Director Andrew Rowe makes a ‘stand up’ pitch for Vehicular Romanticide, takes MPPIA Short Film Award at WFF 2014
Emerging writer/director Andrew Rowe came out on top of a field of five talented BC filmmakers with an amusing pitch for his trage-comedy Vehicular Romanticide at the Whistler Film Festival MPPIA Short Film Award pitch competition Dec. 6. Special mention was also given to filmmaker Iuliana Constaninescu for her well developed pitch to direct suspense drama short Say You’re Sorry.
The Motion Picture Production Industry Association of British Columbia (MPPIA), Creative BC and the Whistler Film Festival wish to congratulate Andrew Rowe, Iuliana Constantinescu along with three other talented pitch candidates who competed for the prestigious award: Shannon Kohli (Man-date); Daniel Code (Aurora) and Paul Furminger (Japantown).
This year’s esteemed jury, all 2014 Whistler Film Festival Borsos Prize Nomineees, Directors Sean Garrity (After the Ball), Sophie Deraspe (Les Loups/Wolves) and Cameron Labine (Mountain Men), grappled with five diversely convincing story pitches:
“Filmmaker Andrew Rowe gave us the most compellingly funny pitch with his story of female self-empowerment gone wrong….Vehicular Romanticide is an original story revealing the absurdity of superficial male/female relationships…congratulations to Andrew Rowe, we look forward to seeing his story realized on screen.”
The MPPIA Short Film Award winner receives a $15,000 cash award plus in-kind production support resources worth up to $100,000 for his short film project to be completed within one year of receiving the Award. The completed project will premiere at the 2015 Whistler Film Festival.
Now in its eighth cycle, the MPPIA Short Film Award provides one filmmaker with an opportunity to further develop his/her directing career by realizing a unique creative vision. The Award was founded to recognize and celebrate the contribution of film and television to the Province of British Columbia.
The MPPIA Short Film Award is made possible by MPPIA, Creative BC, The Whistler Film Festival, as well as the generous support and contributions of the British Columbia motion picture production community.