shortCUTZ: A Local Film Competition

C’Mon Barber Sponsors New Screening Section & Competition at Vashon Island Film Festival Aimed at Showcasing Local Films

The Vashon Film Institute and C’Mon Barber, Vashon’s beloved barber shop operated by islander Tara Morgan, have announced a partnership for VIFF24 that will bring two new screenings to the festival—both highlighting work from filmmakers in the Pacific Northwest as a “Local Spotlight”—and a new local short film competition appropriately dubbed “shortCUTZ,” which will select five short films that were shot on Vashon to screen at VIFF in August this year. The official selections of shortCUTZ will compete for Mickey’s Chair, a new award honoring excellence in local short filmmaking named in honor of Morgan’s late father, a year of haircuts from C’Mon Barber, and 12 free film passes to the Vashon Theatre. The Local Spotlight screenings will be confirmed during VIFF’s formal line-up announcement in July.

“As both a standing sponsor of VIFF and my barber, our conversation naturally turns to the festival during my time in Tara’s chair,” says VFI President Mark Mathias Sayre. “She asked if we could find a way for her sponsorship to promote local filmmakers, and I thought that was a brilliant suggestion. Thus, the Local Spotlight screenings and shortCUTZ are the brainchild of that collaborative sponsorship and I hope we can find more of these types of opportunities with other local businesses moving forward.”

“In my pre-Vashon Island life, film and film festivals played a major role says Morgan. “As both a filmmaker and a filmgoer, I’ve witnessed the power of seeing one’s expression onscreen. The short film format particularly makes that experience accessible to novice and experienced voices alike, and I’m so excited to see what our community creates!”

Submission to shortCUTZ is now live. The rules are simple: (i) 2-10 minutes in length; and (ii) must be shot entirely on Vashon. The deadline for submissions is 5pm PT on July 28, 2024; and official selections for shortCUTZ will be announced on August 2, 2024. The winner will be determined solely by VIFF24’s jury.

VIFF24 will run from Thursday, August 8, to Sunday, August 11, 2024, with another curated program of award-winning film screenings from the current festival season and other events, including yet-to-be-announced live music performances. Screenings and concerts shall be held at the Vashon Theatre, with ancillary festival events held at various locations around the town of Vashon.

Submit your short film here!