Director John Ornoy’s Pitch for True Love Waits Takes 2012 MPPIA Short Film Award
Director John Ornoy ’s pitch for True Love Waits won the day over five talented filmmakers to take home the sixth annual MPPIA Short Film Award on December 2 at the 2012 Whistler Film Festival.
Ornoy’s pitch for the short film project True Love Waits — a dark comedy about an obsessive window dresser whose grip on reality is shaken when her windows take on a life of their own — came out on top for its originality of vision and clarity of execution.
The valuable MPPIA Short Film Award was presented after five extremely well executed pitches delivered in front of a Whistler Film Festival audience of peers and supporters. In addition to Jon Ornoy, the four filmmakers who advanced from a wide field of applicants to pitch in Whistler were: Brianne Nord-Steward (Cougars Cruising), Johnny Ma (Don’t Run off the Trail), Scott Kukurudz (Apocalypse Cafe) and Tyler Funk (The Perfect Pair).
“We had a very tough time making a final decision – every one of the five finalist directors delivered compelling pitches for projects that show real promise,” said jury chair Sudz Sutherland. “Ultimately the jury agreed that the combination of Jon Ornoy’s script, vision and pitch best captured the story he intends to tell with his short film.”
“We look forward to seeing Jon Ornory bring True Love Waits to the screen at the 2013 Whistler Film Festival,” Sutherland added.
The 2012 MPPIA Short Film Award was juried by talented and accomplished Canadian directors Lynne Stopkewich, Kate Melville and Sudz Sutherland.
“The MPPIA Short Film Award is one of the largest filmmaking prizes in Canada,” said MPPIA Chair Peter Leitch. “We are very pleased to be able to assemble the support and resources to help one of BC’s talented filmmakers take his or her career to the next level. Congratulations to Jon Ornoy, we look forward to seeing your short film work next year in Whistler.”
Leitch added, “I want to thank our Award jury for their generous participation. I would also like to thank British Columbia Film + Media, the Whistler Film Festival and the BC production community for their ongoing support of this initiative – without them the Award would not be possible.”
A partnership initiative of the Motion Picture Production Industry Association (MPPIA), British Columbia Film + Media and the Whistler Film Festival to support the career development of emerging BC filmmakers, the prestigious Award comprises $15,000 in cash plus in-kind services up to $100,000 for the production of a short film project. The Award was established to celebrate the contribution of film and television to the growing creative economy in British Columbia.
The completed MPPIA Short Film Award project will screen at the 2013 Whistler Film Festival.