MPPIA Short Film Award Partners Gather Industry to Launch 6th Edition

October 4, 2012
Posted by: Leslie Wootton

The Whistler Film Festival, in cooperation with British Columbia Film+Media (BCFM) and the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC (MPPIA) announces the 2012/13 MPPIA Short Film Award Launch on November 6. The event celebrates achievements in short film under the auspices of the Award since its inception in 2007.

When: Tuesday, November 6; networking reception 6 pm, official program/screenings 7 pm

Where: The Rio (1660 East Broadway) in Vancouver.

Tickets: $20 per person http://whistlerfilmfestival.eventbrite.com/

Door prizes include ‘sponsored’ industry services and an Industry Pass to participate in the 2012 Whistler Film Festival + Summit. Net proceeds raised by the event will support the MPPIA Short Film Award at WFF.

An industry reception will be followed by screenings of the four winning films completed to date; a sneak preview of the 2011/12 winning film set to have its world premiere at the upcoming Whistler Film Festival; AND the official announcement of the five 2012 short-listed pitch candidates who will vie for the valuable filmmaking prize at this year’s Festival.

“This year’s launch promises an exceptional networking opportunity as BC’s emerging filmmakers gather with Award supporters to celebrate the MPPIA Short Film Award,” says Whistler Film Festival Society Executive Director Shauna Hardy Mishaw. “We are very proud to collaborate with BCFM, MPPIA and supporters from across the industry on this important Award – which is clearly fulfilling the industry building vision that inspired it,” Hardy Mishaw adds.

To date 25 BC filmmakers from a field of more than 100 applicants have participated in the Award pitch competition. The Award provides the successful candidate with a $15,000 cash award plus resources ‘in-kind’ valued up to $100,000 to complete the proposed short film project. This year’s five finalists will compete before a jury of three industry professionals and an industry peer audience as part of the 2012 Summit at the Whistler Film Festival on Saturday December 1. The winner will be announced at the Festival’s Awards Brunch on Sunday December 2, 2012 and the completed film will have its world premiere at the 2013 Whistler Film Festival.

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