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Choose the Genre.  Pitch the Story.  Make the Film.

Are you mighty? Take the Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon challenge: make an 8-minute short film in 10 days. Think it’s easy? Find out More.


 It is down to the “Final Four”. Who will win the Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon challenge? Find out which teams will get the top adjudicated prizes. To celebrate MAMM 10, we will also be screening the previous 9 MAMM winners and you can help us select the “Best of the Best” people’s choice award at the Awards Screening Gala.

Congratulate your favourite teams in person at the after party.

Event details:

  • Saturday, August 23, 2014
  • Start time: 8:00 PM
  • Box Office open / Check in:  7:30 PM
  • Screening at Cineplex Odeon International Village, 88 West Pender, Vancouver, BC
  • Advance tickets (online): $15  (Online ticket sales will close at 3:00 pm on Aug.23)
  • Rush tickets at the door (if still available): $18
  • Ticket price includes Awards Screening, VAFF Membership Fee and after party
  • All tickets are non-refundable.
  • After party – Clough Club, 212 Abbott St, Vancouver, BC

NOTE: Tickets are $15 ($18 at the door) which include awards screening and after party. There is no guaranteed entrance to the after party once venue capacity has been reached, even with a ticket. There is NO partial refund, if you do not get into the after party. Sorry, no reservations.

The after party event is 19 and over. Any Ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 19 years of age will not be admitted to the after party event, and will not be eligible for a refund.

These films have not been rated by the Provincial classifiers; only VAFF members will be allowed into this screening. 2014/15 Membership fee is included in the ticket price (expires July 31/2015).  Please click on Membership and fill out the 2014/15 VAFF membership form.

Here’s MAMM10 behind the scenes promo:

Learn more about the MAMM10 finalists and previous 9 MAMM winners.


VAFF and MAMM10 thank our generous sponsors:

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About Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon (MAMM)

The MAMM is the VAFF’s premier annual short filmmaking contest. Its purpose is to foster emerging filmmakers and offer them both an educational, training experience, as well as an opportunity to showcase their work to potential distributors and new audiences. The contest has a BC and diversity angle: participating team members must be BC residents, at least two key creative team members must be visible minorities, and at least one lead actor or subject in the final submitted film must be of Asian or mixed Asian/Hapa heritage. The contest started as primarily a dramatic narrative contest, but has expanded in recent years to include a documentary filmmaking contest as well – currently the only one in Vancouver.

The MAMM was founded ten years ago, on the premise that aspiring independent Asian Canadian filmmakers were just as capable as aspiring mainstream independent filmmakers, and to break the then-prevalent stereotype that Asian Canadians had no interest in filmmaking. VAFF felt a seven-day filmmaking contest event incorporating “fun” elements like fortune cookie fortunes, and randomly selected locations, would encourage and foster filmmaking interest in the local Asian
Canadian community.

Since inception, the independent filmmaking landscape of Metro Vancouver and BC has changed to organically include many more Asian Canadians both in front of and behind the camera, working professionally or at a semi-professional level in the commercial and independent film, TV and video industry, as well as attending film schools and performance art schools across the province. There are now also many more filmmaking contests throughout the year, many of which have strong mainstream industry and creative community support. The MAMM has also changed its objective from one of merely providing a “fun” opportunity to make a film, to providing a serious opportunity for emerging filmmakers to make a quality short film that will be distributed at film festivals, or through cable networks or online media – by expanding to a 10-day contest, adding a documentary category,  incorporating an adjudicated pitch session, and doing away with the compulsory “fun” elements to provide filmmakers with more creative freedom.