Back for its 7th year, the annual Vancouver Women in Film Festival (VWIFF) kicks off on International Women’s Day, March 8th and running through Sunday March 11. A showcase for a talented line-up of Canadian, US and International women filmmakers, the “The Vancouver Women in Film Festival and Women In Film + Television Vancouver programs are an integral part of the industry,” states Festival Director, Roslyn Muir.
“Without our support, women filmmakers in Western Canada would not have the same filmmaking opportunities that exist today,” she continues. “Each year, our submissions and audience numbers continue to grow and, to me, that proves that there is a need to have women’s stories seen, heard and celebrated in the public arena.”
Today, more than ever, women behind the lens are playing a significant role in the film industry; however, in contrast to their male counter-parts, women still face the challenge to receive recognition for their films. According to Telefilm Canada’s 2010 report on the state of women in the Canadian Feature Film Industry, women professionals report they are disadvantaged with respect to visibility at Canadian film festivals.
Events take place at the Vancity Theatre, 1181 Symour Street, Vancouver, Canada. Tickets are on sale now through WIFTV’s website www.womeninfilm.ca.
Highlights of the 2012 VWIFF include: the Spotlight Awards Gala March 8th, and the WIFTI short film showcase. The VWIFF will announce the Legacy Awards to the top three BC filmmakers at the festival, and the Women in the Director’s Chair (WIDC) Feature Film Award, curated by WIDC President Carol Whiteman, will present a $120,000 in-kind award to this year’s recipient, which is administered by Creative Women Workshops.
Additional events include a Pre-Festival Launch Party, a Digital Media Masterclass, Pitching sessions, Receptions, and Networking Lunch presentation. Stay tuned for details, contests, festival highlights, interviews and more!