FROM OUR DARK SIDE contest seeks the best in Canadian female-driven Genre Film ideas

DarkSide-website_0000_headerMutants, fairies, aliens, werewolves, ghosts, psychopaths…oh my! Women in Film and Television Vancouver (WIFTV), with the support of Super Channel, Telefilm Canada and Creative B.C., presents a national English-language contest seeking the best in Canadian female-driven Genre Film ideas.

Female writers are invited to submit their 3-5 page outlines by January 15, 2015 for a chance to win a mentorship package designed to help them get their projects to the screen.

Genre films can include thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, horror – or an imaginative combination of these. Continue reading

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Actor Sonja Bennett creates her own opportunities in the #mustseeBC comedy Preggoland

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Sonja Bennett always knew she wanted to be an actress. After a successful career start, she started to notice a trend in the industry. One that was not so welcoming for seasoned female actors.

Usually the natural order of things is that the longer you do something, and the more seasoned you are, the better you get and the more money you get and the more opportunities you get. It drove Bennett, a Women in Film member, crazy that as an actor it just does not work that way and, unfortunately, there is a window of how long you can actually work. And for most females it is usually in their 20s and 30s. But as she puts it, “the solve is to diversify and make your own opportunities.”  Continue reading