MAMM 9 Contest Details

Friday May 10, 2013

Choose the genre. Pitch the story. Shoot the film.

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REGISTRATION FOR MAMM 9 IS NOW CLOSED. GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE TEAMS! What’s the full list of prizes? What’s with “The Eight Ball Prize”? Who’s on the judging panel? Who’s in MAMM 9 and what are the creative elements? Check back for updates, and for information on the MAMM 9 crowdfunding campaign launching soon!

MAMM 2013 Information Package

  1. Registration & Payment
  2. Eligibility
  3. Rules & Regulations
  4. Narrative Genres
  5. Documentary Genres
  6. Creative Elements
  7. Pitch Session & Script
  8. Copyright
  9. Mandatory Logo
  10. Visible Minority Groups
  11. UBCP Member Requirements
  12. Prizes – tbd


    - Wednesday, July 17, 2013 – 6:00pm PST
  2. FEE
    - Non-refundable registration fee of $50.00 per team
    - Fee must be submitted with registration by Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 6:00pm PST
    Online registration and payment via PayPal. Registrants must set up a PayPal account to register.
    - Each team must designate a leader who will be the main representative for all communications between the team and the MAMM / VAFF organizers and to accept any awards on behalf of their team.
    - Registration will be granted to the first 8 teams that apply per category (maximum of 16 teams total for both categories combined), in the order applications are received online.
    - Additional teams that register will be placed on a Wait List. Wait List teams that do not enter the competition will be refunded their entry fee.



  1. Competition is open to British Columbia residents.
  2. Films must be produced in their entirety in British Columbia.
  3. A maximum of 16 teams total, 8 teams per category (narrative fiction or documentary), each up to a maximum of 10 members per team, is allowed to compete. In addition to the team members, any number of performers/subjects may be used in the film.
  4. Each team may designate up to a maximum of 5 members as “key creative members,” i.e. Writer(s), Director(s), Director of Photography/Camera Operator(s), and Producer(s). Each designated key creative team member may hold more than one key creative position.
  5. Of the key creative members, at least one must be from a visible minority (see below) and at least one must be of Asian/mixed Asian heritage.
  6. The key creative members must participate on only one MAMM film and be a member on only one MAMM team.
  7. At least one lead actor/subject appearing in the final submitted film must be of Asian/mixed Asian heritage. Any submitted film that does not have at least one lead actor/subject of Asian heritage/mixed Asian heritage is disqualified from competition and will not be screened at the MAMM gala screening event.
  8. Teams must supply their own equipment and materials.
  9. Executive members of VAFF are ineligible to participate.
  10. Submitted films must not contain subject matter that contravenes the Criminal Code of Canada, such as explicit sexual or hate content.



  1. Up to three designated key creative team members *must attend the adjudicated pitch session on July 20, 2013*, between 12:00pm and 6:00pm PST at the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. head office, 28 West Pender Street, Vancouver. Teams that do not attend the pitch session will be disqualified.
  2. Submitted films must have a narrative fiction or documentary structure. Films with a music video or purely experimental structure will be disqualified and will not be screened/aired.
  3. Submitted films must not significantly deviate from the one page outline/synopsis pitched during the pitch session on July 20, 2013. Submitted films that the adjudication panel rules are substantially different from the pitched outline will be disqualified from competition and will not be screened/aired.
  4. Submitted films must conform to the genre/genre combination specified in the team registration form. Submitted films that do not conform to the declared genre will forfeit a percentage of the final score.
  5. Submitted films must incorporate a “creative element” provided to each team by MAMM after registration closing date of July 17, 2013. The “creative element” may be incorporated in any way and must be mentioned in the team pitch session for a percentage of the final score. Submitted films that do not incorporate the “creative element” as stated in the team registration and on the Final Receipt Form, will be disqualified and will not be screened/aired.
  6. Primary production (90% of creative activity) for all films must take place within the contest duration, between July 20, 2013 and 31, 2013.
  7. All teams are responsible for securing their own cast, crew, budgets, locations, permits, equipment, transportation, production facilities, copyright clearances, insurance, health and safety, completion, and for submitting the completed film by the submission deadline.
  8. All music and lyrics used in a film must be either original, used with permission, and/or copyrights-cleared. Stock footage and stills are permitted but cannot account for more than half of the footage used. Participants must have all rights to the stock footage/stills and include a release that states this.
  9. Submitted narrative fiction films must be no longer than 8 minutes and a minimum of 6 minutes in length, including titles and credits. Submitted documentary films must be no longer than 5 minutes and a minimum of 3 minutes in length, including titles and credits.
  10. Each team may have a maximum of 10 crew/key creative members, but any number of actors and extras.
  11. Films must be NTSC compliant, submitted on a USB Flash Drive or data DVD as a self-contained Quicktime file (with no proprietary codecs except those listed below), in the REQUIRED format of MPEG-4 (.mp4, .mov, .m4v). with the following specifications:
    - RENDERED in H.264/AVC compression. SHOT in 24p (progressive, 23.98 fps). EDITED and OUTPUT in HD: 1080p (1920×1080) or 720p (1080×720). AUDIO recorded at 48 kHz.
  12. Teams may use any camera(s) to shoot their film but must deliver finished films in the above format and specifications. MAMM reserves the right to convert the submissions in order to conform to the Gala Screening format requirements.
  13. The VAFF logo must appear in the end credits. Logo provided for download on online registration page.
  14. Films must be submitted in person, by the team leader or a designated team member, between 6:00pm. and 9:00pm. PST on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. head office, 28 West Pender Street, Vancouver, or the film will be disqualified.
  15. The MAMM premier screening, awards presentation and afterparty will be on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at Cineplex Odeon International Village. Further details TBA.



Source: John Truby (
Pick-Your-Genre quiz














Source: International Documentary Challenge















  1. Registered teams will be given a specific time slot for their pitch session (after registration) which will take place on July 20, 2013 between 12:00pm and 6:00pm PST, location TBA.
  2. The pitch is a concise verbal and/or visual presentation of each team’s idea for their proposed film, made in person to a panel of judges by the team leader and designated key creative team members.
  3. Each team must be represented by the *at least two key creative team positions, e.g. Director, DoP, Editor, Writer, Producer.* If a team has a key creative team member with one or more roles, i.e. a DoP/Director, then that is considered two key creative positions and it is possible for that one member to attend the pitch and fulfill the attendance requirement—or for the Team Leader, if also fulfilling two other key creative positions, to attend the pitch alone and fulfill the attendance requirement.
  4. The pitch must be no longer than ten minutes, including setup time.
  5. The pitch must describe the premise, “hook” and essential beats/plot points of the story, and should include short descriptions of the principal characters and a clear idea of the genre/genre combination, tone, pacing, and target audience/market of the proposed film, as well as how you intend to incorporate the chosen creative element.
  6. Each team must bring four copies*of a one-page outline or synopsis of the proposed film, either in point form or as a narrative paragraph.
  7. The judges may ask the team leader and key creative members questions about any part of their pitch, including incorporation of their chosen creative element, and the answers will count toward the team’s final score.
  8. The pitch session counts toward a significant percentage of the final score, reflecting its importance in the film industry as a primary method for filmmakers to attract or secure development financing for a screenplay to be written, or for a film to be produced.
  9. The script counts toward a significant percentage of the final score, reflecting its importance to the effectiveness of any film with a strong narrative structure.



  1. Logos, trademarks, trademark names are not permitted in the films without submitting written permission by the owners for their use to the VAFF office by the film submission deadline of July 31, 2013.
  2. Copyrighted music and songs must be accompanied by written permission by the songwriter, band, or rights owners for use in the film. These documents will be collected on the submission deadline of July 31, 2013.
  3. It is understood that the filmmakers allow the Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon and the Vancouver Asian Film Festival the right to use all submitted films in their entirety for promotional and fundraising purposes, including use of clips and images on the website, at events, in advertising, fundraising and sponsorship materials and activities, and any media outlets.
  4. Rights to the submitted films remain with the filmmaker(s).



The VAFF logo must appear in the end credits. The versions of the VAFF logos you will receive will be the following formats:

  1. For DV (either in standard or anamorphic/widescreen:
    - Standard aspect ratio (filename: 1a_VAFF_DV_STANDARD.PNG)
    - Widescreen aspect ratio (filename: 1b_VAFF_DV_ANAMORPHIC.PNG)
  2. For HDV in 1080p or DVCPRO HD (720p):
    - Utilize the image with the filename: 2_VAFF_HDV1080_DVCPROHD720.PNG
  3. For DVCPRO HD (shot in 1080p):
    - Utilize the image with the filename: 3_VAFF_DVCPROHD_1080.PNG



  1. Members of visible minorities in Canada include: Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, South East Asian (e.g. Cambodian, Indonesian, Laotian, Vietnamese), South Asian (e.g. Punjabi, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi, Pakistani), Black (e.g. African, Haitian, Jamaican, Somali), Arab (e.g. Armenian, Egyptian, Iranian, Lebanese, Moroccan), Latin American, and other (an other non-white racial group not identified). Source: Employment Equity Act



  1. UBCP (Union of BC Performers) will not provide performer waivers for MAMM-related films.
  2. Teams wishing to use UBCP performers in their film must abide by the UBCP performer payment regulations and application deadline for ultra-low budget films.
  3. Teams must apply for and qualify for their 20/20 Ultra Low Budget Agreement at least two weeks (10 business days) prior to principal photography and agree to pay UBCP performers a minimum daily payment (UBCP Low Budget Programs).
  4. IMPORTANT: If the film uses even ONE performer who is a UBCP member, then ALL performers on the film must be paid according to the UBCP performer payment regulations, regardless of whether they are UBCP full members/apprentice members, or not.


If you have any questions, please forward them to: MAMM Executive Producer, Grace Chin