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MPPIA Short Film Award Launch Event

Whistler Film Festival Society

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)

Vancouver, British Columbia

MPPIA Short Film Award Launch Event

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MPPIA Short Film Award Launch Event

Join Us to Celebrate the 6th Annual Edition


Tuesday, November 6

Reception: 6:00pm-7:00pm I Event 7:00pm-8:30pm 

The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway), Vancouver


The Whistler Film Festival is pleased to announce the 2012/13 MPPIA Short Film Award Event Launch, a partnership initiative of Motion Picture Production Industry Association of British Columbia (MPPIA), British Columbia Film + Media and the Whistler Film Festival.


BC industry and emerging filmmakers are invited to a networking reception, screening of the four winning films completed from 2008 to 2011 and the trailer of the 2012 winner, as well as the official announcement of the five 2012 short-listed candidates.


Door prizes include ‘sponsored’ industry services and an Industry Pass to participate in the 2012 Whistler Film Festival + Summit taking place November 28 to December 2. Net proceeds raised by the event will support the MPPIA Short Film Award at WFF.


Tickets are $20 per person. 

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MPPIA Short Film Award Winners 2008 - 2012:


 2012: Beauty Mark

Director: Mark Ratzlaff

Producer: Nimisha Mukerji, Daniel Domachowski

Trailer to Be Screened

Synopsis: Annabelle is an 8 year old beauty-star whose looking to get out of the business. Her mother has always been her biggest fan, but recently she's become her biggest obstacle. Longing for a normal childhood, Annabelle is forced to take drastic measures to become a little girl.


2011: Joanna Makes A Friend

Director: Jeremy Lutter           

Producer: Talitha Cummins, Robin Chan & Kate Green

RUN TIME: 16 mins

Synopsis: A young girl, Joanna, is ostracized from kids at school. Lonely, she retreats into the books of HP Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe. Her imagination then comes to life, when Joanna builds herself a robot friend from the odds and ends in her father's garage. Instantly popular, she learns that even those you love the most can turn their backs. This gothic and stylized film explores the desire for love and acceptance we all share.


2010: Move Out Clean

Director: Kelly-Ruth Mercier

Producer: Robyn Wiener

RUN TIME: 12 mins

Synopsis: Jake, a blocked artist, has the Herculean job of completing the "move out clean." He's hoping to win his girlfriend back but what he doesn't realize is that he's the one responsible for the break-up. In the end, he destroys his "old self" in a fantastical showdown between the Man He Was and the Man He Can Be.


2009: The Gray Matter

Director: Steven Denault

Producer: Tovah Paglaro, Samantha Jo Simmonds

RUN TIME: 20 min

Synopsis: The renowned Pianist Harland Clark abandoned his music only to be haunted by the very tragedy he was seeking to avoid. Now in his twilight, he must find the courage to face the dreams and memories of a life left behind. An imaginative drama set in an alternate history Victorian Era.


2008: The Light of Family Burnam

Director: Marshall Axani

Producer: Doug Kerr

RUN TIME: 20 mins

Synopsis: A father must learn to embrace the lighter side of death in order to fully enjoy the time he has left with his terminally ill 10-year-old son.

Have questions about MPPIA Short Film Award Launch Event ? Contact Whistler Film Festival Society

When & Where

The Rio Theatre
1660 East Broadway
Vancouver, British Columbia

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)

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Whistler Film Festival Society

The Whistler Film Festival Society is a charitable cultural 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 project development programs and opportunities for filmmakers and youth.

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