From a record 180 submissions, the 2018 Vancouver Short Film Festival will feature 31 films by British Columbia filmmakers.

The 2018 Vancouver Short Film Festival takes place at the Vancity Theatre on January 26 & 27.  Visit http://vsff.com for tickets and information.

Here are five films we think you should not miss at this year’s festival:

Unintentional Mother

Mary Galloway’s film is the story of an Aboriginal girl who must choose between running from her abusive father or staying as a devoted nanny, family is all about perspective.

Flash Flood

This animated documentary from Alli MacKay brings three transgender voices to light while they share their intimate relationships with their identities.

The Good Fight

This short from filmmaker Mintie Pardoe is the story of a young nun yearns to explore her sexuality before taking her final vows and committing to a lifetime of celibacy.

The Good Fight
The Good Fight

Cypher

A finalist at last year’s Crazy 8s Film Festival, Lawrence Le Lam’s film follows a Korean-American high school student who finds himself drawn to LA’s underground hip hop scene, where he discovers a platform to confront his painful past.

High Energy

From filmmaker Peter Faint, this is the story of a boy, oppressed by his social standing at school, who dangerously finds community in the racist and misogynist forums of the Alt Right.