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Vancouver Island Short Film Festival— look quick

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (VISFF) looks back on five years of local film excellence with a retrospective screening on February 11th and 12th, 2011. This year’s festival will include a screening of award winning films that have been featured at the festival over the last 5 years and a live Pitch Contest where local filmmakers can pitch their short film ideas to the Festival audience with the winner receiving $500 towards the making of their next short film. Tickets for the VISFF cost $15.00 and are available at the Nanaimo Arts Council gallery in Nanaimo North Town Centre, and at House of Indigo and the Nanaimo Art Gallery on the campus of Vancouver Island University.  The festival will take place in Vancouver Island University’s Malaspina Theatre with a repeat showing Saturday, February 12 at the same time and location.  

Short films are limited to a running time of just 10 minutes.  There are presently 13 films scheduled, all award winners and people’s choice picks from the past 5 years.  This festival promises to be a lot of fun.

And for a super fun place to stay be sure to book your Nanaimo Bed & Breakfast accommodation at a member of the BC Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Guild where, rest assured, you’ll sleep better than  your blogger did while sitting through “Out of Africa” which was definitely NOT a short film!

Wildly Awash In Nanaimo

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

The Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society kicks off the 44th annual Nanaimo Marine Festival July 22, beginning four fun days and nights of great food,  fireworks, a kid’s carnival with harborside playdock and finally the main event: the “great” International World Championship Bathtub Race.  The Bathtub Race is a grueling 1 1/2 hour voyage circling Entrance Island then up and around Winchelsea Island and finishing at Departure Bay.  In past years it was a challenge just to get out of the choppy waters caused by hundreds of extra escort and observation boats.  Nowadays there are some pretty spiffy motorized tubs out there giving a new meaning to the word “whirlpool.” 

This year’s Nanaimo Marine Festival is a salute to the “Canadian Naval Centennial 1910 to 2010”.  The salute is also the theme of the festival’s “Sail Past on Wheels Fun Parade”.  (more…)