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About Carol Whiteman

Best known as the producer and co-creator of the internationally respected Women In the Director's Chair (WIDC) program, Carol’s passion for creating space for authentic creative voice to thrive has been recognized by two Governor General’s award nominations and multiple awards for promoting women’s equality in Canada’s screen industry including WIFT Toronto’s Crystal Award for Mentorship and WIFT Vancouver’s Woman of the Year. A respected moderator and facilitator, with over twenty years experience, Carol has presented at international conferences and women's film festivals in Canada, New Zealand and Israel. Carol is completing her doctorate in Transformational Change at Simon Fraser University. One of her papers on 'A space for confidence: Exploring WIDC' was published in the book "About Directing" edited by Anna Migliarisi (2014).

Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) Announces Eight Director Participants For Story & Leadership Program to take place at the Whistler Film Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 8, 2017 (Vancouver BC) Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) organizers are pleased to announce the eight Canadian women directors who will attend the highly acclaimed script development and director mentoring program WIDC: Story & Leadership, that takes place in part at the Whistler Film Festival (November 29 to December 3). Developing their second fiction feature films are Sonia Bonspille Boileau (Rustic Oracle), Jessica Bradford (Finn McKain and the Lost Toad), and Elizabeth Lazebnik (Hannah). Working on their debut fiction features are multiple doc maker crossing over to drama, Shannon Walsh (Unidentified Minor), TV [...]

By | 2017-11-08T09:13:10+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Categories: Media Release, Story & Leasdership, WIDC, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) Announces Eight Director Participants For Story & Leadership Program to take place at the Whistler Film Festival

WIDC Feature Film Award-winning Director Kathleen Hepburn Sweeps BC Spotlight Gala at VIFF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 2017: On the heels of sold out screenings at its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and at home at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Kathleen Hepburn and her debut feature, Never Steady, Never Still swept VIFF’s Spotlight on BC Awards winning three top awards of the night. Presented by TELUS, the Sea to Sky Award recognizes Hepburn’s outstanding work as a female key creative on her BC-produced feature. The $20,000 prize money can be used for a future production or towards customized training that will further advance Hepburn’s career. Hepburn also won [...]

By | 2017-10-10T13:03:27+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Categories: Feature Film Award, Featured Voices, Media Release, WIDC, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on WIDC Feature Film Award-winning Director Kathleen Hepburn Sweeps BC Spotlight Gala at VIFF

WIDC Organizers to Deliver New TELUS STORYHIVE Career Accelerator For Emerging Content Creators in Prince George, BC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 20, 2017 (Vancouver, BC) – Organizers of the internationally respected Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) program are pleased to announce that they have been funded by TELUS STORYHIVE to deliver a new professional development offering for emerging content creators this summer. The Career Accelerator presented by Creative Women Workshops Association (CWWA), supported by STORYHIVE, is designed to enhance the capacity of up to 6 emerging Canadian British Columbia or Alberta-based writers, directors, and producers to advance and achieve their career and project goals, primarily in scripted production. In keeping with WIDC’s mandate to increase the [...]

By | 2017-07-21T06:58:43+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Categories: Career Advancement, Media Release, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on WIDC Organizers to Deliver New TELUS STORYHIVE Career Accelerator For Emerging Content Creators in Prince George, BC

Three Award-winning Directors Selected for WIDC Career Advancement in Toronto

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 31, 2017: WIDC organizers are pleased to announce the four women directors selected to partake in the next edition of the WIDC Career Advancement Module (CAM) slated to take place June 19  to 24, 2017 during the Toronto's Female Eye Film Festival which is celebrating its 15th anniversary. The CAM is specially designed to be a career accelerator by focusing on the directors individual career paths and using their upcoming screen projects as case studies as they develop pitch materials and plans to advance those projects. Developing their debut feature films are Toronto-based filmmakers [...]

By | 2017-11-03T13:19:39+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Categories: Career Advancement, Media Release, WIDC, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Three Award-winning Directors Selected for WIDC Career Advancement in Toronto

WIDC Launches Directory of 220 Women Directors across Canada: And Calls for Feature Film Award Submissions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Vancouver (May 22, 2017): As part of its 20th anniversary celebration and also in answer to the question, "Where are the women directors?", Canada's one of a kind national professional development initiative, Women In the Director's Chair (WIDC) has launched a new alumnae directory featuring the profiles of 220 Canadian women directors from coast to coast to coast who have attended WIDC programs since its inception in 1997. Among WIDC's stellar list of screen-helmers are Alison Reid whose 2016 episode of CBC's Heartland was the highest rated in the season; and Stephanie Morgenstern, co-creator of CTV's [...]

By | 2017-05-23T07:45:33+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Media Release, WIDC, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on WIDC Launches Directory of 220 Women Directors across Canada: And Calls for Feature Film Award Submissions

WIDC Announces Career Advancement Module Vancouver Director Participants: Supported with the participation of TELUS Optik Local

WIDC Announces Career Advancement Module Vancouver Director Participants: Supported with the participation of TELUS Optik Local FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 2017: Four western-based women directors have been selected to partake in the next edition of the WIDC Career Advancement Module (CAM) slated to take place March 7 to 12, 2017 during the Vancouver International Women In Film Festival. Aiming to generate career momentum while they develop pitch materials for their next screen projects are BC-based filmmakers Jessica Bradford whose short films have won CSA and Leo awards, doc filmmakers, Shannon Walsh and Brit Kewin, and Alberta-based filmmaker, Paige K. [...]

By | 2017-02-27T05:39:18+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Categories: Career Advancement, Media Release|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on WIDC Announces Career Advancement Module Vancouver Director Participants: Supported with the participation of TELUS Optik Local

WIDC Nominates alumnae Shelley Thompson and Winnifred Jong for Telefilm Canada MicroBudget Program

2017 Telefilm Canada MicroBudget Production Program Nominees FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: National, February, 2017 - The organizers of Canada's acclaimed Women In the Director's Chair (WIDC) program are delighted to announce that recent Story and Leadership alumnae Winnifred Jong  and Shelley Thompson have been nominated for consideration for the 2017 Telefilm MicroBudget Production program. Nominated with producer Lynn Matheson, writer/director Shelley Thompson's heartwarming dramatic feature film Dawn, Her Dad and the Tractor, tells the story of a young transgender woman who returns home to her Nova Scotia farming community after the death of her mom. Shocked by her transformation, Dawn's dad, [...]

By | 2017-04-03T11:14:56+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Categories: Media Release, Telefilm Canada MicroBudget Production Program, WIDC|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on WIDC Nominates alumnae Shelley Thompson and Winnifred Jong for Telefilm Canada MicroBudget Program

WIDC Feature Film SUCK IT UP Tapped for World Premiere at Slamdance Film Festival

Suck It Up: 1 of 5 Films, and only Canadian Film in the “Beyond” Program Facebook: www.facebook.com/suckitupmovie Twitter: www.twitter.com/suckitupmovie Instagram: www.instagram.com/suckitupmovie     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 7, 2016 - Toronto, ON; Suck It Up, the second feature film by WIDC alumna director Jordan Canning (We Were Wolves, TIFF’14) will have its World Premiere at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival, taking place in Park City from January 20-26, 2017. The film will be screened in the Beyond program, which showcases bold and daring films from emerging filmmakers working beyond their first features. Suck It Up is one of only five [...]

By | 2016-12-12T12:25:39+00:00 December 12th, 2016|Categories: Feature Film Award, Media Release, WIDC|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on WIDC Feature Film SUCK IT UP Tapped for World Premiere at Slamdance Film Festival

Gloria Ui Young Kim wins WIDC Feature Film Award: $190K Prize Announced

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Vancouver, Canada (November 2016) – Award-winning Canadian filmmaker Gloria Ui Young Kim is the winner of the Women In the Director’s Chair’s 2016 national WIDC Feature Film Award, a cash and in-kind prize valued at $190K, designed to encourage more feature films directed by women. Administered by the organizers of Canada’s respected Women In the Director’s Chair program, the WIDC Feature Film Award is supported by some of Canada’s most influential screen-industry companies, and will help Kim to complete her debut feature film, Debra and Mona. As part of the award, Kim won a spot to develop [...]

By | 2016-11-22T09:58:10+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Feature Film Award, Media Release|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Gloria Ui Young Kim wins WIDC Feature Film Award: $190K Prize Announced

Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) Selects This Year’s Eight Director Participants For Story & Leadership Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 2016 (Vancouver BC) Following the launch of its collaboration with Canada Screens, to curate a new women-director-focused VOD Channel, Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) organizers are pleased to announce the eight Canadian women directors who will attend the 20th anniversary session of the highly acclaimed script development and director mentoring program WIDC: Story & Leadership. Over the coming months, these eight directors-to-watch will develop their fiction feature films and web series projects, working with an ensemble of hand-picked professional (ACTRA) actors, technicians, and other industry experts in Vancouver and Whistler. A major component [...]

By | 2017-11-03T13:30:44+00:00 October 31st, 2016|Categories: Media Release, Story & Leasdership, WIDC|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) Selects This Year’s Eight Director Participants For Story & Leadership Program