WIDC Awards

Pamela Gallant wins 2019 WIDC Feature Film Award

$200k prize presented at Whistler Film Festival FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Vancouver, Canada (December 8, 2019) – Award-winning Acadian-Canadian filmmaker Pamela Gallant is the winner of the Women In the Director’s Chair’s 2019 national WIDC Feature Film Award, an in-kind prize of up to $200K in services and rentals, designed to encourage more feature films directed by Canadian women and gender minorities. Gallant’s dramatic shorts have won awards at Canadian film festivals and she is also known for her character-driven documentary work notably with ARTV, CBC, Radio-Canada, BRAVO! and Discovery. She has directed, shot or edited more than 70 documentaries [...]

Women in the Director’s Chair announces the winners of the 2019 WIDC CBC Films Talent Development Award

CBC Films renews WIDC commitment of $35,000 for 2020 in support of underrepresented voices   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 5, 2019 (Vancouver BC) Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) organizers are pleased to announce the 2019 winners of the WIDC CBC Films Talent Development Award, a $10,000 story development prize supported by CBC Films that will cover Story & Leadership program tuition plus a fee for a story consultant. The 2019 winners of this important new development prize are Winnipeg-based Cree filmmaker JJ Neepin for Luminous, Neepin’s debut feature film about an Indigenous woman who has the power [...]

By |2019-12-05T14:37:20-08:00December 5th, 2019|Categories: Media Release, WIDC, WIDC Awards, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Women in the Director’s Chair announces the winners of the 2019 WIDC CBC Films Talent Development Award

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 |2019-11-01T17:27:52-07:00November 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

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

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 |2018-08-26T17:43:22-07:00August 1st, 2018|Categories: Media Release, WIDC, WIDC Awards, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on WIDC Short Works Award: Kamloops

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 |2018-05-29T11:19:24-07:00May 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

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 |2018-04-30T14:45:06-07:00March 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 |2018-04-30T14:46:37-07:00March 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