Who we are

CineVic is a non-profit, artist-run society committed to independent film and videomaking. We offer artistic development, screenings, seminars, discussions, equipment access and hands-on experience in media arts production to professionals, beginners and all those in between. CineVic: Society of Independent Filmmakers is a registered non-profit society under the B.C. Societies Act.

About our events

CineVic is host to an array of events and networking opportunities on an ongoing basis. Our events include, but are not limited to:
• Several workshop series covering a wide range of topics including screenwriting, producing, directing, cinematography, and editing.
• Filmmaking competitions held each year are open to and screened for the public.
• Screenings and exhibitions of independent, local, national, international, and member works.
• Professional artists and speakers engaging in discussions of their practice and their approach to artistic work.

About our film library

CineVic has a library of over 700 16mm films available for borrowing by the public. We are one of the only places to find 16mm film and NFB classics on Vancouver Island, and the only place to find NFB classics. A complete list of these films is available at our office or on our website. The films are currently lent out FREE OF CHARGE for non-commercial borrowers. There is a limit of five titles for one week at a time. There are late charges of $1.00 per film/day. Other charges are as follows:
• Commercial film rentals $5.00/film/week (5 films max)
• 16mm Projector rentals $10.00/day or weekend (a $20.00 deposit is required)
• S8/8mm Projector rentals $5.00/day or weekend (a $10.00 deposit is required)

We also house an extensive video library of work produced by our members over the years available for loan to CineVic members.

About our workshops

CineVic offers professional development opportunities for established filmmakers as well as entry level opportunities for emerging artists. Topics covered span the spectrum from producing and funding, lighting, sound and editing to working with actors and hand-processing film. Workshops are open to the public at non-member rates and can be created or suggested by CineVic members. Selected workshops are accessible by members in exchange for CineCredits earned through extra volunteer time. Check in with the office or refer back to our workshops page.

About our film festival

The Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival was born in 1995, created in a partnership between Origins Theatre and the CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers. Two decades later the festival is still going strong and has grown beyond our society into the Victoria Film Festival.

In 2012 CineVic resurrected our own film festival with an emphasis on independent work coming out of the Cascadia region.Short Circuit: A Celebration of Pacific Northwest Film is now presented annually. Calls for submission and screening details will be posted on our website.

How to reach us

CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers
#102 - 764 Yates Street
Victoria, BC, Canada
V8W 1L4
Ph: (250) 389-1590
Fax: (250) 380-1547


How do I get involved?

CineVic is an artist run Society and is based on the contributions made by those involved. All you have to do is walk in the door, or peruse this site to find out what's currently going on. CineVic membership is whatever you make of it and the Society is always open to new proposals. We post our activities on our website, social media, and weekly email newsletter. The newsletter also lists resources and opportunities such as funding and application deadlines, competitions, grants, festival submissions, casting/crew calls and so on.

Do I need to be a member?

There are numerous events and programs offered by CineVic that are open to the public. However, members receive discounted rates on things like workshops and equipment rental.

How do I become a member?

Prospective members must first request a new membership form from office@cinevic.ca. Then you must contribute the required number of volunteer hours for your desired membership level (if any). Upon completion of volunteer time, new members are submitted to the Board of Directors for approval. See our Membership page for a listing of the requirements and benefits of each membership level.

What do you mean by membership levels?

We offer Student MembershipGeneral Membership and Production Membership levels. Members are encouraged to join at whichever level they feel best serves their purposes, with the opportunity to upgrade at any time. See our Membership page for a listing of eligibility requirements and benefits of each membership level.

How do I get my volunteer hours done?

Members are welcome to help with setup/teardown of events, present a workshop to the membership around their area of expertise, plan a workshop or seminar inviting a professional to facilitate, or there are always plenty of tasks to do around the office. Please contact office@cinevic.ca regarding your areas of interest. All volunteer time must be accurately recorded with the office to be counted toward membership or CineCredit.


What equipment do you have?

Check our Equipment page for details.

Can I get someone else to rent equipment for me?

Anyone can rent equipment at non-member rates, as long as they demonstrate an aptitude with the gear they are borrowing. To rent at member rates, the Producer or Director who retains creative control over the project must be a member, must be the one to rent the equipment, and also must demonstrate an aptitude with its operation and care. Members may not take out equipment for someone else's project.

Creative Control refers to the person who has final say over the project. A commercial project that hires you ultimately has the final say about the project they are buying. Any project that gives you final say has given you creative control. We operate under this standard as put forward by the Canada Council for the Arts.

What post-production facilities do you have?

Our edit suite is now free of charge for members! We have a Mac Pro system equipped with Final Cut Pro X and Blackmagic Ultra Studio with 5.1 surround. For traditional 16mm editors we have access to an eight-plate Steenbeck (however this machine is currently in storage), neg cutting/conforming gear and some Super 8 abilities.

Can I sell you some of my equipment?

Depends. Contact equipment@cinevic.ca to discuss.


Where can I buy motion picture film?

Kodak Canada provides CineVic members with a 20% discount and can be ordered through the CineVic office. Peruse their site at www.kodak.com. Fuji at www.fujifilm.com also has a select number of stocks available.

What funding sources are there for filmmakers?

*list coming soon*


Who can I talk to about casting?

CineVic will happily send out casting calls in our weekly email newsletter. Also check out the following resources:

Barbara Coultish Talent and Model Management
Canadian College of Performing Arts
The Screen Actors Studio

Who can I talk to about locations and permits?
What film schools or programs are there in Victoria?

University of Victoria's Writing Department offers classes, undergraduate, and graduate programs in Screenwriting
Camosun College offers classes in Film Studies
Pacific Design Academy offers classes in Production, Animation, Design, and Acting