Director Heather Perluzzo Makes Winning Pitch for the 2019 MPPIA Short Film Award

December 13, 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 congratulate Heather Perluzzo on her winning pitch for short film project Wild Flower.

DGC BC Executive Director Kendrie Upton moderated a jury of filmmaking professionals: Producer & Media Consultant Emily Alden; Writer/Director Francis Luta; Producer/Director of Bosa Centre for Film & Animation Doreen Manual. The jury heard and provided feedback on project pitches from five emerging directors:Deborah Burns, The Cold Plate

Liam Callander, Life in Miniature

Camille Hollet-French, Sitting Duck

Sunny Mohajer, Hope is the Thing with Feathers

Heather Perluzzo, Wild Flower

“All five candidates for this year’s MPPIA Short Film Award delivered strong pitches for worthy projects,” said Jury Chair Francis Luta.”

“Heather Perluzzo stood out from the field with an exceptional pitch demonstrating an honest and multi-layered story with a strong visual package.  Heather showed she is ready to take the next step in her directing career and we look forward to seeing her film premier at the 2020 Whistler Film Festival,” Luta added.

Now in its 12th cycle, 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 prize.

The MPPIA Short Film Award winner receives a $15,000 cash award plus in-kind production support resources worth up to $100,000 for her/his short film project to be completed within one year of receiving the Award. The completed project will premiere at the 2020 Whistler Film Festival.

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 plays a leadership role in offering professional and project development programs for filmmakers.

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.