Creating Confidence: Exploring Women In the Director’s Chair

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The WIDC program has reached a critical mass towards changing the industry landscape. Yet women still direct less than 20% of film and television productions. The dismal data doesn’t lie – but is there another story to tell? Women screen directors, funders, executives and industry stakeholders from across the globe are invited to turn the systemic issue of gender imbalance on its head, unlocking the keys to achievement and confidence on all levels by exploring the success stories of women screen directors.

Following a keynote address from our special guest director, summit participants will break into roundtable groups to share narratives around successes, win-wins, and other leadership experiences; develop images and expand strategies for normalizing and mainstreaming women screen directors’ participation in our screen industries; and create a space for confidence in women in the director’s chair.

The WIDC Summit is an opportunity for women screen directors from around the world to explore global trends impacting women directors including but not limited to, potential new opportunities presented by technology, success stories and case studies (e.g. Kathryn Bigelow: The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty; or Lena Dunham: Girls), and how social media could help change the landscape for women screen directors.

This event will be a “state of women directors around the world” summit and an opportunity to brainstorm innovative strategies for getting more women directors and their stories to all screens. The summit will also provide a globally ignited spark for new innovations in WIDC programming.

Summit Dates: March 11 and 12, 2014
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Registration Open: January 15, 2014
Registration Fee: $50 plus GST
Registration Details: (PDF download)