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Who we are

CineVic is an artist-run society committed to independent filmmaking. We offer artistic development opportunities, screenings, seminars, workshops, equipment access, and hands-on experience in media arts production to professionals, beginners and all skill levels in between. CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers is a registered non-profit society under the B.C. Societies Act.

About our events

CineVic is host to an array of events and networking opportunities. Our events include, but are not limited to:
• Ongoing workshops covering a wide range of topics including screenwriting, producing, directing, cinematography, editing, acting/casting, grantwriting, ...
• Film production and screening programs such as CINESPARK and Film Festivus.
• Screenings and exhibitions of independent, local, national, international, and member works such as our annual Short Circuit: Pacific Rim Film Festival.
• Professional artists and speakers engaging in mentorship, workshops, and panel discussions of their practice and approach to filmmaking.

About our film and book library

CineVic has a library of over 1,000 film and book titles in 8mm, 16mm, VHS and DVD. We are one of the only places to find NFB classics on Vancouver Island. A complete list of films is available here and a list of books available here.

Items are loaned FREE OF CHARGE to the public. There is a limit of five titles for one month at a time. Late charges will apply.

About our workshops

CineVic offers professional development opportunities for established filmmakers as well as entry level opportunities for emerging artists. Topics covered span the spectrum from producing and funding, lighting, sound and editing to working with actors and hand-processing film. Workshops are open to the public at non-member rates and can be created or suggested by CineVic members. Selected workshops are accessible by members in exchange for CineCredits earned through extra volunteer time. Check in with the office or refer back to our workshops page.

About our film festival

Short Circuit
In 2012 CineVic resurrected our short film festival with an emphasis on independent work coming out of the Cascadia region. Short Circuit: A Celebration of Pacific Northwest Film ran for four years, and in 2016 we expanded the festival to showcase work from all around the Pacific Ocean. Short Circuit: Pacific Rim Film Festival is now presented annually. Calls for submission and screening information can be found at

Victoria Film Festival
The Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival was born at CineVic in 1995 and eventually grew beyond our society into its own entity, the Victoria Film Festival. Over two decades later the festival is still going strong!

How to reach us

CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers
#102 - 764 Yates Street
Victoria, BC, Canada
V8W 1L4
(250) 389-1590
[email protected]


How do I get involved?

CineVic is an artist-run society and relies on contributions made by those involved. All you have to do is walk in the door, or peruse this site to find out what's currently going on. We post our activities on our website, social media, and email newsletter which also lists resources and opportunities such as funding and application deadlines, competitions, grants, festival submissions, casting/crew calls etc. You may subscribe to our email newsletter at the bottom of this website.

Do I need to be a member?

There are numerous events and programs offered by CineVic that are open to the public. However, members receive benefits such as discounted rates on things like workshops and equipment rental.

How do I become a member?

See our Membership page for a listing of the requirements and benefits of each membership level, and when you're ready, fill out our online Membership Application Form.

How do I get my volunteer hours done?

Members are welcome to help with setup/teardown of events, assist at workshops and artist talks, distribute posters, or there are always plenty of tasks to do around the office. Please contact us if you are itching to volunteer or need to complete your required hours for membership. Members often volunteer on each others' productions to each CineCredits. Please note that all volunteer time must be accurately recorded with the office.


What equipment do you have?

Check our Equipment page for details.

Can I get someone else to rent equipment for me?

Anyone can rent equipment at non-member rates, as long as they demonstrate an aptitude with the gear they are borrowing. To rent at member rates, the Producer or Director who retains creative control over the project must be a member, must be the one to sign the equipment rental agreement, and also must demonstrate an aptitude with its operation and care. Members may not borrow equipment for someone else's project.

What post-production facilities do you have?

Our edit suite is now free of charge for members! We have a Mac Pro system equipped with Final Cut Pro X and Blackmagic Ultra Studio with 5.1 surround sound capabilities. For traditional 16mm editors we have access to an eight-plate Steenbeck (however this machine is currently in storage), neg cutting/conforming gear and some Super 8 equipment.

Can I sell you some of my equipment?

Depends. Contact [email protected] to discuss.


What funding sources are there for filmmakers?
Where can I buy analogue motion picture film?

Kodak Canada provides CineVic members with a 20% discount and can be ordered through the CineVic office. Peruse their site at Fuji at also has a select number of stocks available.


How do I get started in the film industry?

Get yourself listed on the Production Assistant contact list managed by Vancouver Island South Film & Media Commission, and check out their resources for getting started.

Who can I talk to about acting and casting?

CineVic will happily send out members' casting calls in our email newsletter. Also check out the following resources:

Barbara Coultish Talent and Model Management
Canadian College of Performing Arts
The Screen Actors Studio
Victoria Academy of Dramatic Arts

Who can I talk to about locations and permits?
What film schools or programs are there in Victoria?

University of Victoria's Writing Department offers classes, undergraduate, and graduate programs in Screenwriting
Camosun College offers classes in Film Studies
Pacific Design Academy offers classes in Production, Animation, Design, and Acting