in Visual Arts and Theatre, and then went on to complete the Film Arts program at Langara College with a focus in screenwriting. Agam recently made her directorial debut with a Bravo Fact film she wrote entitled Fade Out. Previous to that, Agam co-founded Western Canada's very first International South Asian Film Festival (VISAFF). Currently in it's third year, the festival focuses on 'bridging the gap' between South Asian talent and mainstream audiences, by breaking stereotypes and expanding North American views on the artists within the culture.

As an actress, Agam is currently working as a series lead on CTV's newest undercover cop drama Played, as Khali Bhatt. Past shows also include a series lead in the hit sci-fi show Sanctuary (Syfy) where she plays the tough as nails Kate Freelander, for which she has been nominated for 2 Constellation Awards. Agam was also a series lead in season 1 of Dan for Mayor (CTV) for which she earned a Canadian Comedy Award nomination for best ensemble. Agam won a Leo Award in 2013 for her role in Bruce Sweeny's Crimes of Mike Recket.


Michael van den Bos

Michael van den Bos teaches film theory at the Vancouver Film School and animation history at Capilano University in North Vancouver.  For five years, Michael taught motion picture history at the Pacific Audio Visual Institute, including a course in the history of 20th Century pop music.  Through the 1980s, ‘90s and early 2000s, Michael worked in the Vancouver animation industry as a producer of animated films and TV programming.  Michael is a popular live speaker and commentator about classic movies, appearing frequently at a variety of special film events and festivals, including: the Vancouver Retro Cinema Fest, the Hollywood Theatre’s Classic Film Series, the Vancity Theatre and film talks at the Orpheum Theatre and the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.  Michael is a recurring host of the Cinema Sunday series at The Cinematheque, Vancouver’s home of essential cinema, where he introduces classic family films.  For seven years, Michael wrote a column about classic films for Vancouver View magazine and he currently writes film reviews for his website called, Movie Mad:  http://michaelvdb.shawwebspace.ca.  Michael’s favourite feature films include Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Citizen Kane (1941), Pinocchio (1940) and Raging Bull (1980).  Michael’s favourite short films include The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (1946), The Red Balloon (1956), The Idle Class (1921) and The Crimson Permanent Assurance segment from Monty Python’s Meaning of Life (1983).​