FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 30, 2018, Vancouver – Organizers of the Women In the Director’s Chair are thrilled to announce that WIDC alumnae and their projects have earned 28 Leo Award nominations including 7 for best direction.
“Through a system of peer adjudication, with final ballot tabulation by Ernst & Young Chartered Accountants, we are pleased to confirm the following 2018 Leo Award Recipients.We would like to extend a special thank you to all of our jurors who exemplify the spirit of community service. We are grateful for their care and consideration while deliberating. On behalf of all of us at the congratulation!” says Walter Daroshin, President, Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of BC and principal, Leo Awards. (2018 Leo Award Nominations)
2018 Leo Award nominated programs by WIDC alumnae include:
The Road Forward
(Best Feature Documentary; Best Direction; Screenplay; Cinematography; Editing; Musical Score)
Marie Clements, writer/director
Clements is currently in production on her WIDC Feature Film Award film, Red Snow which she is producing with Lael McCall (Principia Productions) and Michelle Morris (Lily Pictures Productions).
Never Steady, Never Still
(Best Motion Picture; Best Direction; Production Design; Sound; Casting)
Kathleen Hepburn, writer/director/executive producer; Carol Whiteman, Lori Lozinski, executive producers; James Brown (Christie Street Creative), Tyler Hagan (Experimental Forest Films), producers.
Never Steady, Never Still is a WIDC Feature Film Award project; Hepburn is now in production on her second feature, The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open, with co-director Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers.
Scout & the Gumboot Kids
(Best Youth, Children Series; Best Direction; Cinematography; Production Design)
Daisy & the Gumboot Kids
(Best Web Series)
Tara Hungerford, writer/director/producer
Do We Leave This Here
(Best Short Film; Best Direction; Lead Actor)
Julia Hutchings, writer/director/producer
(Comedy, Variety, Musical Program Series: Best Direction)
I Am Frankie
(Youth/Children’s Series: Best Direction)
Siobhan Devine, director
The Dangers of Online Dating
(Best Web Series; Lead Actress)
Brianne Nord Stewart, writer/director/producer
Dr Keri: Prairie Vet
(Best Documentary Series; Best Direction)
Mary M. Frymire, producer/director
Never Steady, Never Still (Motion Picture: Best Production Design)
Luk’Luk’l (Motion Picture: Best Production Design)
ABOUT WIDC – Founded in 1997, Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) is an internationally respected Canadian professional development offering, specially designed to advance the skills, careers and fiction screen projects of women directors. With more than 230 director alumnae across Canada, who have earned over 100 awards and nominations for their work in 2017-18 award season alone including nominations for 28 Canadian Screen Awards, 28 Leo Awards and one Oscar™, over the last twenty-one years WIDC has fostered the development of a generation of women screen directors.
WIDC is presented with major support from Telefilm Canada, Harold Greenberg Fund, and ACTRA, and with the participation of the Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada, Actra Fraternal Benefit Society, ACTRA National, TELUS STORYHIVE, Creative BC, UBCP/ACTRA, Independent Production Fund, ACTRA Alberta; community collaborators: 1st Weekend Club’s Canada Screens, National Film Board, WIFT Vancouver’s International Women In Film Festival, Female Eye Film Festival, St John’s International Women’s Film Festival, Crazy 8’s, Winnipeg Film Group, and the Whistler Film Festival.
The WIDC Feature Film Award is supported by Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund, Panavision Canada, Post Moderne, North Shore Studios, Keslow Camera Film and Digital, William F. White International, SIM Group, Tattersall Sound and Picture, Encore Vancouver, Technicolor Toronto, Skylab Vancouver, The Bridge Studios, Vancouver Film Studios, The Research House Clearance Services Inc., Front Row Insurance, MELS Studios, White Hart Post Production, and Descriptive Video Works.