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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).

Announcing the Eight Women Directors Selected for WIDC Story & Leadership – Whistler Film Festival Industry Immersion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 12, 2018 (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 28 to December 2). We also celebrate the four WIDC alumnae whose feature films bow at this year’s festival. This year, five of the eight directors selected are performers crossing-over to directing feature films. Developing their first features are CBC Heartland star Michelle Morgan (The Plains), Penny [...]

By |2018-11-15T06:02:27+00:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Media Release, Story & Leasdership, WIDC, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Announcing the Eight Women Directors Selected for WIDC Story & Leadership – Whistler Film Festival Industry Immersion

WIDC Short Works Award: Kamloops

Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) WIDC Short Works Award: Kamloops Edition presented with the supported of TELUS STORYHIVE CALL FOR APPLICATIONS! For Canadian women screen directors the WIDC Short Works Award is designed to provide up to three Canadian women directors with a tailored development offering with the goal of creating one short fiction film work (2-3 minutes maximum), suitable as a stand-alone piece for festival screenings; a teaser; or a tool for funding and promotional purposes for a longer work (e.g. feature film or web series). TELUS will have non-exclusive rights to distribution after the film’s festival [...]

By |2018-08-26T17:43:22+00:00August 1st, 2018|Categories: Media Release, WIDC, WIDC Awards, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on WIDC Short Works Award: Kamloops

Filming on Sonia Bonspille Boileau’s feature drama Rustic Oracle kicks off in Oka and Kanesatake

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Montreal, July 31st, 2018 - Produced by Nish Media, filming on Sonia Bonspille Boileau's second feature, Rustic Oracle, has begun in the communities of Oka and Kanesatake. The dramatic feature film, shot in English and due out in the fall of 2019, will raise awareness about the cause of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Rustic Oracle tells the story of an 8-year-old girl, Ivy, who tries to find out what happened to her missing sister, Heather. It also shares a story experienced by countless Indigenous families who have faced the trauma caused by the [...]

By |2018-07-31T07:21:31+00:00July 31st, 2018|Categories: Feature Film Award, Media Release, WIDC, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Filming on Sonia Bonspille Boileau’s feature drama Rustic Oracle kicks off in Oka and Kanesatake

Meet the Four Directors selected for WIDC Career Advancement Module at FeFF 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 25, 2018: Organizers of the Women In the Director’s Chair program are pleased to announce the four directors selected to take part in the WIDC Career Advancement Module (CAM) at the Female Eye Film Festival, June 25 to July 1, 2018. Aiming to generate career momentum while they develop pitch materials for their next screen fiction projects ON-based filmmakers Joyce Wong whose debut feature Wexford Park  has been winning festival awards; Turkish-Canadian short-filmmaker Sibel Guvenc, and Directors Guild of Canada member, Vanessa Shah, and BC-based filmmakers Meeshelle Neal whose Leo Award-winning short film Mental [...]

By |2018-07-04T19:17:54+00:00June 27th, 2018|Categories: Career Advancement, Media Release, WIDC, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Meet the Four Directors selected for WIDC Career Advancement Module at FeFF 2018

Three Winnipeg women filmmakers win prize packages to create original short films: Inaugural WIDC Short Works Award presented in collaboration with Winnipeg Film Group

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 2018: Organizers of the Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) in collaboration with the Winnipeg Film Group are pleased to announce the winners of a new Short Works Award specially created to offer Manitoba-based women filmmakers the opportunity to direct screen fiction. All three directors attended an intensive story development lab which also brought in professional ACTRA actors to workshop the scripts. Following the lab Angela Froese’s short comedy A Round Tuit, the story of a strange creature that magically shows up on the door-steps of unsuspecting procrastinators, was greenlit for immediate production. Cast [...]

By |2018-05-29T11:19:24+00:00May 27th, 2018|Categories: Media Release, Outreach, Uncategorized, WIDC, WIDC Awards, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Three Winnipeg women filmmakers win prize packages to create original short films: Inaugural WIDC Short Works Award presented in collaboration with Winnipeg Film Group

WIDC Alumnae Earn 28 Leo Award Nominations Including 7 for Best Direction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 30, 2018, Vancouver - Organizers of the Women In the Director's Chair are thrilled to announce that WIDC alumnae and their projects have earned 28 Leo Award nominations including 7 for best direction. "Through a system of peer adjudication, with final ballot tabulation by Ernst & Young Chartered Accountants, we are pleased to confirm the following 2018 Leo Award Recipients.We would like to extend a special thank you to all of our jurors who exemplify the spirit of community service. We are grateful for their care and consideration while deliberating. On behalf of all of [...]

By |2018-04-30T18:48:46+00:00April 30th, 2018|Categories: Media Release, Uncategorized, WIDC, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on WIDC Alumnae Earn 28 Leo Award Nominations Including 7 for Best Direction

Launching WIDC Short Works Lab Award with Winnipeg Film Group

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 27, 2018 Vancouver/Winnipeg: Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) is collaborating with the Winnipeg Film Group to offer a new WIDC Short Works Award for women interested in advancing their careers in directing screen fiction. This lab will be free and is designed to provide a prize package for up to 3 women directors including a tailored development offering with the goal of creating a short fiction work (2-3 minutes maximum), suitable as a stand alone piece for festival screenings; a teaser; or a tool for funding and promotional purposes for a longer work (e.g. [...]

By |2018-04-30T14:45:06+00:00March 28th, 2018|Categories: Media Release, Outreach, WIDC, WIDC Awards, Women Directors|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Launching WIDC Short Works Lab Award with Winnipeg Film Group

WIDC Feature Film Award winner, Marie Clements’ much-anticipated feature-length drama, Red Snow has begun principal photography in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22nd, 2018, Vancouver, BC) Producers Marie Clements (MCM Inc.), Lael McCall (Principia Productions), Michelle Morris (Lily Pictures), and the Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) organizers announce the start of production on Marie Clements’ much-anticipated feature-length drama, Red Snow. Principal photography began in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, March 20, 2018. The production then moves to the interior of BC, to complete principal photography by May 31st, 2018. Clements is the writer, director, and majority producer on Red Snow. The team also includes executive producer, Carol Whiteman (Never Steady, Never Still), cinematographer Roger Vernon (The Mountain Between [...]

By |2018-04-30T14:46:37+00:00March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Feature Film Award, Media Release, WIDC, WIDC Awards, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on WIDC Feature Film Award winner, Marie Clements’ much-anticipated feature-length drama, Red Snow has begun principal photography in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 2018: Organizers of the Women In the Director’s Chair program are pleased to announce the four directors selected to take part in the WIDC Career Advancement Module (CAM) at the Vancouver International Women In Film Festival, March 5 to 11, 2018. Aiming to generate career momentum while they develop pitch materials for their next screen fiction projects are BC-based filmmakers Laura Adkin whose short film The Ride Home screens at the festival, Veronika Kurz winner of the 2017 BC MPPIA Whistler Film Festival Short Film Award, and a STORYHIVE Female [...]

By |2018-03-01T22:57:18+00:00March 1st, 2018|Categories: Career Advancement, WIDC, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on WIDC Announces Vancouver Career Advancement Module Director Participants: Supported with the participation of TELUS STORYHIVE

Sonia Bonspille Boileau wins WIDC Feature Film Award: Cash and in-kind totaling close to $200K to be presented at Whistler Film Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Vancouver, Canada (November 30, 2017) – Award-winning Canadian filmmaker Sonia Bonspille Boileau is the winner of the Women In the Director’s Chair’s 2017 national WIDC Feature Film Award, a cash and in-kind prize valued at nearly $200K, designed to encourage more feature films directed by women. Bonspille Boileau, whose first feature was the Telefilm MicroBudget supported Le Dep, will use this year’s award to complete her sophomore feature film, Rustic Oracle a drama about an eight-year old Mohawk girl as she searches with her mom for her missing teen-aged sister. "I’m extremely honoured. To me this [...]

By |2017-11-30T21:22:40+00:00November 30th, 2017|Categories: feature film, Feature Film Award, Media Release, WIDC, WIDC Awards, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Sonia Bonspille Boileau wins WIDC Feature Film Award: Cash and in-kind totaling close to $200K to be presented at Whistler Film Festival