The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival is grateful for the ongoing support of the UBC Creative Writing Program. Once again, in a show of generous support for the development of screenwriting in the Vancouver community, the UBC Creative Writing Program is sponsoring and presenting the UBC Creative Writing Award to the winner of this year’s International Screenwriting Competition.We would also like to recognize the expert jury that gave of their time and knowledge to get the festival to this point, the announcement of our finalists. The jury is as strong as any in the world, coming to the table with training, experience, and awards of their own. A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to Angela Crosato, Sasha Duncan, Rebecca Hales, Bill Hurst, Dee LeBlanc, Nisha Shankar, and Kelly Tatham. Without these seven people, this event could not only exist, it couldn’t grow the way it has.
Introducing this year’s finalists:
Screenplay: Resurrecting Jane Doe
Carla Custance is a TV, film and literary writer who holds an MFA in Screenwriting from Spalding University. She also holds graduate certificates in Scriptwriting from Algonquin College and Comic Scriptwriting from Humber College. She won the Praxis Screenwriting Competition in 2012 and Larry Brody’s Spec Scriptacular TV Writing Competition in both 2012 and 2013. Her scripts have also been recognized in other international screenwriting competitions such as the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, the Austin Film Festival, and the PAGE Awards Screenwriting Competition. She is currently writing an animated preschool series called Scarlet the Artist for Mind Ninja Studios. Carla lives in Ottawa, Ontario with her husband and two dogs.
Screenplay: Blood Carvings
After receiving a MFA in Film & Production at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Lori worked in development (television and film) for over a decade. Lori was a non-writing producer on such shows as Kitchen Confidential (FOX), Blade the Series (SPIKE), Friday: The Animated Series (MTV) and Poison Ivy: The Secret Society (LIFETIME). Recently, Lori shifted gears to concentrate on her own screenwriting skills, serving as creative writing consultant on German film director Thomas Grampp’s horror feature, Shallow Water. Lori’s own gothic horror script, Blood Carvings was conceived via her passion for a good haunting tale mixed with her yearning to see more adult women onscreen – in this case a sculptor facing a career crisis and her own haunted past on a remote southern estate. Lori is currently at work on her newest offering, The London Detour, which follows a Milwaukee waitress whose vacation is derailed by murder.
Screenplay: Turkey Dump
Ronalda began her arts career as an actor and theatre director. Her acting roles included Nora in A Doll’s House, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Julie in Dario Fo’s Other Female Parts. In film, Ronalda was nominated for a Leading Actress Genie for her work in the film Alligator Shoes. As a director, she directed the Dora Award-winning Canadian premier of Danny and Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley. Ronalda went on to complete her MFA in Screenwriting while having her two children. Ronalda was Director of Development at Up Front Entertainment for over a decade, during which she wrote several documentaries in both Canada and the United States. Ronalda has written feature screenplays both alone and with her writing partner Annie Szamosi, all of which have been optioned. In addition to ongoing screenwriting, Ronalda is putting the finishing touches on a television comedy series and a stage play for two women. Born in PEI, Ronalda lives in Toronto with her husband and kids.
The winner of the UBC Creative Writing Award will be announced during #VIWIFF2016’s Closing Night Gala on Sunday, March 13.
By Michelle Muldoon