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returns to Victoria for our 8th annual showcase of films from around the Pacific Ocean 

May 1+2, 2020



Attention filmmakers -- Short Circuit returns in 2020 with another showcase of films from over 30 countries around the Pacific Rim!

Short Circuit is currently the only film festival in the world with a Pacific Rim curatorial focus. Each year we screen work from over 30 countries and welcome filmmakers from around the Pacific Ocean to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Short Circuit is presented by CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers in Lekwungen Territory on Vancouver Island.

2019 was our biggest festival yet, breaking records for submissions, audience attendance, and visiting filmmakers. We started it off with a glitzy party high atop the Chateau Victoria, and presented 24 films in 3 screening programs with over 20 filmmakers in attendance. We also premiered the second film created through our CINE⚡SPARK program, held a live pitch showdown with the new recruits, and crowned the 2019 winner!

For Short Circuit's 8th anniversary, the 2020 festival promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Short Circuit 2018 panel

Filmmakers from regions bordering the Pacific Ocean are invited to submit your short film for consideration. We are looking for great films made after January 1, 2018 in all genres with a maximum running time of 20 minutes. Your film will also be considered for upcoming Short Circuit touring programs.

CINE⚡️SPARK script competition and production program is also back again, and we've increased our prize package -- now valued at over $17,500!

Short Circuit and CINE⚡SPARK are 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.

Nestled between Vancouver and Seattle, the city is surrounded by historical landmarks and natural landscapes sure to captivate any traveller. Victoria was recently named the #3 Top City in Canada by Travel + Leisure and one of the Top 10 Best Cities in the World by Condé Nast, while Canada was picked as the #1 destination country for Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2017.

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, 2019

Regular Deadline:
January 1, 2020

Final Deadline:
February 1, 2020

Submission Categories:

Pacific Rim
Short Doc

Pacific Rim
Short Fiction

BC Shorts

Short Circuit 2019

Short Circuit 2018

Short Circuit 2017

Short Circuit 2015

Short Circuit 2014

Short Circuit 2013

Short Circuit 2012