2022/23 MPPIA Short Film Relaunches

August 5, 2022
Posted by: Leslie Wootton

Vancouver, BC – The Motion Picture Production Industry Association of British Columbia (MPPIA), Creative BC and the Whistler Film Festival are excited to invite applications for the 2022/23 edition of the MPPIA Short Film Award for the first time since the initiative paused in Spring 2020.

The MPPIA Short Award guidelines and application will be posted on the Creative BC website on
August 8th 2022. Follow link here.

Application Deadline to Creative BC: 11:59 pm, Friday September 16th, 2022

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 2022 Whistler Film Festival taking place Nov. 30 – Dec. 4 (online Dec. 1 – 31).

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 2023 Whistler Film Festival.

The MPPIA Short Film Award has become a highlight on the 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 MPPIA Short Film Award was founded in the spirit of collaboration, inclusion and equitable access to emerging filmmaker opportunities. In this spirit, the Award proponents and the industry community that supports it are committed to fostering safe environments free of discrimination and harassment, where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity, and can contribute fully to the creative process without hindrance.
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 2022 Whistler Film Festival runs in person from November 30 – December 4 and online from December 1 – 31.

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 contacts:
Leslie Wootton
MPPIA Communications
Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC
604.837.5829, lesliew@mppia.com

Mathew Parry/Julie Stangeland, Program Managers, Creative BC
mparry@mparrycreativebc-com/jstangeland@creativebc.com 604.736.7997

Abbie Sheldon/Simon Moffatt
Whistler Film Festival