CINESPARK-logo-solid WEB
_MG_9882 web cropped


Presenting your 2019 CINE⚡SPARK Top 5 scripts:

KUNO SINGS // Odette Laramee

TIC TALK // Julia Dillon-Davis

KNOT WORKING // Justin Lee

SHARING // Greg Nuspel

LUCID // Claire Robertson


See their LIVE pitches and watch the world premiere of the 2018 CINE⚡SPARK film "Norman" at the Short Circuit Film Festival, May 3+4 2019!


(online program coming soon)


Watch the trailer for the 2017 winner of the CINE⚡️SPARK program:

Her Name Is Destiny

Premiered at the 2018 Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival, and screened in eight locations on the Short Circuit #PNW Tour.

Take a peek behind-the-scenes of the 2018 CINE⚡️SPARK winner:


See the film premiere at the 2019 Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival, May 3+4



IGNITE the production of your short film!


CINE⚡️SPARK has upped the ante, now offering a production package worth more than $15,000 to screenwriters and filmmakers from the Vancouver Island & Gulf Islands region!


Since 2017, CineVic's CINE⚡️SPARK production program has been supporting regional artists with cash, services, and free equipment rentals toward the production of outstanding short films.


Each year we put out a call for submissions of screenplays 10 pages or less. The scripts are blind judged, and the Top 5 pitch their projects to a panel of filmmakers at the Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival.


The best pitch receives a comprehensive production package to create their short film:

•  $13,500 in-kind equipment rentals from CineVic
•  $1,500 cash grant
•  $100 Modo driving credits toward production van rental
•  Production Insurance - 10 consecutive days of coverage ($195 value)
•  One-year complimentary CineVic Production Membership ($220 value)


Your film will premiere at the Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival the following year, and will be considered for upcoming Short Circuit touring programs!

Early Deadline:
November 1, 2018


Regular Deadline:
January 1, 2019


Late Deadline:
February 1, 2019


Top 5 Announced:
April 5, 2018


Top 5 Pitch Event
Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival:

May 3+4, 2019

CINE⚡️SPARK rules:

• The CINESPARK production program is open to anyone residing on Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands. Eligibility will be determined by the address stated in the submitter's FilmFreeway profile.

• Entrants must submit a complete short film script in standard screenplay format with the writer’s name and contact info REMOVED.

• You may submit as many scripts as you wish, but only one script per writer/submitter will be allowed in the Top 5.

• Scripts may be 10 pages maximum, not including title page. Scripts must be an original work and must be live-action narrative in any genre. (Documentary, animation, or experimental films are not eligible.)

• Submissions are judged based on both creativity and feasibility of production.

• We are unable to provide feedback on script submissions which do not advance to the Top 5 stage.

• The Top 5 finalists will be announced on or before April 5, 2019. These 5 Writers must then form their teams with a Director and a Producer for the pitch event. The Writer may fill 2, but not 3, of these key positions. The Top 5 will be required to submit a headshot photo and bio of each team member for promotional purposes.

• Teams will pitch their projects at Short Circuit in May 2019 (exact date and time TBA). Any one or a combination of all three team members (Writer, Director, Producer) may participate in the pitch presentation. Teams will be allowed 5 minutes maximum for their pitch, followed by a 5 minutes maximum Q&A period with the jury.

• The winning team will receive: a $1,500 cash grant; up to $13,500 of in-kind CineVic equipment rentals toward production of the submitted film; $100 Modo driving credits toward production van rental; production insurance with 10 consecutive days of coverage; and a one-year complimentary CineVic Production Membership. Total package is valued at over $15,000 (no cash value).

• The winning team will enter into a Production Agreement with CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers and will be required to provide the completed film by April 1, 2020. The members of the winning team may not change after the pitch.

• The cash grant will be released via cheque in two instalments: 75% will be released upon signing of the agreement, and the remaining 25% will be released upon receipt of the finished film and promotional materials. If the film is not completed or provided by the deadline, all monies received by the winning team must be repaid to CineVic.

• The winning team will be required to capture behind-the- scenes photos/video of their film production, including photos which depict use of the Modo van.

• CineVic will maintain first rights to a Victoria premiere screening of the finished film.

• Any key members (Writer, Director, Producer) of a winning team may not submit to, nor participate in, future instances of this competition.

• CineVic reserves the right to cancel this program and refund entry fees.

Short Circuit and CINE⚡SPARK sponsors: