A Brief Herstory of Women in Sci-Fi & Fantasy

A few weeks ago, we took a look at the long history of women in horror. Today, we look at women’s past (and present) in the speculative fiction genres of science fiction and fantasy.

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Our Speculative Roots

Our relationship with these stories goes back, once again, to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and beyond. Whether writing as themselves or often under pseudonyms, women have been there from the beginning. Virginia Woolf wrote fantastical sci-fi under the nom de plume E.V. Odle including the works The Puppeteer God (an influence for The Matrix) and The Houyhnhnm (an inspiration for The Planet of the Apes). Other notable early foremothers include Gertrude Bennet who wrote as Francis Stevens and is seen as the inventor of “dark fantasy,” Continue reading

Meet Kirsten Carthew, NWT writer/director and 2014 WIFTV-WFF Film Market Preparation Mentorship Award Winner

KirstenCarthew_selfieThe Whistler Film Festival is like the Sundance of Canada – at least it’s en route. What a great opportunity to participate in a festival, spearheaded by Paul Gratton, that goes the extra mile to champion Canadian films and filmmakers. Continue reading

Festival programmer, film critic Shelagh Rowan-Legg about the turning tide for women working in genre

Rowan-Legg passportMy love of genre cinema began early, between my mother’s love of Mad Max and my father’s of Star Trek. My interest in genre cinema led me to take an MA in film studies at University of Toronto. At the same time, I became the Operations Director at Toronto After Dark Film Festival. As I worked as a theatre rep at other films festivals, I found that I was often suggesting films for consideration to the TAD director. Eventually, I asked him if I could also be an official programmer. It took some convincing, but after I showed my merit through several of my selections winning audience awards, I began to travel to other festivals to scout for films. Meanwhile, I continued in my academic studies. I moved to the UK to study Spanish fantastic film. Currently, I’m working on a book based on my research, and am the shorts programmer for Film4 FrightFest in London.  Continue reading

From Our Dark Side genre contest holds info session in Vancouver December 9

Women in Film & Television Vancouver is pleased to host a free information session about the From Our Dark Side Genre Concept Contest, followed by a seasonal meet-and-greet networking event.

Tuesday, December 9, from 7-10 PM

Location: Pull Focus, #4-306 Abbott Street (Buzz Code: #8) Vancouver, B.C.  Continue reading

Meet Amanda Tapping, Director/Actor/Producer & Contest Mentor

Amanda Tapping_photoAmanda Tapping is best known for her role as Colonel Samantha Carter on Stargate SG-1. She went on to produce, direct and star in Sanctuary, which lasted for 4 seasons and is seen in over 170 countries. She continues to act in film and television, but has been spending the majority of her time directing for such shows as Continuum, Primeval: New World, Arctic Air, Strange Empire and Olympus.

She proudly sits on The Directors Guild of Canada’s Directors Advisory Committee and Women in Film and Televisions Advocacy Committee. She also runs the non-for-profit Sanctuary for Kids. Continue reading