Fanarchy: A Feature Documentary by Donna Davies About Fanaticism, Fantasy and Film

Cosplayers Maria Brine and Zack Young at Hal-Con, Halifax, Nova Scotia during the filming of Fanarchy.

Cosplayers Maria Brine and Zack Young at Hal-Con, Halifax, Nova Scotia during the filming of Fanarchy.

Even before she agreed to meet with me, I imagined that interviewing Halifax-based filmmaker Donna Davies was going to be a magical experience. The writer/producer/director is known for her factual tales of all things genre, with documentaries such as Nightmare Factory and Pretty Bloody: the Women of Horror. She has recently ventured into a different aspect of genre with her 2015 documentary Fanarchy, which explores the phenomenon of the fan film, particularly in the sci-fi/comic book world. With the WIFTV genre contest #FromOurDarkSide on the horizon, I was thrilled to find an excuse to sit down and speak with her. Continue reading

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Meet Writer, Showrunner and #FromOurDarkSide Story Mentor Dennis Heaton

Dennis Heaton. Photo by Peter Mohan

Dennis Heaton. Photo by Peter Mohan

If you crave to discuss your genre film with a top-notch writer, now’s the chance. Showrunner and writer Dennis Heaton (Motive, Call Me Fitz, Fido) has confirmed he’ll join the #FromOurDarkSide mentor pool again in Season 2. Heaton mentored 2015 recipient Kate Lingley on the first draft of her screenplay In The Same Vein. Continue reading

Journalist Heidi Honeycutt about women directing genre and programming the Etheria Film Night Showcase

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Etheria Film Night is an annual one-night showcase of the best new short genre films (horror, sci-fi, fantasy, action, comedy, thriller) directed by women. The festival’s goal is to connect industry professionals with untapped female directing talent for genre film and TV series. Continue reading

Inaugural From Our Dark Side genre writing competition announces top five winners

DarkSide-websiteVampires, werewolves, zombies, space travel, ghosts and suspense– Oh my! Women know their genre. Women In Film + Television Vancouver’s (WIFTV) inaugural #FromOurDarkSide genre writing competition has received over 250 imaginative film concept submissions written by Canadian women. The national English-language competition seeks to discover the best in Canadian women-driven Genre Film ideas.

“We were blown away by the sheer number of applications from across the country for this competition’s debut. It is exceptional and kudos to all that applied,” says Melissa Kajpust, Head of Development, Super Channel. Continue reading

A Brief Herstory of Horror

scared-audienceHorror stories have been around for a very long time. Whether folk tales in their original creepy form, gothic novels from the 18th and 19th centuries or modern scary movies, people love stories that give them goosebumps, get their heart pumping, make them gasp and scream.

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Profile: Contest Mentor and Director/Producer Rachel Talalay

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In 2014 she became the 7th woman to direct Doctor Who in its 51-year history, shooting the two-part finale of Series 8.

Her eclectic resume includes directing Tank Girl, Freddy’s Dead (Nightmare on Elm Street 6), Wind in the Willows, award-winning mini-series (Terminal City, Durham County and Dice) and more than 70 hours of television in the US, UK and Canada from Ally McBeal to Without a Trace, Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) to Touching Evil. Continue reading

Profile: Karen Lam, Horror Filmmaker & From Our Dark Side Contest Mentor

Karen.Hycroft_dark.08Karen Lam has worked full-time in the film and television industry since 2000. Starting her career as a producer and entertainment lawyer, Karen has produced four feature films, eight short films and three television series. Her first short film as a writer/director, The Cabinet won the NSI Drama Prize in 2006. She has since written nine feature film screenplays, and directed eight short films, a music video, and two feature films, Stained (2010) and Evangeline (2013). She is currently in production on her first web series, commissioned by Telus Optik TV.

Women in Film + Television Vancouver board member Sharon McGowan spoke with Karen about the importance of genre filmmaking from a female POV. Continue reading

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