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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 |2019-03-08T16:57:19-07:00March 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

A Tribute to WIDC Alumna, Pepita Ferrari

Pepita and I met at the 1998 WIDC workshop at the Banff Centre for the Arts, a meeting that sparked a life long friendship, numerous trips, a multitude of film projects, and more than one wild adventure. The mid-January cold in Banff was literally breathtaking – but we both found the WIDC experience invigorating. Stacey Curtis was our mentor and she inspired us all with her enthusiasm and can-do attitude. Pepita used the workshop to explore an idea she’d been thinking about for a while – the dramatization of the story of Emma Edmonds, a 19th c. New Brunswick [...]

By |2019-03-04T21:35:15-07:00January 31st, 2019|Categories: WIDC|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on A Tribute to WIDC Alumna, Pepita Ferrari

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 |2018-11-29T16:10:50-07:00November 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 |2018-11-29T06:55:06-07:00November 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 |2019-01-22T06:52:51-07:00November 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 |2019-05-20T12:04:25-07:00October 31st, 2018|Categories: Media Release, WIDC, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on WIDC announces winner of 2018 Short Works Award: Kamloops edition

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

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 |2018-07-31T07:21:31-07:00July 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 |2018-07-04T19:17:54-07:00June 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 |2018-05-29T11:19:24-07:00May 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