WIDC: Career Advancement Module (CAM) – Online Edition

Fall Edition, 2021
Presented in collaboration with the St John’s International Women’s Film Festival and the Reelworld Film Festival

Open for submissions: June 8, 2021
Close of submissions: August 8, 2021
Workshop Dates: October 8 to 29, 2021

Spring Edition, 2022
Presented in collaboration with the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival and the Female Eye Film Festival

Open for submissions: November 8, 2021
Close of submissions: January 15, 2022
Workshop Dates: March 1 to 22, 2022

(all dates may be subject to change)

WIDC recognizes the term Woman/Women is in an evolution of language and note that our intention in our use is to be fully inclusive of underrepresented persons who may or may not identify as women and share the goals and values of WIDC to promote these marginalized voices and stories.  Further, we gratefully acknowledge that the WIDC program originates from the traditional and unceded lands of the Coast Salish people, including the xmkym (Musqueam), Swxwu7mesh (Squamish), and slilwta (Tseil-wau-tuth) Nations. We also acknowledge the Indigenous Nations on whose traditional lands our guests, participants, and colleagues live, work and create. We commit to working together in the spirit of collaboration and respect for the generations that came before, those living now, and the generations to come.

The year’s slate of CAM sessions will offer two separate cohorts of up to 8 director participants an intensive, tailored leadership master class for mid-career women filmmakers focusing on scripted content development. For this specially designed module that dovetails with partnering Canadian Film Festivals, director participants are selected by a WIDC alumnae peer jury along with representatives from host festivals.

At the CAM you will be offered tools to identify and lean into your personal leadership style. You will learn about the continuum of confidence and how articulating what you love about being a storyteller for screen can give you a competitive advantage. Discover tips about reading the room while pitching your projects and debrief on your experiences in a  confidential, collegial space. Engage in facilitated meetings with Industry experts, including representatives from Telefilm Canada, CBC, Bell Media, as well as seasoned producers, distributors, directors and others. Learn how to strategically leverage all of this to advance your screen fiction projects and career.

Each CAM program edition includes:

  • Digital pass to the host festivals
  • One-to-one meetings with CAM mentor
  • Group meetings with Industry experts
  • A group wrap up Exit Session to debrief, confirm follow up goals and timeline for follow up
  • 3 x 1-hour coaching sessions to advance your career strategy after the formal workshop sessions

Objectives

  • To work with mid-career women and non-binary content creators (writers, directors, producers) in identifying and achieving their career and project goals, primarily in scripted production.
  • To develop confidence and capabilities in areas including but not limited to self-promotion, communication, leadership, principles of Equity Diversity and Inclusion work, strategic planning, and creative solutions.
  • To develop a set of trusted allies who can help spring-board the advancement of participants’ careers and project(s).

Costs

  • Application fees are being waived to reduce barriers to access
  • Tuition is scholarshipped by WIDC through major sponsorship from Telefilm Canada.
  • Festival Passes are provided compliments of host Festivals

To learn more: directors@WIDC.ca

How to Apply

Application Forms:

Community Collaborators:
Since 2008, WIDC has been delighted to collaborate with Canada’s three most prestigious international women’s film festivals to present the CAM in St John’s (SJIWFF), Vancouver (WIWFF), and Toronto (FeFF). Due to COVID, in fall 2020 the WIDC CAM moved online, and as part of our 25th Anniversary, we welcomed the addition of Reelworld Film Festival as one of our CAM presenting partners.

We encourage directors who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Colour to join Access Reelworld (Canada’s largest searchable database for racially diverse talent in the screen industry) for a variety of networking and hiring opportunities.

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**WIDC reserves the right to make changes to, or cancel this WIDC CAM offering without notice.