VAFF’s Mightiest Short Film Competition Returns With a Unique Twist
The Vancouver Film Festival (VAFF) is proud to bring back the Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon (MAMM) for its 16th year. The short filmmaking competition is open to participants from all across Canada (Canadian or Permanent Residents can lead a team from anywhere!).
MAMM is Vancouver’s only annual short filmmaking competition with a specific focus on diversity. The competition will award $500 to 8 teams in order to make their MAMM short, as well as in-kind support for the production.
For this competition MAMM will have 2 categories: 10-minute shorts and one-minute ultra shorts. The one-minute Ultra Shorts category will also go through an adjudication process based on a written pitch. Uniquely, you must respond to this year’s creative element: Past, Present and Possibilities.
Please note: Film production must follow WorkSafeBC health & safety protocols strictly, and each team must come up with their own COVID-19 Safety Plan for their teams with the help of the MAMM producing team.
This year’s MAMM’s director, Lynne Lee and creative producers are Mayumi Yoshida, Joshua Lam, Nach Dudsdeemaytha, Regina Leung, and Arnold Lim. This powerhouse team includes highly knowledgeable industry professionals who have written, produced, directed, and acted in various film projects.
There will also be a continuation of the successful MAMMentorship program from the previous years. The program is a series of one-on-one mentorship as well as group workshops via Zoom. These workshops will provide guidance from industry professionals. All completed films will receive a screening at the MAMM16 screening event, as well as at VAFF 2021 in November. Final films will be adjudicated by a panel of elite MAMM16 producers, and the top films in each category are chosen to win cash and in-kind prizes!
Online registration and information for MAMM is now live! The registration fee is $35 per team for the 10-minute Shorts category and $10 per team for the one-minute Ultra Shorts category. Registration is from May 30 to June 30, 2021. The 10-day film production / post-production runs from August 6 to August 15, 2021.
The top films are selected by the judging panel, and the winners of the Fan Choice Award will be announced at the premiere & awards presentation event on August 28, 2021, before being screened at the 25th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival, November 4-14 2021.
About the Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon (MAMM)
MAMM is VAFF’s annual short film-making competition celebrating its 16th year of supporting, fostering and showcasing emerging Asian and mixed Asian filmmakers. Over 120 MAMM films have been completed through this competition, giving many emerging filmmakers their first “calling card” film and mid-level filmmakers an opportunity to build their filmography. Many of these films have gone on to be screened at other festivals around the world and have won many awards.
CHOOSE THE GENRE.
PITCH THE STORY.
MAKE THE FILM.
Sara Cortes is a content and copywriter at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. She works for the Department of Immigration as an acting case analyst after graduating from UBC Economics. Her passion for Asian representation in the arts led her to join the VAFF team. Having worked in communication, journalism, events, IT, and design, Sara loves to dabble and learn a bit of everything!