A stellar group of eight Canadian women directors, along with an ensemble of hand-picked Industry professionals, mentors, actors and crews, have been
selected to attend the 19th annual Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) program, and the two-day pilot session of the WIDC Whistler Film Festival Industry
Immersion. Over the next two months these rising stars will develop their feature films and web series, while cultivating relationships with industry
insiders along with key collaborators, and an ensemble of hand-picked professional actors and technicians. The program culminates with a technical creative
master-class at The Banff Centre.
Garbage“), from Ontario, Renuka Jeyapalan (“Sex with as Perfect Stranger“), and Simone Stock (“Dark Horse“), BC-based Kate Kroll, (“One.Last.Stop“), Reem Morsi
(“Lips“), and Loretta Todd (“Monkey Beach‘), and PEI-based, Jenna MacMillan is developing a new web series, (“Gran Bandit“).
some from our collaborating partners like Women In Film, the St John’s International Women’s Film Festival, and the Whistler Film Festival. We all see the
talent that these women possess and the potential of their projects.”
airs on APTN. “Being part of WIDC SIM 2.O is a significant opportunity to help me be prepared so I can be even more courageous as a director.”
Acts of Romance“), Lulu Keating (“Lucille’s Ball,” “The Mood Brood“) who mentor in Vancouver, Deanne Foley (“Beat Down,” and “Relative Happiness” premiering at
Whistler Film Festival) at the Whistler Film Festival, and celebrated writer/director Gail Harvey (“Looking is the Original Sin,” “Long Story Short“) will be
the program’s Mentor Director in Banff. The line up of award-winning WIDC mentors also includes director of photography, Roger Vernon (“Twilight: Breaking Dawn“), Teresa Hannigan (Rookie Blue), Jeanne Slater (“Lucille’s Ball,” “Evangeline“), screen-writer and Jungian expert, Dr. Carolyn Mamchur, writer/story
consultant Linda Coffey (“These Arms of Mine“), and actress/acting instructor, Lori Triolo (Blackstone, Supernatural). Industry experts include, John Galway
(of Harold Greenberg Fund), Maureen Levitt, (of Super Channel), independent producer, Lael McCall, (of Principia Productions), and Lauren Davis of Telefilm
next level of excellence. Creative Women Workshops Association, The Banff Centre and ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) have
been WIDC collaborators and Telefilm Canada has been a major sponsor since the program’s 1997 inception. This is WIDC’s first year collaborating with the
Whistler Film Festival, with the WIDC Whistler Film Festival Industry Immersion taking place on December 3 and 4.
December 7). The Festival Box Office is also open for phone sales (1-877-838-FILM) and on November 28 for walk-in sales. WFF’s film, event and industry
Summit lineup and schedules are available at whistlerfilmfestival.com.
Festival attendees. Book your accommodation early to ensure your perfect match and price. For information, go to whistlerfilmfestival.com.
is sponsored by Variety, ELLE Canada, the Directors Guild of Canada – British Columbia, Creative BC, The Harold Greenburg Fund, Cineplex, CTV, Pandora,
Sorel, Columbia, Whistler Blackcomb, Promosa and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler.
the skills, careers and screen projects of women directors. With nearly 200 director alumnae across Canada, WIDC is presented in partnership by Creative
Women Workshops Association, The Banff Centre and ACTRA, with major support from Telefilm Canada, William F. White Intl., and with the support of the
Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada, Panavision Canada, SIM Digital, Clairmont Camera Film and Digital, North Shore Studios, The
Bridge Studios, Vancouver Film Studios, Front Row Insurance, Banff World Media Festival, Actra Fraternal Benefit Society, UBCP/ACTRA, ACTRA Alberta, IATSE
669, IATSE 212, Independent Production Fund, WIFT Vancouver, Female Eye Film Festival, St John’s International Women’s Film Festival and Whistler Film
Festival. Director’s chair sponsors include Creative BC, BC Arts Council, WIFTV. Find out more at www.widc.ca www.facebook.com/widc.ca @WIDC_ca #WIDC firstname.lastname@example.org
festivals. Featuring innovative and original films from around the world and opportunities to connect with the people who made them, this year’s five day
Festival will be filled with a solid lineup of premieres, star-studded guests, lively celebrations and unique industry initiatives. Find out more at www.whistlerfilmfestival.com.
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 filmmakers. Find out more at whistlerfilmfestival.com.