Stellar Group of Women Gather for Celebrated Women In the Director’s Chair Program

Stellar Group of Women Gather for Celebrated Women In the Director’s Chair Program

and Two-day Pilot Session of WIDC Whistler Film Festival Industry Immersion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, November 28, 2014 – Vancouver, BC, A stellar group of eight Canadian women directors, along with an ensemble of hand-picked Industry professionals, mentors, actors and crews, have been selected to attend the 19th annual Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) program, and the two-day pilot session of the WIDC Whistler Film Festival Industry Immersion. Over the next two months these rising stars will develop their feature films and web series, while cultivating relationships with industry insiders along with key collaborators, and an ensemble of hand-picked professional actors and technicians. The program culminates with a technical creative master-class at The Banff Centre.

Mounting their directorial debut feature films are, from the Northwest Territories, Kirsten Carthew (Prototype), Manitoba-based Rebecca Gibson (Jane Garbage), from Ontario, Renuka Jeyapalan (Sex with a Perfect Stranger), and Simone Stock (Dark Horse), BC-based Kate Kroll, (ONE.LAST.SHOT), Reem Morsi (Lips), and Loretta Todd (Monkey Beach), and PEI-based, Jenna MacMillan is developing a new web series Gran Bandit.

“These filmmakers are already established in their own right,” says Carol Whiteman, award-winning WIDC producer. “They have won awards and fellowships, some from our collaborating partners like Women In Film, the St John’s International Women’s Film Festival, and the Whistler Film Festival. We all see the talent that these women possess and the potential of their projects.”

“I appreciate how WIDC supports women’s work and vision,” says seasoned documentary filmmaker, Loretta Todd whose sci-fi martial arts pilot Skye and Chang airs on APTN. “Being part of WIDC SIM 2.O is a significant opportunity to help me be prepared so I can be even more courageous as a director.”

Award-winning Canadian writer/directors Katrin Bowen (Amazon Falls, Random Acts of Romance), Lulu Keating (Lucille’s Ball, The Moody Brood) mentor in Vancouver, and Deanne Foley (Beat Down, and Relative Happiness premiering at Whistler Film Festival), mentor at the Whistler Film Festival. This year’s line up of award-winning WIDC mentors also includes director of photography, Roger Vernon (Twilight: Breaking Dawn), Teresa Hannigan (Rookie Blue), Jeanne Slater (Lucille’s Ball, Evangeline), screen-writer and Jungian expert, Dr. Carolyn Mamchur, writer / story consultant Linda Coffey (These Arms of Mine), and actress/acting instructor, Lori Triolo (Blackstone, Supernatural). Industry experts include, John Galway (of Harold Greenberg Fund), Maureen Levitt, (of Super Channel), independent producer, Lael McCall, (of Principia Productions), and Lauren Davis of Telefilm Canada.

The Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) program has earned an international reputation for propelling women directors’ skills, stories and careers to the next level of excellence. Creative Women Workshops Association, The Banff Centre and ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) have been WIDC collaborators and Telefilm Canada has been a major sponsor since the program’s 1997 inception. This is WIDC’s first year collaborating with the Whistler Film Festival, with the WIDC Whistler Film Festival Industry Immersion taking place on December 3 and 4.

About WIDC:  Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) is an internationally respected Canadian professional development offering, specially designed to advance the skills, careers and screen projects of women directors. With nearly 200 director alumnae across Canada, WIDC is presented in partnership by Creative Women Workshops Association, The Banff Centre and ACTRA, with major support from Telefilm Canada, William F. White Intl., and with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada, Encore, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, Panavision Canada, SIM Digital, Clairmont Camera Film and Digital, North Shore Studios, The Bridge Studios, Vancouver Film Studios, Front Row Insurance, Banff World Media Festival, Actra Fraternal Benefit Society, UBCP/ACTRA, ACTRA Alberta, IATSE 669, IATSE 212, Independent Production Fund, WIFT Vancouver, Female Eye Film Festival, St John’s International Women’s Film Festival and Whistler Film Festival. Director’s chair sponsors include Creative BC, BC Arts Council, WIFTV. Find out more at @WIDC_ca #WIDC

About the Whistler Film Festival: From December 3rd to 7th, 2014, the Whistler Film Festival (WFF) will celebrate its 14th edition as one of Canada’s leading festivals. Featuring innovative and original films from around the world and opportunities to connect with the people who made them, this year’s five day Festival will be filled with a solid lineup of premieres, star-studded guests, lively celebrations and unique industry initiatives. Find out more at; @whisfilmfest #WFF or at

About the Author:

Best known as the producer and co-creator of the internationally respected Women In the Director's Chair (WIDC) program, Carol’s passion for creating space for authentic creative voice to thrive has been recognized by two Governor General’s award nominations and multiple awards for promoting women’s equality in Canada’s screen industry including WIFT Toronto’s Crystal Award for Mentorship and WIFT Vancouver’s Woman of the Year. A respected moderator and facilitator, with over twenty years experience, Carol has presented at international conferences and women's film festivals in Canada, New Zealand and Israel. Carol is completing her doctorate in Transformational Change at Simon Fraser University. One of her papers on 'A space for confidence: Exploring WIDC' was published in the book "About Directing" edited by Anna Migliarisi (2014).