2019/20 MPPIA Short Film Award Announced

July 24, 2019
Posted by: Leslie Wootton

The Motion Picture Production Industry Association of British Columbia (MPPIA), Creative BC and the Whistler Film Festival are pleased to invite applications for the 2019/20 edition of the MPPIA Short Film Award.

The MPPIA Short Award guidelines and application are posted on the Creative BC website:

Application Deadline to Creative BC:  11:59 pm Friday, August 30th, 2019

Established in 2007, the MPPIA Short Film Award provides one filmmaker with the opportunity to further develop his/her directing career by realizing a unique creative vision in a short film project.  Applicants will be short-listed into a field of candidates who will pitch their projects at the 2019 Whistler Film Festival taking place December 4–8.

The successful candidate will receive a $15,000 cash award plus services ‘in-kind’ valued up to $100,000 from across the industry, enabling the filmmaker to complete his/her project with the guidance of experienced industry professionals and support services provided by the top supply houses in British Columbia. The completed film will have its world premiere screening at the 2020 Whistler Film Festival.

The MPPIA Short Film Award has become a highlight on the annual Whistler Film Festival calendar, as some of BC’s brightest emerging directors vie on stage before a jury of industry professionals for the sought-after filmmaking opportunity.

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 an independent non-profit agency created by the Government of British Columbia in 2013 to build the capacity of BC’s creative sector. The agency has a mandate to support and strengthen BC’s film and television, interactive and digital media, music, magazine and book publishing industries 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 industry summits, and plays a leadership role in offering talent and project development programs for Canadian creators. The 2019 Whistler Film Festival runs December 4–8.

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.

For more information contact and media interview requests:


Leslie Wootton, MPPIA Communications, lesliew@mppia.com


Jacki St. Thomas
WFF Publicity
Account Manager, Jive PR + Digital

For program enquiries:

Erika Kumar, Program Manager, MPPIA Short Film Award, ekumar@creativebc.com