MPPIA Short Film Award Pitch Candidates Announced, Pitches at 2022 WFF Dec. 3

November 10, 2022
Posted by: Leslie Wootton

For Immediate Release                                                                                                   November 10, 2022

2022/23 MPPIA Short Film Award Pitch Candidates Announced

MPPIA Reboots Live Pitch Competition at the 2022 Whistler Film Festival  

Vancouver, BC – The Motion Picture Production Industry Association of British Columbia (MPPIA), Creative BC and the Whistler Film Festival are pleased to present the 14th edition of the MPPIA Short Film Award Pitch at the 22nd Whistler Film Festival (Nov. 30 – Dec. 4):

Saturday, December 3rd, 9:30 am – 11:30 am,

Maury Young Arts Centre, Whistler (4335 Blackcomb Way)

An annual highlight on the Whistler Film Festival calendar (paused in 2020/21), this 14th cycle of the MPPIA Short Film pitch returns in 2022, 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:

Dougie Dog, Director Tabatha Golat,

Enty Benty, Jonathan Chuby

My Roommate Ahriman, Nessa Aref

Parabola, Director Stephanie Izsak

Sorry For Your Cost, Rosie Choo Pidcock

The successful candidate receives a $10,000 cash award from MPPIA, and 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 2023 Whistler Film Festival.

This year, MPPIA Short Film collaborators are pleased to present an encore screening of 2019 winner Heather Perluzzo’s Wildflower.  This filmmaking team completed filming on their pitched project in 2020, navigating the additional challenges of the public health crisis that unfolded throughout 2020-21.  Wildflower premiered at the 2021 hybrid edition of the Whistler Film Festival.

The MPPIA Short Film Award provides one filmmaker with an opportunity to further develop his/her/their 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 MPPIA Short Film Award was also 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 from Nov. 30 – Dec. 4.

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                                 MathewParry/Julie Stangeland                                                   

MPPIA Communications                   Program Managers, MPPIA Short Film Award

Motion Picture Production               Creative BC         

Industry Association of BC                604.736.7997

604.837.5829                           /                        

Abbie Sheldon/Simon Moffatt

Whistler Film Festival /