Story & Leadership
Director Deadline: July 30, 2020
Actor Deadline: September 30, 2020
Program Dates: November 20, 2020 to March 31, 2021
Focusing on both fiction feature film, web and television series development, eight mid-career* female-identified** screen directors who are planning to direct their projects will be selected by a jury of industry professionals for this session of the WIDC program.
WIDC Story & Leadership will be delivered in four parts over the course of four months, and will again include the popular WFF Industry Immersion presented in collaboration with the Whistler Film Festival.
In Part 1, in Vancouver, participants will be offered a variety of tools to help them reflect on and maximize their own creative and leadership skills, and workshop their scripts with professional actors. In Part 2, participants travel to the Whistler Film Festival for a hands-on industry immersion. In Part 3, participants receive consultation from WIDC mentors to further refine their projects towards the next stage of development. And in Part 4, participants receive tailored follow up to fine-tune the director’s professional assets as identified during the program.
Who Should Apply?
Directors: Open to any mid-career* female-identified** Canadian screen directors and a feature film or web series project she is planning to direct. While synopsis-stage projects will be considered, projects that have a full draft feature or pilot script are preferred. While directors do not have to be the writers of their project, it is expected that they will take an active role in developing the story through the course. Projects at any stage of development will be considered, however a minimum of two written scenes and a draft synopsis are required.
Director Participants must be prepared to attend the entire program.
*This is not a program for beginners. WIDC is ideally designed for women who already have some experience directing shorts, docs, web series, or other micro-budget screen projects who are seeking to sharpen or refresh certain skill areas, polish story, and/or broaden professional connections. Or for those crossing over to directing, you must have a track record of highly transferable directing skills, e.g. experienced actor, AD, editor, script supervisor, producer, and must have at minimum of one screen project produced outside of film school.
**WIDC aims to create a welcoming, safe, collegial space for a diverse cohort of participants.
Director Application Deadline: July 30, 2020
See below for How to Apply
Actors: Open to ALL ACTRA, UBCP/ACTRA, and Apprentice members. Based on the casting needs of the eight selected directors’ projects, an ensemble of up to ten union actors will participate in workshops with the directors. The Acting Ensemble travel, lodging and per diem costs have been fully subsidized by the workshop through sponsorships generously provided by ACTRA National, AFBS, UBCP/ACTRA, and ACTRA Alberta.
Actor Application Deadline: September 30, 2020
See below for How to Apply
How to Apply
Director applicants must remit application fee upon submission and if selected, must pay tuition ($2,000), five business days in advance of the first day of the program. Some director scholarships may be available. Check the WIDC Resources page for links to past Director’s Chair Scholarship Sponsors.
Directors Deadline: July 30, 2020 (extended)
Application Fee: $60
Course Fee: $2,000
(payable upon acceptance; some scholarships may available)
N.B. Application Fee is only required for director applicants
Actor application fees and specific expenses of attending are fully scholarshipped by the workshop through the generous sponsorship of ACTRA.
Actors Deadline: September 30, 2020
Questions or technical issues?
Phone: 1.604.987.0747 (office) | 1.877.913.0747 (toll free) | 1. 778.809.0747 (mobile)
WIDC reserves the right to change and/or cancel any part of this program.