2017 MPPIA Short Film Award Pitch Candidates Announced for Whistler Film Fest (Nov. 29 – Dec. 3), Pitch Announced

November 14, 2017
Posted by: Leslie Wootton

The Motion Picture Production Industry Association of British Columbia (MPPIA), Creative BC and the Whistler Film Festival are pleased to present the 11th edition of the MPPIA Short Film Award Pitch at the 17th annual Whistler Film Festival:

Saturday, December 2, 11 am – 1 pm, Maury Young Arts Centre.

An annual highlight on the Whistler Film Festival calendar, the eleventh cycle of the MPPIA Short Film pitch will again be distinguished by five promising BC directors competing for the valuable Award. Based on a comprehensive adjudication process administered by Creative BC, the five finalists and their projects are:

Jessie Anthony, The Last Cigarette

Veronika Kurz, 20 Minutes to Life

Joel Salaysay, What You Take With You

Morgan Tams, Cruel Sister

The successful candidate receives a $10,000 cash award from MPPIA, a $5,000 cash award from Creative BC, plus in-kind production services up to $100,000 for a short film project to be completed within one year after receiving the Award. The completed project will premiere at the 2018 Whistler Film Festival.

Don’t miss the Whistler Film Festival world premiere screening of last year’s MPPIA Short Film Award pitch winner Ana de Lara’s Good Girls Don’t:

Saturday December 2nd, 4:30 pm, Maury Young Arts Centre.

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 Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC (MPPIA) is a member-based, non-profit society established in April 2002 to grow, diversify and promote a competitive and sustainable motion picture production industry in British Columbia.

Creative BC is a non-profit society established by the provincial government in 2013. Their mandate is to provide the programs, services and expertise needed to expand and diversify British Columbia’s creative industries, stimulate investment and employment in the creative sector and promote BC’s creative content and production capabilities both at home and in the global marketplace.

The Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) is a cultural charitable organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, the industry and audiences in Whistler. WFFS produces one of Canada’s leading film festivals and plays a leadership role in offering professional and project development programs for filmmakers. The 2017 Whistler Film Festival runs November 29th to December 3rd.

The MPPIA Short Film Award is made possible by the above organizations as well as the generous support and contributions of the British Columbia motion picture production community.

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For more information contact and media interview requests:

Leslie Wootton

MPPIA Communications

Motion Picture ProductionIndustry Association of BC




Erika Kumar

Creative BC

Administrator, MPPIA Short Film Award


Lindsay Nahmiache


Whistler Film Festival