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For Immediate Release, July 8, 2015, Whistler BC – Following a successful collaboration last year, Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) and the Whistler Film Festival have officially launched the WIDC: Story & Leadership, a new 4-month intensive for women screen directors focusing on fiction feature film and web series development that takes place in part at the festival December 2 to 6.

A nationally representative jury of industry professionals will select eight Canadian mid-career women screen directors who are planning to direct their projects. Delivered in four parts over the course of four months, this intensive program will include the popular Industry Immersion at the Whistler Film Festival, advanced leadership development, opportunities to work with ACTRA actors, mentorship from Canada’s top industry experts, and key story development support.

“WIDC has a proven track record of successfully advancing women directors’ careers and screen projects across Canada,” stated co-creator and award-winning WIDC producer, Carol Whiteman. “This newest offering builds on the best of the WIDC brand, combines it with the essential industry gateway experience that is the Whistler Film Festival, and sustains it over an extended period of time.”

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with WIDC again to help champion the voice of women screen directors,” says Shauna Hardy Mishaw, WFF Executive Director. “This program offers a unique opportunity for this select group to take their projects to the next level.”

Who should apply? WIDC is not a program for beginners. It is designed for women who have experience directing shorts, docs, web series, or other micro-budget screen projects, and are seeking to sharpen or refresh certain skill areas, polishing stories, and/or broaden professional connections. The program also suits women crossing over to directing, such as actors, ADs, editors, script supervisors or producers with a track record of highly transferable directing skills.

Director Application Deadline: July 31, 2015
Actor Application Deadline: September 30, 2015

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About WIDC – Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) is an internationally respected Canadian professional development offering specially designed to advance the skills, careers and screen projects of women directors. Boasting over 200 director alumnae across Canada, WIDC was initially co-created by representatives of ACTRA, The Banff Centre, and WIFT Vancouver and delivered primarily at The Banff Centre. WIDC is administered by the national non-profit Creative Women Workshops Association and is presented with major support from Telefilm Canada, William F. White Intl., and with the participation of the Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada, Encore, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, Panavision Canada, SIM Digital, Clairmont Camera Film and Digital, North Shore Studios, The Bridge Studios, Vancouver Film Studios, Front Row Insurance, the Actra Fraternal Benefit Society, UBCP/ACTRA, ACTRA Alberta, IATSE 669, IATSE 212, along with provincial / territorial director’s chair scholarship sponsors. WIDC Outreach is offered across Canada and @WIDC_ca #WIDC

About Whistler Film Festival – The Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) is a charitable cultural organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, the industry and audiences in Whistler. WFFS produces one of Canada’s leading film festivals and plays a leadership role in offering project development programs for Canadian @whisfilmfest #WFF