The Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon (MAMM) celebrates its 12th year during Summer of 2017 of supporting and showcasing emerging local filmmakers with a bigger national competition. MAMM 12 awards screening + after party event will be on end of August, 2017. MAMM 12 Information and Contest details will be announcing on June 1, 2017

About Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon (MAMM)

Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon (MAMM) is VAFF's premier annual short filmmaking contest. Its purpose is to foster emerging filmmakers and offer them both an educational experience as well as an opportunity to showcase their work to audiences and potential distributors.

Founded 10 years ago, the competition has evolved from a 7-day competition, primarily using the dramatic narrative format where fun elements such as fortune cookie fortunes were incorporated into storylines; MAMM has now expanded to a 10-day contest, with an adjudicated pitch session, and added documentary category - the only short film competition with this genre in Vancouver.

The then-prevalent stereotype was that Asian Canadians had no interest in filmmaking. Fortunately, the independent filmmaking landscape of Metro Vancouver and BC has changed in the last 10 years, including many more Asian Canadians both in front of and behind the camera, working professionally in the commercial, independent film, TV and video industry. MAMM and VAFF are proud to have been integral in this change in the film and media landscape.

Watch the highlights of MAMM 11 Awards Screening Gala.


Previous Year - MAMM 11 information:

It is down to the "MAGNIFICENT SEVEN". Who will win the Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon challenge? Find out which teams will get the top adjudicated prizes. To celebrate MAMM 11, we will be screening the TOP SEVEN MAMM Finalists and you can help us select the "Fan’s choice award” (overall short and overall performance) at the Awards Screening Gala on September 1, 2016. Congratulate your favourite teams in person at the after party.

Information Package

MAMM 11 Information Package The registration is now closed. Questions regarding your submissions can be emailed to

Key Dates

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 — 9:00 pm PST
Registration and Payment Deadline
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 — 9:00 pm PST
Video Pitch Submission Deadline
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 — 9:00 pm PST
Video Pitch Adjudication Results Provided
Thursday, August 4, 2016 — 9:00 pm PST
Script Submission Deadline
Thursday, August 4, 2016 — 9:00 pm PST
Creative Element Provided
Friday, August 5, 2016 — 12:00 am PST
Monday, August 15, 2016 — 9:00 pm PST
Film Production/Post Production Duration
Monday, August 15, 2016 — 9:00 pm PST
Film Submission Deadline


  • Non-refundable registration fee of $50 per team.
  • Contest registration remains open until the maximum number of teams (30 registrations/video pitches received) is reached, after which registration will be closed.
  • Registration is now closed.

MAMM 11 Judges

MAMM 11 Prizes and Promotion

  • VAFF will contact the team leads of the finalists' video pitches, to arrange for behind the scenes filming during their production period.
  • VAFF will provide digital and print promotion for all of the finalists.
  • All of the finalists' shorts will be showcased at the MAMM Awards Screening Gala.
  • $5,000 Cash prize and industry in-kind prizes to the top 2 winning shorts and in-kind prize to the Fans Choice Award.
  • Top 2 winning shorts will be showcased at the 20th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival, November 2016.

MAMM 11 Partners and Sponsors


MAMM trophy and cash prize sponsored by Annual Exclusive Title Sponsor: National Bank

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