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WIDC announces directors selected for first online edition: CAM St John’s

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 2020: Women In the Director's Chair organizers are pleased to announce the four women directors selected to take part in the WIDC Career Advancement Module (CAM) taking place in collaboration with the St John's International Women's Film Festival. This augmented online edition runs October 13 to 24, 2020 with follow up career coaching through March 2021. This session of the CAM includes award-winning filmmakers from British Columbia, Ontario and Newfoundland. Developing a diverse slate of films are, BC-based director-producer Esra Çilingir (Angel) who has sixteen years experience as an executive producer and second unit [...]

By |2020-10-21T15:55:11-07:00October 20th, 2020|Categories: Career Advancement, Media Release|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on WIDC announces directors selected for first online edition: CAM St John’s

WIDC alumnae earn 8 directorial achievement nods for upcoming DGC Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: National, September 22, 2020 - When the Director's Guild of Canada announced the nominees for their annual Awards, WIDC organizers were delighted to see that 54% (22/41) of the directorial achievement nominees were women, and that nearly 40% of those women nominees are WIDC alumnae. WIDC alumnae nominees include: Feature Film: Sonia Bonspille Boileau, Rustic Oracle Documentary: Michelle Latimer, Inconvenient Indian Comedy Series: Jordan Canning, Baroness Von Sketch Show (Eps. 401) Comedy Series: Joyce Wong, Workin' Moms (Eps. 405) Family Series: Siobhan Devine, Gabby Duran & the Unsittables (Eps. 118) Family Series: Nimisha Mukerji, Gabby Duran [...]

By |2020-09-24T09:59:14-07:00September 22nd, 2020|Categories: Media Release, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on WIDC alumnae earn 8 directorial achievement nods for upcoming DGC Awards

Racism is soul-destroying: Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell reacts to current events in USA and Canada

June 2, 2020. #BlackoutTuesday In light of recent events, WIDC alumna 2006 and former Board Member, Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell has asked us to reprint her reactions below to current events in the USA and Canada. The WIDC Board agreed unanimously to give Rita this space. Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell Until I realized that murdered black man George Floyd and I both went to Jack Yates High School, in the Third Ward black ghetto of Houston, Texas, I was going to stay out of commenting.  My childhood home in the 1960s was flanked by our school and [...]

By |2020-06-15T00:50:42-07:00June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Featured Voices, Media Release|Tags: , |Comments Off on Racism is soul-destroying: Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell reacts to current events in USA and Canada

WIDC alumnae nab three best direction awards: 2020 CSA’s

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 28, 2020, Toronto, ON - With twenty-one nominations going into the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards, WIDC alumnae have picked up seven awards, including three for Best Direction. The annual CSA's are presented by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and due to COVID-19 were presented virtually this year. In the Feature Film category, Kathleen Hepburn and Elle-Maija Tailfeathers did a key sweep with Best Direction, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography going to Norm Li for The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open which earned six nominations. Produced by Tyler Hagan and WIDC [...]

By |2020-05-29T20:49:35-07:00May 28th, 2020|Categories: Media Release, WIDC, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on WIDC alumnae nab three best direction awards: 2020 CSA’s

WIDC alumnae rack up 37 nominations: Leo Awards 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 20, 2020, Vancouver, BC - An announcement made by the Leo Awards this week, confirms that Women In the Director's Chair (WIDC) alumnae and their projects have garnered a whopping thirty-seven nominations, including six for Best Direction and eight for Best Program. Leading the pack with ten nominations, Karen Lam's latest feature film, The Curse of Willow Song is up for Best Program, Direction, Screenwriting, Cinematography, Editing, Sound, Production Design, Performances by Supporting Actors (female) and Lead Actor (female). "This film was truly a labour of love," says Karen Lam. "It took almost two years [...]

By |2020-05-20T17:54:05-07:00May 20th, 2020|Categories: Media Release, WIDC, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on WIDC alumnae rack up 37 nominations: Leo Awards 2020

Marie Clements’ Red Snow wins top honours at VIWFF2020, begins theatrical run

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2020 - Vancouver, BC.  Women In the Director's Chair (WIDC) alumnae-directed films took home the top feature film prizes given out at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWFF) Awards Gala on March 8th, International Women’s Day. Red Snow writer /director Marie Clements received the CFA Award for Best Screenplay and the DGC BC Award for Best Direction.  Red Snow also received the IATSE Local 891 Award for Best Feature. A WIDC Feature Film Award winning film, Red Snow is distributed in Canada by A-71 and begins its Canadian theatrical run Friday, March [...]

By |2020-08-25T08:44:41-07:00March 9th, 2020|Categories: Feature Film Award, Media Release|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Marie Clements’ Red Snow wins top honours at VIWFF2020, begins theatrical run

WIDC Selects Six Directors for Career Advancement in Vancouver

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Updated March 4, 2020 – Vancouver, BC – Organizers of Canada's Women In the Director's Chair (WIDC) program are pleased to announce six directors have been selected to take part in the 2020 Vancouver Career Advancement Module presented during the 15th annual Vancouver International Women In Film Festival (VIWIFF), March 3 to 8, 2020. Developing original feature films are award-winning Toronto-based short filmmakers Anita Abbasi (Saturday Fuego Diablo), along with ACTRA members Sarah Deakins (Violet), Monica Mustelier (G.O.A.T.), and BC-based filmmaker Hayley Gray (Dry Year). Developing their original series projects are Nauzanin A. Knight (All the [...]

By |2020-08-25T08:51:22-07:00March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Career Advancement, Media Release, WIDC Awards, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on WIDC Selects Six Directors for Career Advancement in Vancouver

Pamela Gallant wins 2019 WIDC Feature Film Award

$200k prize presented at Whistler Film Festival FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Vancouver, Canada (December 8, 2019) – Award-winning Acadian-Canadian filmmaker Pamela Gallant is the winner of the Women In the Director’s Chair’s 2019 national WIDC Feature Film Award, an in-kind prize of up to $200K in services and rentals, designed to encourage more feature films directed by Canadian women and gender minorities. Gallant’s dramatic shorts have won awards at Canadian film festivals and she is also known for her character-driven documentary work notably with ARTV, CBC, Radio-Canada, BRAVO! and Discovery. She has directed, shot or edited more than 70 documentaries [...]

Women in the Director’s Chair announces the winners of the 2019 WIDC CBC Films Talent Development Award

CBC Films renews WIDC commitment of $35,000 for 2020 in support of underrepresented voices   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 5, 2019 (Vancouver BC) Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) organizers are pleased to announce the 2019 winners of the WIDC CBC Films Talent Development Award, a $10,000 story development prize supported by CBC Films that will cover Story & Leadership program tuition plus a fee for a story consultant. The 2019 winners of this important new development prize are Winnipeg-based Cree filmmaker JJ Neepin for Luminous, Neepin’s debut feature film about an Indigenous woman who has the power [...]

By |2019-12-05T14:37:20-08:00December 5th, 2019|Categories: Media Release, WIDC, WIDC Awards, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Women in the Director’s Chair announces the winners of the 2019 WIDC CBC Films Talent Development Award

Queen of the Morning Calm Bows at Whistler Film Festival 2019

  WIDC Feature Film Award winner Gloria Ui Young Kim’s debut feature Queen of the Morning Calm will have its world premiere at the 2019 Whistler Film Festival.  Kim (Flamenco Movie, Why Do I Dance?) is also winner of Telefilm Canada New Voices Award. The film starring Tina Jung (Kim’s Convenience, Make It Pop), Shaun Benson (The Boys, Killjoys), Jesse LaVercombe (Mary Goes Round, American Gods) and introducing newcomer, Eponine Lee, is up for Whistler’s prestigious Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature. Screenings: Saturday, December 7th, 5:00pm @ Village 8 Cinemas – Theatre 8 Sunday, [...]

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