Volume 9. Issue 6. July 2018

Less than 2 weeks left to register for MAMM 13: Over $10,000 in Cash and In-Kind Prizes!

The clock is ticking down for submissions to the Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon (MAMM) 's 13th annual competition supporting and showcasing emerging local filmmakers! Gather your team and enter either the 10 minute short film category with your video pitch, or the 1-minute ultra-short category (now accepting VR submissions!).

Remember, those who purchased tickets to VAFF Industry Insight Panel Series: Diversity in Filmmaking receive a discount to their MAMM 13 registration fee to the value of their ticket price! Email us at or to receive your special discount code!

This year, we will be introducing the new MAMMentorship program for teams whose video pitches are selected to advance, featuring one-on-one mentorship between selected teams with industry professionals!

Registration is from June 9, 2018 - July 13, 2018.
MAMMentorship Program: July 24 - August 12, 2018
Film Production/Post Production: August 12 - 21, 2018

Find out more and REGISTER NOW!


From July to October 2018 VAFF will be running the “What’s Your INFUSIAN?” contest! During this period, watch our Instagram account for photos of our favorite VAFF team-selected and public submitted Asian INFUSIANS!

What qualifies for an Asian INFUSIAN? Basically: an artist, artwork, musician/band, business, restaurant, public or private figure/personality/celebrity, filmmaker, community, or place which authentically blends an Asian influence with other influences (such as modern technology, pop culture, other cultural influences, social causes, or other diverse inspirations) to create something new and vibrant.

If you're able to name the INFUSIAN correctly, then you will be entered in a draw to win a pair of tickets to our annual festival, November 1-4, 2018 at the Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas! What’s more, you may submit your own photos that may be selected to be featured! By submitting your photo, you will be entered into a draw during October 2018 to win a Festival Pass (entrants are not eligible to guess the name of their own photo) at our November festival!

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Thinking Further About Diversity in Filmmaking

On June 16 2018, the Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) launched its thirteenth annual Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon (MAMM) competition with a special VAFF Industry Insight Panel Series event, Diversity in Filmmaking, the first of its kind to happen outside of VAFF’s regular festival programming in November. Taking place at the Museum of Vancouver, over 100 individuals attended the event to learn and share more about how people of colour are impacting various aspects of filmmaking.

Justin Kwan, the Digital Content Editor at VAFF, gives us a rundown of the exciting discussions that happened at Diversity in Filmmaking, with an album of photos from the event!

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We'd like to ask you all for your help to let us know how we did and send us suggestions for future events by providing some feedback on our event through our Post-Event Survey!

What's more, for everyone who fills out the survey by July 15th, you will be entered to win a pair of tickets to our September gala screening of the Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon winners!

Please fill in our survey here:


Community Partners Events

The Rio Theatre continues its top-notch lineup of programming with a full slate of Asian cinema this month, starting with 2017's hit anime Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? from the Producer of Your Name, Genki Kawamura this week on July 5th and 8th. Also this weekend, is an encore showing of anime classic AKIRA on Saturday July 7th! Later in the month, don't miss kung-fu classic Five Deadly Venoms (40th Anniversary Remaster!) on Friday July 20th.

Tickets available at

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Less than 24h remains!

Documentarians, this is your time to shine. TELUS STORYHIVE is looking for real-life stories (15-20 minutes) that take us into compelling places and showcase the diversity of western Canada. Show us your vision and talent for your chance at $50,000 in production funding. 

Along with funding, STORYHIVE offers a safe space where creators can hone their skills and take risks; defy expectations; and bring the projects they care about to life.

Visit and apply before July 3, 2018. 
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