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Cowichan Valley Short Film Festival

We welcome you to an evening of international and local short films, February 24th at 6 pm.

Entries will be reviewed by a Selection Committee appointed by the Festival Directors. The Selection Committee will provide a list of film and video works, as well as a list of nominees for Festival awards. Entrants will be notified about entry decisions by January 20, 2018.

Important Dates

For our February 24th short film showing

  • August 1, 2017: Opening Date
  • October 1, 2017: Regular Deadline
  • December 1, 2017: Extended Deadline
  • January 12, 2018: Notification Date
  • September 1, 2017: Earlybird Deadline
  • November 1, 2017: Late Deadline
  • January 1, 2018: Almost Too Late Deadline
  • February 24, 2018: Event Date







$3000 in cash and prizes

Best Local Film

Best Music Video

Best Comedy

Best Student

Best Animation

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Best Drama

Best Horror

Featured Films


This documentary was done by a student, Geoff Arrowsmith. It is about a child named Neil who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at 6 month old. He started therapeutic riding when he was 11. It follows his journey with animals and healing.

The Audition

If you want to laugh straight for 8 minutes and 48 seconds, come watch this short film called ‘The Audition’. Dave has a frustrating experience before an important audition.

The Film Police

Ben Macphail is an up-and-coming filmmaker from Vancouver, Canada. In the past, he has done production and post-production work for the University of British Columbia and Shaw Cablesystems, and is further known for his directorial work on his award-winning student short film, “Sunset Trail.”

The United Guys Network

A hilarious comedy, loving newlywed husband Paul Seger is making the other guys in the neighbourhood look bad. Time for The United Guys Network to step in and teach him how to be a ‘real’ husband.


A beautiful local film. A little girl finds a stuffed rabbit and tries to reunite it with it’s owner.
Award winning film maker Michael Chen.

The View From Here

Introducing Keaton House. Keaton House has been involved in arts–singing, playing piano, and mixing from a young age–but only recently got into film. The creates structure through rhythm and sound, rather than just picture. He is a director, with a focus on story and natural pacing.

The Hike

Made by a local film maker named Jamie Francis,
is it about a brother and sister go for a hike in the woods. But where did Jimmy go?

Steve Storey’s Guide to Trailbuilding

Trail building is an art form, at least that’s what we would have you believe. Filmed in Whistler over the last several years, Steve Storey’s crew has learned a thing or two about what to do and what not to do when out in the woods building your dream trail. They have assembled a short video on how to build better trails and save any aspiring trail builders from making the same mistakes thru did. And remember, safety first! You can’t undo a chainsaw cut…

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