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the only Pacific Rim film festival in the world


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Every year, Short Circuit screens work from over 30 countries and welcomes filmmakers from around the Pacific Ocean to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Short Circuit is presented by CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers -- we acknowledge and respect the long history of the Lekwungen people, now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, on whose traditional and unceded territory we carry out our activities.


In 2020 we were forced to move the film festival online. And it was a blast!


Despite the change of format, we received tremendous support from both creators and audiences. We managed to break records for submissions, ticket sales, video views, and guest filmmakers. 30 short films were presented in 6 online screening programs, with guest filmmakers tuning in to online Q&As from around the world. We supported struggling artists by sharing ticket sales with the filmmakers, and our CINE⚡SPARK script + pitch competition crowned its fourth winner.

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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 all or part of the festival online. Final details of the format will be announced along with our film selections in April 2021.


Filmmakers from all regions bordering the Pacific Ocean are invited to submit your short film for consideration. We are looking for great films made after January 1, 2019 in all genres with a maximum running time of 20 minutes. Your film will also be considered for upcoming Short Circuit touring programs.

Short Circuit is presented by CineVic and located in Victoria, British Columbia's beautiful capital city on Vancouver Island. Victoria sits on traditional unceded territory of the Songhees, Esquimalt, and W̱SÁNEĆ Indigenous peoples.

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Nestled between Vancouver and Seattle, the city is surrounded by historical landmarks and natural landscapes sure to captivate any traveller. Victoria is a Royal destination and has been named one of the Top 5 Cities in Canada by Travel + Leisure, one of the Friendliest Cities in the world and one of the Top 10 Small Cities in the world by Condé Nast, and one of the Top 20 Places to Visit by CNN, while Canada was recently picked as the #1 destination country by Lonely Planet. In addition to a thriving independent film & media arts scene, our world-class locations also attract many well-known film productions such as X-Men, Deadpool, Sonic the Hedgehog, and SEE.

Film submissions are eligible from the following locations:

• British Columbia or Yukon, Canada
• Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, or Guam, USA
• Australia, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea
• Japan, Russian Far East, North Korea, South Korea, Pacific Coast Provinces of China, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Thailand
• Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Pacific Coast States of Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru


Awards up for grabs:

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

Early Deadline:
November 1, 2020

Regular Deadline:
January 1, 2021

Final Deadline:
February 1, 2021

Submission Categories:

Pacific Rim
Short Doc

Pacific Rim
Short Fiction

BC Shorts

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Short Circuit 2019

Short Circuit 2018

Short Circuit 2017

Short Circuit 2015

Short Circuit 2014

Short Circuit 2013

Short Circuit 2012