Emerging BC Director Alayna Silverberg Takes 2018 MPPIA Short Film Award in Tight Competition

December 5, 2018
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 Alayna Silverberg on her winning pitch for short film project B-Side.

Directors Guild of Canada BC Executive Director Kendrie Upton moderated a jury of filmmaking professionals: Director Zach Lipovsky; Producer/Director Nimisha Mukerji; and Writer/Director Angie Nolan. The jury heard and provided feedback on project pitches from five emerging directors:



Andy Alvarez, Almost
Hayley Gray, Alligator
Sunny Mohajer, Ataraxia
Jay Cardinal Villeneuve, Gods & Devils
Alayna Silverberg, B-Side

?All five candidates for this year’s MPPIA Short Film Award delivered strong pitches for worthy projects,? said Jury Chair Nimisha Mukerji. ?In her pitch for the heartfelt coming of age story B-Side, Alayna demonstrated that she is ready to maximize this valuable filmmaking opportunity we look forward to seeing this emerging directors work on B-Side when it premieres at next years Festival,? Mukerji 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 BCs 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 2019 Whistler Film Festival, taking place Nov. 27 Dec 1, 2019.

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 BCs creative sector. The agency has a mandate to support and strengthen BCs 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 Canadas leading film festivals and plays a leadership role in offering professional and project development programs for filmmakers. The 2019 Whistler Film Festival runs December 4 December 8, 2019.

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 Director of Communications
Motion Picture Production
Industry Association of BC

Erika Kumar
Program Manager, MPPIA Short Film Award
Creative BC

Lindsay Nahmiache
Whistler Film Festival 604.889.7996