VANCOUVER, BC – July 28, 2020 – The Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) is proud to announce the teams for this year’s Mighty Asian Movie Making Marathon 15 (MAMM 15). This year, MAMM will have one category, a 5-minute short film category. There will be 10 teams participating in this year’s category.
The official teams for the 5-minute short category (in no particular order) are:
- Team I’m Like My Country – Team Leader: Abigail Krishna Padilla
- Team GAJA – Team Leader: Andrea Nirmala Widjajanto
- Team-DUB – Team Leader: Anthony Lee
- Team Rabbit Foot – Team Leader: Jon Chiang
- Team Tsinelas – Team Leader: Joshua Ariesi
- Team Small Biters – Team Leader: Lissa Neptuno
- Team Be The Duck – Team Leader: Moheb Jindran
- Team Lychee – Team Leader: Sabrina Dang
- Team Hanabi – Team Leader: Shiun Okada
- Team On The Scene– Team Leader: Yvonne Chapman
The selected teams will have the chance to attend the MAMMMentorship Workshops on July 25 – 26, where all of the teams will be given the opportunity to participate in different workshops that will prepare them for production in the following weeks.
The judges who will choose the winners all come from very diverse film backgrounds. First we have Arnold Lim, an award-winning Korean-Canadian filmmaker who has won Telefilm’s Talent to Watch twice, for directing in his first feature All-in Madonna (2020) and for producing his web series Best Friend Me (2021). In addition to being a juror or programmer for the Victoria and Vancouver Asian Film Festival, he also produced and directed narrative, commercial and documentary films, screened at film festivals around the world including the Cannes Film Festival through Telefilm’s Not Short on Talent, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and many more.
Second is Jennifer Liao is a Toronto-based filmmaker who made her directorial debut with the supernatural dark comedy End of Days, Inc. and wrote and directed the OMNI TV crime drama Blood and Water, nominated for Best Drama Series at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards. She is currently in post-production on the feature thriller Grandma Dearest. Her short films as a director, writer, and/or producer have screened at festivals worldwide, and have been broadcast on CBC, Bravo!, and Air Canada. Jennifer previously produced the feature film Sex After Kids, wrote for the social media storytelling project Crushing It! A Social Media Love Story and was a TIFF Writers’ Studio participant in 2018/19.
Lastly, we have Warren P. Sonoda, award-winning filmmaker known for directing his features Coopers’ Camera, Swearnet: The Movie, 5ive Girls, Ham & Cheese, the iconic TV shows Trailer Park Boys, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Murdoch Mysteries. He’s received over 40 national and international award nominations including a 2019 BAFTA Award win for Odd Squad (2019), two Best Directing Daytime Emmy Nominations for Odd Squad (2018, 2017), a 2015 DGC Best Directing Nomination for Trailer Park Boys, 4 MuchMusic Video Award wins, 2 CCMA wins and also received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canadian cinema, knocked Martin Scorsese out of the Guinness Book of World Records, and was the first person of color and youngest DGC member elected as the Directors Guild of Canada’s National Director Division Chair, representing DGC Directors from coast to coast.
About the Mighty Asian Movie Making Marathon (MAMM)
MAMM, now on its 15th year, is the premier short filmmaking competition by the Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF). MAMM offers a platform for filmmakers to showcase their talents to both moviegoers and potential distributors alike. The competition lasts for 3 weeks wherein contestants use this time to produce their short films. MAMM does not only provide opportunities for filmmakers, but provides great experience throughout the process as well.
About the Vancouver Asian Film Festival
The Vancouver Asian Film Festival Society (VAFF) is a not-for-profit organization that celebrates diversity in film. The longest-running Canadian film festival of its kind, VAFF was founded by independent filmmaker and writer Barbara K. Lee in 1995 and debuted in September 1997. VAFF is entirely organized and produced by a group of dedicated volunteers, and is made possible by generous financial support from corporate sponsors, public funders and private donors. Organizers are expecting close to 4,000 audience members over the four-day festival. Now on its 24th year, this four day festival incorporates the theme of “What’s Your 20?”, which challenges filmmakers to tell us where they are at, and what they see from that vantage point, especially amidst the on-going global crisis and social movement.
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