stay tuned for our 2021 Top 5 announcement

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offers a production package worth more than
to screenwriters and filmmakers from the Vancouver Island & Gulf Islands region


Since 2017, CineVic's CINE⚡️SPARK production program has been supporting local artists with cash, services, and equipment toward the production of outstanding short films.

The only submission requirement is a complete screenplay, 10 pages or less. Scripts are blind judged, and the Top 5 pitch their projects in a live event at the annual Short Circuit Film Festival.

The best pitch receives a comprehensive production package to create their short film:

•  $13,500 in-kind equipment rentals from CineVic
• $2,500 in-kind equipment rentals from William F. White
•  $1,500 cash grant
•  $100 Modo driving credits toward production van rental
•  Production Insurance - 10 consecutive days of coverage ($195 value)
•  One-year complimentary CineVic Production Membership ($220 value)
• Your film will premiere at the Short Circuit Film Festival!

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A note to submitters:

In 2020 we were forced to host the Top 5 live pitch event online via Zoom. And it was a blast! 💥 We are crossing our fingers that public event restrictions will be relaxed in time for our 2021 program, so that we may gather at the cinema in person. However, it is possible that we will once again be forced to hold it online. Final details of the pitch event will be announced along with our next Top 5 in April 2021.


We are thrilled to announce the 2020 CINE⚡SPARK winner:

CINESPARK 2020 winner

Ann Marie Hak

Watch the trailers for winning films from past CINE⚡️SPARK programs:

Set to premiere at the 2021 Short Circuit Film Festival

Premiered at the 2019 Short Circuit Film Festival

Her Name Is Destiny
Premiered at the 2018 Short Circuit Film Festival

Check out a behind-the-scenes slideshow from the set of Norman:

Submissions Open:
September 1, 2020

Early Deadline:
November 1, 2020

Regular Deadline:
January 1, 2021

Late Deadline:
February 1, 2021

Top 5 Announcement:
April, 2021

Top 5 Pitch Event:
May, 2021

Please visit our FilmFreeway page for official program rules and submission information.

CineVic gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance and support of Canada Council for the Arts, Province of British Columbia, British Columbia Arts Council, and the CRD Arts Development Service.

Short Circuit and CINE⚡SPARK sponsors: