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WIDC 2017: STORY & LEADERSHIP PROGRAM DIRECTORS (in alphabetical order)
Virginia Abramovich is an award winning filmmaker with over a decade of professional film experience. A graduate of the Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre, Virginia has directed and produced six short films, as well as television, commercial and educational works. Her films have been seen in major festivals worldwide and have been nationally broadcast on CBC, IFC and Bravo. Virginia has directed the television series Playdate for Family Jr., produced by Sinking Ship Productions, and Opie’s Home for Marble Media, airing on TVO. She is also developing a number of projects including her feature film Eat or Be Eaten, which was selected as a runner up for the Praxis Script Writing Competition and has received both Ontario and Toronto Arts Council production grants. Virginia is based in Toronto, ON.
Vancouver-based Kate Green has a passion for producing and directing fiction, non-fiction and high action reality. From directing to producing, Kate has worked on numerous television programs including W Network’s Shannon & Sophie Story, CBC’s Keeping Canada Alive, W Network’s Game of Homes, CBC’s Still Standing, HGTV’s Urban Suburban, and Strangers in Danger for Fuel TV, a subsidiary of FOX TV in the USA. In 2012, Kate produced a short drama thriller Shadowplay, which received a nomination for Best Short Drama at the 2013 Yorkton Film Festival and Leo Awards. Kate’s most recent film, a short documentary called, Not A Stranger, is making the festival rounds to great success and recently won Audience Choice Award at the Vancouver Short Film Festival. Kate’s independent production company KGP Films produces provocative and innovative factual and dramatic television series, documentaries, and feature films. Kate is an alumna of the WIDC CAM, Vancouver.
Winnifred Jong was born and raised in Toronto. Having infamously talked her way into attending the Cannes Film Festival in France, Winnifred returned to Toronto and studied film production at Ryerson University. She won a National Apprenticeship Award through the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television upon graduation with her lyrical documentary, The Story of Sam. For the past twenty years, she has worked as a script supervisor on acclaimed feature films and television series. Her second unit directing credits include Flashpoint, Played and more recently, X Company. Her debut short film The Offer was an official Selection of the Atlantic Film Festival, Cinefest Sudbury, Hamilton Film Festival, Toronto International Short Film Festival, TIFF Short Cuts Program Fall 2015, Cinequest San Jose, Sonoma International Film Festival, the Female Eye Film Festival, and was nominated for a DGC Award. In summer 2016 she shot her second short, Milk, which she penned. She is a member of the DGC and WIFT-T and an alumna of the WIDC CAM, Toronto.
GLORIA UI YOUNG KIM
Born in Seoul, Korea, and based in Toronto, ON, Gloria Ui Young Kim comes from a long line of media makers. With a degree in English Lit at U of T, she worked as a journalist at Maclean’s. She attended Ryerson: Image Arts and the 2008 Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab. Her short film, Rock Garden: A Love Story, described by Atom Egoyan as “absolutely beautiful”, has won numerous prizes including the CBC Canadian Reflections Award. Her CBC film, The Auction, premiered at the 2010 Sprockets TIFF, and won Best Short Film, the Audience Choice Award: 2012 WIFT Short Film Showcase and Children’s Jury Prize: Seattle Film Festival for Children, and is now part of the John VanDuzer Film Collection at TIFF BellLightbox. Her other works have won numerous Golds, at the Bessies, the Marketing Awards, One Club; her OAC-commissioned work, Why Do I Dance… has had over 800,000 views on Youtube since April, 2012; she was in the 2009 TIFF Talent Lab; is a mentor for youth (Female Eye Film Festival, Reel Asian Film Festival, Hot Docs). She has recently directed the Ontario Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary film, Live, Love Art…, which won Best Interview Film at PR Daily Video Awards. Her debut feature script, Debra and Mona won the 2013 Telefilm New Voices Award. Gloria is an alumna of the WIDC CAM, Toronto.
Based in St John’s NL, Melanie Oates is writer, director, producer of five shorts, and winner of the Percy Janes First Novel Award. Her films include: Get Out, Distance, Bait, There You Are, and most recently, Ida, Here and There through Telefilm Canada and NIFCO’s Picture Start program. In 2014 she co-foun