Following a successful collaboration last year,
Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC)
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 will take 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
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.