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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+00:00 April 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+00:00 March 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+00:00 March 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+00:00 March 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+00:00 November 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

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 [...]

By | 2018-03-01T22:11:09+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 | 2018-03-01T22:12:43+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