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.

It is down to the “ELECTRIC EIGHT”! Who will win the MAMM12 challenge? Find out which teams will get the top adjudicated prizes. To celebrate MAMM12, we will be screening the MAMM12 finalists and you can help us select the "Fan’s Choice Award” (overall short and overall performance) at the screening event on Sept 9, 2017 at Vancouver Playhouse. Congratulate your favourite teams in person at the after party.

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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 highlight of MAMM 11 Awards Screening Gala.


Contest Information

There will be two categories in this year's short filmmaking competition. It will be either an 8 minutes short category or a 1 minute ultra short category

Read MAMM 12 Information Package for the submission details and eligibility in both categories. The registration is open from July 6 - July 26, 2017. Questions regarding your submissions can be emailed to .


Key Dates

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 — 9:00 pm PST
Registration and Payment Deadline
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 — 9:00 pm PST
Video Pitch Submission Deadline
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 — 9:00 pm PST
Video Pitch Adjudication Results Provided
Friday, August 4, 2017 — 9:00 pm PST
Script Submission Deadline
Friday, August 4, 2017 — 9:00 pm PST
Creative Element Provided
Saturday, August 5, 2017 — 12:00 am PST
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 — 9:00 pm PST
Film Production/Post Production Duration
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 — 9:00 pm PST
Film Submission Deadline



  • Non-refundable registration fee of $50 per team for 8 minutes short category and $10 per team for 1 minute ultra short category.
  • Registration is from July 6, 2017 - July 26, 2017.
  • Video Pitch Submission would not apply to the entry for 1 minute short category.
  • 8 minutes short category registration closed
  • 1 minute ultra short categoty registration closed

MAMM 12 Judges

MAMM 12 Prizes and Promotion

  • VAFF will contact team leads to arrange for behind the scenes (BTS) filming during their production period.
  • VAFF will provide digital and print promotion for the competing teams.
  • Cash prize and industry in-kind prizes to the TOP TWO winning 8 minute shorts, TOP adjudicated winning 1 minute ultra shorts, and in-kind prizes to the Fans Choice Award winners.
  • The TOP TWO adjudicated winning 8 minute shorts and TOP adjudicated winning 1 minute ultra shorts, as well as the Fans Choice Award winners will be announced and awarded at the MAMM premiere and awards presentation - Sept 9, 2017 and will be showcased at the 21st Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival, November 2-5, 2017.
  • Distribution for the winning shorts may be available through VAFF media partners.

MAMM 12 Partners and Sponsors


NOVUS TV and LNG Studios

InFocus Film School

Pacific Backlot

Dahong Pilipino

Community Partners

East Van Showcase | Raindance Vancouver |

Vancouver Queer Film Festival | Vancouver Short Film Festival | Woman in Film And TV

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