Carolyn Saunders wins 2022 WIDC BANFF World Media Festival Fellowship Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 2022, Vancouver, BC. – Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) organizers are pleased to announce that award-winning Canadian/UK writer/director, Carolyn Saunders is the 2022 recipient of the WIDC BANFF Fellowship Award. Made possible through a long-standing partnership, the fellowship is designed to provide one WIDC alumna with the opportunity to network and advance her projects [...]

WIDC Alumnae earn eight nominations for Achievement in Direction at 2022 CSA’s

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 2022: When the Canadian Academy announced the nominees for the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards - the CSA's - WIDC alumnae and their associated projects had earned forty-one nods, including eight nominations for Achievement in Direction. Nominations include: Best Direction of an MOW Sharon Lewis, Death She Wrote Danishka Esterhazy, I Was Lorena Bobbitt Gloria Ui [...]

Greetings for Black History Month 2022 from WIDC alumna Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell

Published by permission: Greetings to the Lakehead community during Black History Month 2022 Of course, we know that Black people have been in Canada since the 1600s. Don’t we? We know that is not since time immemorial, like Indigenous peoples, whose territories we occupy, but 400 years is a good long time. And we know that the contributions of [...]

WIDC Featured Voices: Elizabeth Lazebnik, Be Still

WIDC Feature Voices: Back Story, September 2021 – We met with WIDC alumna and Talent to Watch Mentorship Award winner, Elizabeth Lazebnik to talk about the world premiere of her debut feature film, Be Still, now screening at  the Vancouver International Film Festival. In this Back Story interview we cover five big C’s: the Calling, the Creative, the Collaboration, the Cast, and the [...]

Women In the Director’s Chair Launches 25th Anniversary including new collaboration with Reelworld Film Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 2021 – Kicking off the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC), organizers are delighted to announce that the Reelworld Film Institute / Reelworld Film Festival will become an official community collaborator. Together with the St John’s International Women’s Film Festival (SJIWFF), the three organizations will co-present the Fall 2021 Online [...]

Joy Haskell to receive 2021 WIDC Banff World Media Festival Fellowship

Vancouver, Canada (May 2021) – Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) organizers are pleased to announce that BC-based Indigenous filmmaker, Joy Haskell is the 2021 recipient of the WIDC Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) Fellowship. Made possible through a long-standing partnership, the fellowship is designed to provide one WIDC alumna the opportunity to network and advance her projects at [...]