WIDC Awards

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, [...]

A71 acquires Canadian distribution for WIDC Feature Film Award winner Marie Clements’ Red Snow

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto, ON - October, 2019 - Following World Premiere screenings at the Vancouver International Film Festival and Edmonton International Film Festival in September and the recent screening at the 2019 ImagineNATIVE Festival in Toronto, Canadian distributor A-71 has acquired Canadian theatrical distribution rights to acclaimed Métis-Dene playwright/director/producer/ screenwriter Marie Clements’ narrative feature debut Red Snow.  A71 will bring the film to Canadian screens for a nation-wide sneak peak on November 4th with a Northern communities tour and additional release dates planned for January, 2020. Filmed on location in Canada’s Northwest (Yellowknife and Dettah) and the desert [...]

By |2020-08-25T09:00:49-07:00November 1st, 2019|Categories: Feature Film Award, Media Release, WIDC, WIDC Awards, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on A71 acquires Canadian distribution for WIDC Feature Film Award winner Marie Clements’ Red Snow

WIDC Announces 2019 BANFF Fellowship Recipients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 5, 2019 - WIDC organizers are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 WIDC BANFF Fellowship sponsored by Telefilm Canada. WIDC alumnae Cjay Boisclair and Melanee Murray Hunt will attend the BANFF World Media Festival, June 9 to 12, 2019. Cjay Boisclair is the recipient of the 2018 WIDC Short Works Award: Kamloops edition supported by TELUS STORYHIVE. Her charming short, Stood Up will soon begin its festival run. Cjay is developing her debut feature drama The Bench based on her award-winning script of the same name about a homeless teen in a small [...]

By |2020-05-04T11:52:02-07:00June 5th, 2019|Categories: BANFF Fellowship, Media Release, WIDC, WIDC Awards, Women Directors|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on WIDC Announces 2019 BANFF Fellowship Recipients

Four Western-based Directors Selected for WIDC Career Advancement Module Vancouver

Collaborating with Women In Film and Television Vancouver FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -March 2019: Four western-based women directors have been selected to partake in the next edition of the WIDC Career Advancement Module (CAM) slated to take place during the Vancouver International Women In Film Festival, March 5 to 10, 2019. Aiming to generate career momentum while they develop pitch materials for their next screen projects are BC-based filmmakers Michelle Brezinski, Monique Hurteau, Jean Parsons and Alberta-based action director, Suza Singh. Each of these talented and award-winning directors is developing multiple projects for the screen, including an action Western television series [...]

By |2019-03-08T16:57:19-08:00March 3rd, 2019|Categories: Career Advancement, Media Release, Outreach, WIDC, WIDC Awards, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Four Western-based Directors Selected for WIDC Career Advancement Module Vancouver

Shelley Thompson wins WIDC Feature Film Award $200K Prize to be presented at Whistler Film Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Vancouver, Canada (November 2018) – Award-winning Canadian filmmaker Shelley Thompson is the winner of the Women In the Director’s Chair’s 2018 national WIDC Feature Film Award, an in-kind prize of services and rentals valued at up to $200K, designed to encourage more feature films directed by women. Nova Scotia-based Thompson, best known for her portrayal of Barbara Lahey in the hit Canadian program Trailer Park Boys, will use this year’s award to shoot her debut feature film, Dawn, Her Dad & the Tractor, a drama about a young transgender woman who returns to the family farm [...]

By |2018-11-29T16:10:50-08:00November 29th, 2018|Categories: Feature Film Award, Media Release, WIDC Awards|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Shelley Thompson wins WIDC Feature Film Award $200K Prize to be presented at Whistler Film Festival

Principal Photography Underway on WIDC Feature Film Award: QUEEN OF THE MORNING CALM, directed by Gloria Ui Young Kim

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto, November, 2018 – The latest of three WIDC-supported Feature Film Award films to go to camera this year, Women In the Director’s Chair organizers and Gloryous Productions are delighted to announce that principal photography is underway on Queen of the Morning Calm, a powerful feature-length drama about a single mother and her daughter, and their journey to find the true meaning of love. Filming is currently underway in Toronto, Ontario. Queen of the Morning Calm is the story of a woman's journey to emancipation. Debra, (Tina Jung, Kim’s Convenience; Suits) is a 29-year-old Korean sex [...]

By |2018-11-29T06:55:06-08:00November 18th, 2018|Categories: Feature Film Award, Media Release, WIDC, WIDC Awards, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Principal Photography Underway on WIDC Feature Film Award: QUEEN OF THE MORNING CALM, directed by Gloria Ui Young Kim
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