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*Submissions now closed for 2022 - stay tuned for submission details for our 2023 festival*

Please click here for details on our 10th annual edition happening in 1-31 May 2022 at The Vic Theatre and online

⬆️  Short Circuit 2021 Filmmaker Q&As  ⬆️

Every year, Short Circuit screens short films 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, as well as the W̱SÁNEĆ First Nation, on whose traditional and unceded territory we carry out our activities.

Over the entire month of May 2020 we presented our 9th annual celebration of Pacific Rim short film, with a record-breaking 50 short films in 10 online screening programs, and more than 25 filmmakers tuning in to livestream Q&As from around the world. We also re-activated "Odeon Alley" adjacent to our headquarters in Victoria, running all the films in the public square for socially distanced viewing in the open air. We supported struggling artists by sharing ticket sales with filmmakers, and the CINE⚡SPARK script + pitch competition crowned its fifth winner!


After a successful pivot to an online festival format over the past two years, we are planning for a hybrid event to take place next year, both online around the world and in-person at our home base on Vancouver Island. At Short Circuit we put filmmakers first. We keep our entry fees low and accessible (even lower for FilmFreeway Gold Members!), and all selected directors are invited to Victoria to participate in-person, or in online Q&As from your homes around the world. We might even interview you for our podcast!

*Submissions now closed - please watch for our next call for submissions in Fall 2022*

At Short Circuit we put filmmakers first. Our entry fees are low and accessible (even lower for FilmFreeway Gold Members!), we pay IMAA standard screening fees, and all selected directors are invited to Victoria to participate in-person or in online Q&As from your homes around the world.



Filmmakers from all regions bordering the Pacific Ocean are invited to submit your short film to our next festival happening in May 2022. We are looking for great films made after January 1, 2020 in all genres with a maximum running time of 20 minutes. And this year we've added NEW categories for web series! Your film will also be considered for upcoming Short Circuit touring programs. Final details of the festival format will be announced along with our film selections in April 2022.

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 the best small city in Canada,  one of the Top 5 Cities in Canada, one of the Friendliest Cities in the world, one of the Top 10 Small Cities in the world, and one of the Top 20 Places to Visit, 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, Maid, SEE, and many Hallmark productions.

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 Web Series
• Outstanding Director
• Outstanding Cinematography
• Outstanding Art Direction
• Outstanding Screenplay
• Outstanding Performance
• Outstanding Sound
• Outstanding Music
• Outstanding Editing
• Audience Choice

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Submission Categories:

Pacific Rim
Short Fiction

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