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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).

WIDC 1999 – Banff

Hosted at The Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, this WIDC program session included a 3-week Production Module in January 1999. Through workshops, hands-on production and post, directors developed their original fiction scripts and workshopped them with professional (ACTRA) actors; (DGC and IATSE) crew; volunteers (SAIT and ECUAD students doing crew practicums); and supported by Banff Centre staff. Mentors: Director: Norma Bailey; DOP: Roger Vernon; Actor Liaison, Veen Sood; Instructors/Story Editors: Peg Campbell, Sara Diamond; and WIDC Producer, Carol Whiteman

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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 of [...]

By | 2016-11-15T00:08:38+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

Canadian Women Directors Get VOD Channel on October 27

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Vancouver, BC -- For anyone who’s ever wondered where they can find more films directed by women, First Weekend Club's Canada Screens will launch a new VOD channel dedicated exclusively to female directors, curated by Women In the Director's Chair (WIDC).  In addition, each feature film will be paired with a complimentary woman-directed short film, courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada. The channel, which will grow from Canada Screens’ existing line up, will include film titles such as Louise Archambault’s “Gabrielle,” Chloé Robichaud’s “Sarah Prefers to Run,” Kari Skogland’s “The Stone Angel,” Larysa Kondracki’s “The Whistleblower,” Sara St. Onge’s [...]

By | 2016-11-15T00:08:38+00:00 October 27th, 2016|Categories: Canada Screens, Feature Film Award, Media Release, WIDC|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Canadian Women Directors Get VOD Channel on October 27

Announcing Directors for WIDC Career Advancement Module St John’s

WIDC CAM St John's 2016 Director Participants (L to R) Emily Bridger, Wanda Nolan, Melanie Oates, Carolyn Saunders FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 2016: Organizers of the Women In the Director's Chair (WIDC) program 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 at the St John's International Women's Film Festival, October 18 to 24, 2016. Newfoundland-based filmmakers selected to develop their next screen projects include, Emily Bridger, who was just named the 2016 winner of the RBC Michelle Jackson (MJ) Award for [...]

By | 2016-11-15T00:08:38+00:00 September 29th, 2016|Categories: Career Advancement, Media Release, WIDC|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Announcing Directors for WIDC Career Advancement Module St John’s

Unprecedented International Collective Stands Together at TIFF ‘16

#DirectHERs #seeHERnow WIDC is proud to be part of a groundbreaking collective of 12 international women’s film and television organizations, film festivals, media outlets, and production companies, that are coming together for the first time at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), to promote the shared goal of increasing the number of women in the director’s chair. In this unprecedented joint endeavor, these advocates for greater gender parity are proudly co-presenting the Industry Happy Hour with TIFF on Monday, September 12th from 5:30-6:30pm. This Happy Hour will cap an industry day at TIFF that kicks off with a screening [...]

By | 2016-11-15T00:08:38+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Categories: Media Release|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Unprecedented International Collective Stands Together at TIFF ‘16

WIDC Feature Film Award: Now valued at $190K

WIDC Signs $120K Three-year Agreement with William F. White International – Technicolor, Skylab, MELS, and The Research House offer support to Feature Film Award for Women Directors Next submission deadline: June 30, 2016 For more information: Applications FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June, 2016: Toronto, ON – Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) organizers are delighted to announce a new sponsorship agreement with William F. White International valued at $120K in kind grip and lighting equipment rentals over three years. Technicolor Toronto, Skylab Vancouver, and MELS in Montreal are providing post production services in kind. The Research House will be providing clearance [...]