Monday, January 4, 2016

Press Release: Vancouver Short Film Festival--January 29-30, 2016

Hottest lineup to­-date unveiled for Vancouver Short Film Festival’s 6th anniversary celebration. Over $15,000 in cash and prizes to be awarded by esteemed jury.

VANCOUVER SHORT FILM FEST (VSFF) announces their 2016 Official Selections for the 6th annual festival to be held January 29th and 30th, 2016, at Vancity Theatre. This year, festival goers can look forward to 23 short films from BC filmmakers, selected from over 180 submissions.

The film lineup includes 9 women directors, 9 student films and even a 9 year old filmmaker! Maia Costea, director writer and actor in Behind the Rocks, is a 9 years old actress from Vancouver Canada, who discovered the passion of filmmaking when she started a filmmaking program called Young Moviemaking. Behind the Rocks is Maia’s directorial debut which will be screening in the Child’s Play program and is in competition for the Best Student Short Film Award.

23 short films are competing with the opportunity to win 12 awards and over $15,000 in cash and prizing to be awarded. VSFF Awards include: the $2,500 Best Short Film Award and $2,500 Best Student Film Award sponsored by William F. Whites, along with Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Woman Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best VFX, Best Sound Design, Best Editing and new this year, the Underdog Award sponsored by Raindance Vancouver (a free 1 year membership with Raindance and 1 free workshop of their choosing). These awards will be decided by a jury of 3 established industry professionals: Aaron Bushkowsky, Nicholas Humphries, andKat Montagu.

“BC has such a wealth of talent,” says Festival Director Kristyn Stilling, “It is exciting to be able to showcase some of best short films our province has to offer and celebrate our homegrown filmmakers.”

Films are programmed in 4 categories:

BC and the World­- Friday Jan 29th 8pm
The Blue Jet directed by Lawrence Le Lam
Vancouver Zoetrope directed by Jeffery Chong
Imperial directed by Timothy John Sharp
Migrant Bodies directed by Xavier Curnillon
Nephew directed by David Findlay

Dark Deeds­- Friday Jan 29th 930pm
In Memory directed by Robert Kirbyson
Arc directed directed by Amartei Armar
Hallow directed by Leigh Powis
Red Handed directed by Edward Andrews
Vehicular Romanticide by Andrew Rowe

Child’s Play­- Saturday Jan 30th 7pm
Bite directed by Brittany Lum­-Cho
Willa & the Willis directed by Jen Ray
My Least Favorite Person directed by Lantian Chen
Michi directed by Kaho Yoshida
Behind the Rocks directed by Maia Costea
Kindergarten, Da Bin Ich Weider directed by Aubrey Arnason and Kayln Miles
Letter To My Future Self directed by Robert Randall

Pursuit of Identity­- Saturday Jan 30th 830pm
Strawman directed by Jordan Macken
Not a Stranger directed by Kate Green
Dissonance directed by Anna Ngo
Clouds of Autumn directed by Trevor Mack
Pacific Wayfarer directed by Dylan George Maranda
Never Steady, Never Still directed by Kathleen Hepburn

For more information and film synopsis please visit
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Thank you for reading this 
Anthony Nadeau 

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