Women Directors

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

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

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, [...]

Eight Canadian directors selected to develop their feature films and series: WIDC Story and Leadership – WFF Industry Immersion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 19, 2019 (Vancouver, BC) Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) organizers are pleased to announce the eight directors selected to develop their narrative feature films and series at the WIDC’s four-month Story & Leadership program that begins November 22 in Vancouver. Tapped earlier this year for the Canadian Academy’s directors program for women, Kim Albright is polishing her feature With Love and a Major Organ set to go to camera in 2020 with Telefilm funding. And DGC BC District member Nimisha Mukerji is developing a new drama series Reign of Durga. This year’s WIDC [...]

By |2019-12-09T12:56:52-08:00November 19th, 2019|Categories: Media Release, WIDC, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Eight Canadian directors selected to develop their feature films and series: WIDC Story and Leadership – WFF Industry Immersion

Announcing 2019 WIDC CAM Toronto Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November, 2019 - Toronto, ON - Organizers of Canada's Women In the Director's Chair (WIDC) program are pleased to announce the four directors selected to take part in the 2019 Toronto Career Advancement Module presented during the 17th annual Female Eye Film Festival, November 7 to 10, 2019 at the Scotiabank Cinema and Hyatt Hotel downtown. Each of the four directors are developing original feature films that they plan to direct, including Lora Campbell originally from St John's, Newfoundland who is developing the comedy, Let's Do This; producer crossing over to directing, Jessica Petelle developing Age [...]

By |2020-08-25T08:59:11-07:00November 2nd, 2019|Categories: Career Advancement, Media Release, WIDC, Women Directors|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Announcing 2019 WIDC CAM Toronto Directors

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
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