Creative Women Workshops Association (CWWA)
CWWA is a national non-profit society incorporated in the province of British Columbia, Canada.
Purpose (from CWWA Constitution and Bylaws, June 13, 2006)
The purposes of the Society are to:
- Provide and/or assist in providing educational opportunities that will help to bring Canadian women into leadership/decision-making positions in film, television and video productions;
- Help to promote more Canadian women’s stories into Canadian and global communities; and to
- Offer artistic development opportunities that help to build the Canadian talent pool in film, television and video production;
which shall be carried out on an exclusively charitable basis.
CWWA strives towards gender equity by supporting, celebrating, promoting, and developing the talents and skills of women storytellers for screen in particular directors, along with actors, crafts people and technicians. Overall the society encourages excellence, creativity and collaboration in storytelling for screen.
CWWA’s main activity is the Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) program, an internationally respected development program, specially designed to advance the skills, careers and fiction screen projects of mid-career women directors, through master-classes, industry immersions, mentorships, workshops and production awards and nominations to help women directors complete their fiction narrative screen projects. WIDC is financially supported by screen industry agencies, organizations, unions, guilds and individuals, across Canada.
CWWA acknowledges that our work and learning takes place on the traditional lands of Indigenous peoples. We are grateful for the hospitality and sharing this space. CWWA is committed to maintaining a safe space and collegial learning and working environment that encourages creativity, exploration and professional development; a space where internal confidence can grow for all participants. It is also our goal to demonstrate respect and appreciation for the value we each bring to the work we are undertaking together; generating a forum for external confidence to grow for all personnel engaged in CWWA activities.
CWWA has formal anti-harassment and anti-violence policies that are embedded in our Health & Safety Policy. We require every participant, guest, mentor, volunteer, administrative support personnel to review and agree to uphold this policy. By signing onto these policies each individual is indicating her/his understanding and agreement to these terms of engagement. WIDC Health & Safety Policy
There are 65 registered CWWA members across Canada and over 250 women directors eligible to be members of CWWA. Upon completing one of the WIDC programs, director participants are eligible to become members of the society. They must declare their desire to become a voting member of the society; no membership fees required. Others interested in becoming a member must submit an application for review by the CWWA Board of Directors.