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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

Queen of the Morning Calm Bows at Whistler Film Festival 2019

WIDC Feature Film Award winner Gloria Ui Young Kim’s debut feature Queen of the Morning Calm will have its world premiere at the 2019 Whistler Film Festival.  Kim (Flamenco Movie, Why Do I Dance?) is also winner of Telefilm Canada New Voices Award. The film starring Tina Jung (Kim’s Convenience, Make It Pop), Shaun Benson (The Boys, Killjoys), Jesse LaVercombe (Mary Goes Round, American Gods) and introducing newcomer, Eponine Lee, is up for Whistler’s prestigious Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature. Screenings: Saturday, December 7th, 5:00pm @ Village 8 Cinemas – Theatre 8 Sunday, December 8th, 12:00pm @ Village 8 [...]

Eight Canadian directors selected to develop their feature films and series: WIDC Story and Leadership – WFF Industry Immersion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 19, 2019 (Vancouver, BC) Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) organizers are pleased to announce the eight directors selected to develop their narrative feature films and series at the WIDC’s four-month Story & Leadership program that begins November 22 in Vancouver. Tapped earlier this year for the Canadian Academy’s directors program for women, Kim Albright is polishing her feature With Love and a Major Organ set to go to camera in 2020 with Telefilm funding. And DGC BC District member Nimisha Mukerji is developing a new drama series Reign of Durga. This year’s WIDC [...]

By |2019-12-09T12:56:52-08:00November 19th, 2019|Categories: Media Release, Story & Leasdership, WIDC, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Eight Canadian directors selected to develop their feature films and series: WIDC Story and Leadership – WFF Industry Immersion

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 |2019-11-02T22:15:15-07:00November 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 |2019-11-01T17:27:52-07:00November 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

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 |2019-10-10T16:42:22-07:00October 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 |2019-07-21T06:27:38-07:00June 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