“The WIDC Feature Film Award is a one of a kind opportunity for the making of what we feel is our one of a kind movie. I not only acknowledge this as a profound gift to a filmmaker but a legacy passed forward by an incredible cannon of women filmmakers that have made Women In the Director’s Chair a vibrant touchstone for giving voice, and championing the storyteller by creating change. I am grateful for the support of the WIDC and the generous contribution of each sponsor.”
Marie Clements is an award-winning writer, director and producer who has worked to ignite her brand of independent story-making to a variety of mediums including film, TV radio, new media and live performance. She recently completed the feature musical documentary THE ROAD FORWARD with The National Film Board which will premiere at The Hot Docs Film Film Festival this Spring, and the docudrama NUMBER 14 which won Best Public Service Film at The American Indian Film Festival 2015. She is currently working on a slate of projects including RED SNOW, which earned her the WIDC Feature Film Award, SMOKE(D) a dramatic tv series developed with APTN, and a documentary series titled LOOKING AT EDWARD CURTIS developed with Knowledge Network.
Clements worked as a co-writer for the dramatic episodes of 1491, and directed five episodes of Moosemeat and Marmalade last season. As a writer/director her short works include; PILGRIMS developed by BravoFACT screened at The Cannes International Film Festival, as a part of Telefilm’s Not Short on Talent and had its world premiere at The Toronto International Film Festival 2013, following screenings at The Vancouver International Film Festival, The Whistler Film Festival, The American Indian Film Festival and The ImagineNATIVE Film Festival winning The Shaw Media Award. Her short documentary The Language of Love, commissioned by The Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival, screened as a part of Hot Doc’s International Film Festival and was selected to screen with ImagineNATIVE Presents: Canadian Indigenous Shorts” on Air Canada 2013, garnering an Honorable Mention at the Imaginative Film Festival 2012. Her music video The Road Forward screened at over thirteen film festivals winning Best Music Video at The American Indian Film Festival and The Southeastern Film Festival 2010.
In live performance her full-length multi-media musical THE ROAD FORWARD sold out at The Push International Performance Festival 2015, and her libretto MISSING a co-production between City Opera Vancouver and Pacific Opera will premiere November 2017.
Marie is President of her new media company MCM and Artistic Director of red diva projects. Marie is an alumna of Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) in Banff.