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Announcing 2019 WIDC CAM Toronto Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November, 2019 - Toronto, ON - Organizers of Canada's Women In the Director's Chair (WIDC) program are pleased to announce the four directors selected to take part in the 2019 Toronto Career Advancement Module presented during the 17th annual Female Eye Film Festival, November 7 to 10, 2019 at the Scotiabank Cinema and Hyatt Hotel downtown. Each of the four directors are developing original feature films that they plan to direct, including Lora Campbell originally from St John's, Newfoundland who is developing the comedy, Let's Do This; producer crossing over to directing, Jessica Petelle developing Age [...]

By |2019-11-02T22:15:15-08:00November 2nd, 2019|Categories: Career Advancement, Media Release, WIDC, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Announcing 2019 WIDC CAM Toronto Directors

A71 acquires Canadian distribution for WIDC Feature Film Award winner Marie Clements’ Red Snow

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto, ON - October, 2019 - Following World Premiere screenings at the Vancouver International Film Festival and Edmonton International Film Festival in September and the recent screening at the 2019 ImagineNATIVE Festival in Toronto, Canadian distributor A-71 has acquired Canadian theatrical distribution rights to acclaimed Métis-Dene playwright/director/producer/ screenwriter Marie Clements’ narrative feature debut Red Snow.  A71 will bring the film to Canadian screens for a nation-wide sneak peak on November 4th with a Northern communities tour and additional release dates planned for January, 2020. Filmed on location in Canada’s Northwest (Yellowknife and Dettah) and the desert [...]

By |2019-11-01T17:27:52-08:00November 1st, 2019|Categories: Feature Film Award, Media Release, WIDC, WIDC Awards, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on A71 acquires Canadian distribution for WIDC Feature Film Award winner Marie Clements’ Red Snow

WIDC Alumnae at 30th St John’s International Women’s Film Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 11, 2019 - WIDC alumnae are playing a huge part of this year's 30th annual St John's International Women's Film Festival. This is an historic must see must be at event at one of the world's oldest and highly respected women's film festivals. Six WIDC alumnae-directed feature films are screening including the opening and closing films: Black Conflux, directed by Nicole Dorsey Honey Bee, directed by Rama Rau Becoming Labrador by Rohan Fernando, Justin Simms and WIDC alumna, Tamara Sagura The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open co-directed by Elle-Maija Tailfeathers and WIDC alumna, [...]

WIDC Announces Career Advancement Module Director Participants St John’s

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 2019: Women In the Director's Chair organizers are pleased to announce the four women directors selected to take part in the WIDC Career Advancement Module (CAM) slated to take place during the 30th annual St John's International Women's Film Festival, October 15 to 20, 2019. This session of the CAM includes actor/filmmakers from both Ontario and Newfoundland. From Toronto are Penny Eizenga, a recent alumna who is developing a limited series inspired by Canadian icon Gordon Pinsent, and Molly Flood who is developing a new comedic web series, Band Ladies. Newfoundland-based theatre and film [...]

By |2019-10-10T16:42:22-08:00October 10th, 2019|Categories: Career Advancement, Media Release, WIDC, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on WIDC Announces Career Advancement Module Director Participants St John’s

WIDC Announces 2019 BANFF Fellowship Recipients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 5, 2019 - WIDC organizers are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 WIDC BANFF Fellowship sponsored by Telefilm Canada. WIDC alumnae Cjay Boisclair and Melanee Murray Hunt will attend the BANFF World Media Festival, June 9 to 12, 2019. Cjay Boisclair is the recipient of the 2018 WIDC Short Works Award: Kamloops edition supported by TELUS STORYHIVE. Her charming short, Stood Up will soon begin its festival run. Cjay is developing her debut feature drama The Bench based on her award-winning script of the same name about a homeless teen in a small [...]

By |2019-07-21T06:27:38-08:00June 5th, 2019|Categories: Banff World Media Fellowship, Media Release, Uncategorized, WIDC, Women Directors|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on WIDC Announces 2019 BANFF Fellowship Recipients

Four Western-based Directors Selected for WIDC Career Advancement Module Vancouver

Collaborating with Women In Film and Television Vancouver FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -March 2019: 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 during the Vancouver International Women In Film Festival, March 5 to 10, 2019. Aiming to generate career momentum while they develop pitch materials for their next screen projects are BC-based filmmakers Michelle Brezinski, Monique Hurteau, Jean Parsons and Alberta-based action director, Suza Singh. Each of these talented and award-winning directors is developing multiple projects for the screen, including an action Western television series [...]

By |2019-03-08T16:57:19-08:00March 3rd, 2019|Categories: Career Advancement, Media Release, Outreach, WIDC, WIDC Awards, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Four Western-based Directors Selected for WIDC Career Advancement Module Vancouver

Shelley Thompson wins WIDC Feature Film Award $200K Prize to be presented at Whistler Film Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Vancouver, Canada (November 2018) – Award-winning Canadian filmmaker Shelley Thompson is the winner of the Women In the Director’s Chair’s 2018 national WIDC Feature Film Award, an in-kind prize of services and rentals valued at up to $200K, designed to encourage more feature films directed by women. Nova Scotia-based Thompson, best known for her portrayal of Barbara Lahey in the hit Canadian program Trailer Park Boys, will use this year’s award to shoot her debut feature film, Dawn, Her Dad & the Tractor, a drama about a young transgender woman who returns to the family farm [...]

By |2018-11-29T16:10:50-08:00November 29th, 2018|Categories: Feature Film Award, Media Release, WIDC Awards|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Shelley Thompson wins WIDC Feature Film Award $200K Prize to be presented at Whistler Film Festival

Principal Photography Underway on WIDC Feature Film Award: QUEEN OF THE MORNING CALM, directed by Gloria Ui Young Kim

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto, November, 2018 – The latest of three WIDC-supported Feature Film Award films to go to camera this year, Women In the Director’s Chair organizers and Gloryous Productions are delighted to announce that principal photography is underway on Queen of the Morning Calm, a powerful feature-length drama about a single mother and her daughter, and their journey to find the true meaning of love. Filming is currently underway in Toronto, Ontario. Queen of the Morning Calm is the story of a woman's journey to emancipation. Debra, (Tina Jung, Kim’s Convenience; Suits) is a 29-year-old Korean sex [...]

By |2018-11-29T06:55:06-08:00November 18th, 2018|Categories: Feature Film Award, Media Release, WIDC, WIDC Awards, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Principal Photography Underway on WIDC Feature Film Award: QUEEN OF THE MORNING CALM, directed by Gloria Ui Young Kim

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 |2019-01-22T06:52:51-08:00November 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 announces winner of 2018 Short Works Award: Kamloops edition

WIDC announces winner of 2018 Short Works Award: Kamloops edition Supported by TELUS STORYHIVE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 31, 2018: Organizers of the Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) are pleased to announce that Kamloops-based filmmaker Cjay Beauclair has won the 2018 WIDC Short Works Award Kamloops edition presented in collaboration with TELUS STORYHIVE. Local writer/directors Vesta Giles and Hayley Gray were runners-up in the competition. Prior to the selection of the winner, the three finalists attended an intensive story development lab led WIDC producer Carol Whiteman and veteran story consultant Linda Coffey who is based in the [...]

By |2019-05-20T12:04:25-08:00October 31st, 2018|Categories: Media Release, WIDC, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on WIDC announces winner of 2018 Short Works Award: Kamloops edition