In 1999, a vision of using film studies as a catalyst for teaching creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration, gave birth to the ZOOM Film Festival in a Mulgrave School classroom. Recognised today as one of the province’s most popular student film competitions, what started as a North Shore festival with ten entries, consistently garners over 75 entries a year from secondary school students across all of BC. To date, the festival has awarded over $500,000 in cash prizes and scholarships thanks to the support of sponsors like Vancouver Film School, Young Moviemakers, SchoolCreative, Lorne Lapham, Tarlington Studios among others.


          All ZOOM submissions must be seven minutes or less and be written, shot and produced entirely within a 48-hour period over a predetermined weekend in October. At the start of competition, a prop and theme are revealed and the 48-hour countdown begins.


          A changing panel of nine BC film industry professionals, including actors, cinematographers, editors and visual effects artists, nominate and select films based on a variety of categories, including Best Overall, Best Performance and Best Technical.All the nominated films will be announced on the website and all ZOOM filmmakers are invited to celebrate their accomplishments at the annual ZOOM Awards Night hosted at Mulgrave School in West Vancouver.


          The have been dozens of ZOOM 'grads' who have gone on to have successful careers in film and television. Among the most recent are ZOOM award winners Graham and Nelson Talbot, from Talbot Twins Cinematography, who in 2013 took their first feature to the Vancouver International Film Festival. Every year, alumni return as presenters, judges or as members of the audience looking to watch some great films!


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 Vancouver Film School is proud to be a longtime supporter of the ZOOM Film Festival. To help celebrate our partnership, VFS will be offering 3-Excellence in Craft awards. These rewards will provide the recipients with a total of $100,000 in tuition reduction.