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May 1-31, 2021

The only Pacific Rim film festival in the world returns for our 9th annual showcase of short films from near and far!

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An entire month of online screenings and events
50 short films in 10 on-demand programs
Dozens of filmmakers representing over 25 regions around the Pacific Rim
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Help support independent artists around the world! Short Circuit proudly shares ticket sales with all of our filmmakers.

(Prices in $CAD)

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Click to expand each one below to see the list of films, release schedule, and video player.

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Filmmaker Q&As will be presented LIVE online throughout the month of May! Check out the films first, get your questions ready, and then join us for a chat.




CINESPARK 2021 Top 5

The Top 5 have been chosen — now YOU can watch them pitch their projects at Short Circuit!

Wednesday May 19th @ 7:00pm PDT

⚠️ Livestream link will be posted here ⚠️ 

Now in its fifth year, CINE⚡SPARK annually awards a production package of cash, equipment, and services to an outstanding short screenplay by a filmmaker from the Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands region.

The best pitch will walk away with more than $17,500 worth of resources to make their short film -- then they'll have a year to complete it and premiere it at next year’s Short Circuit Film Festival!

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Check back for our awards announcement in late May.

Outstanding BC Film
Outstanding International Film
Outstanding Documentary Film
Outstanding Animated Film
Outstanding Director
Outstanding Cinematography
Outstanding Art Direction
Outstanding Screenplay
Outstanding Performance
Outstanding Sound
Outstanding Music
Outstanding Editing
Audience Choice

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CineVic acknowledges and respects the long history of the Lək̓ʷəŋən-speaking people, now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, as well as the W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations, on whose traditional and unceded territory we carry out our activities.


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


Short Circuit and CINE⚡SPARK Sponsors

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This event is supported by Downtown Victoria