A Match Made in Mentorship Heaven – Writer Christina Sicoli reports from the Whistler Film Festival

Opening Gala at the Whistler Film Festival

The Whistler Conference Centre is buzzing with activity come festival time.

There were more talented people than her but they quit. Don’t quit. Go back to your craft, back to your voice, but don’t quit.”–Meg LeFauve (Variety’s 10 Screenwriters To Watch).

THE MORNING AFTER. A cup of coffee, an over-stimulated body and a blog entry. I’ve been staring at my computer not knowing where to begin. But as I’m learning with most beginnings, they constantly shift and give birth to newer ones. So I asked myself, “What began for me with this new experience”?  Continue reading

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Martini Madness 2015 – Party Wrap-Up

Talen Agent Esther Cohen at Martini Madness 2015

Talent Agent Esther Cohen at Martini Madness 2015

Well before the summer air turns crisp, filmmakers of all fields begin to plan for festival season. It’s a time of year when our consuming careers demand that we emerge out of the vortex of production and gather for an efficient dose of networking and reconnecting with friends and colleagues. Having old friends intermingled with new talent we have yet to meet provides us with a ripe and fertile circumstance; within which we get to expand our universes.

Our hometown film festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) has become a celebration of West Coast talent within a vibrant international community. Women in Film and Television Vancouver continues to be involved with that in as many ways as we can imagine. Continue reading

Elizabeth Yake presents environmental Doc Hadwin’s Judgement at Hot Docs

Doug Chapman is Grant Hadwin in Hadwin's Judgement

Doug Chapman is Grant Hadwin in Hadwin’s Judgement

Producer and WIFTV member Elizabeth Yake and Director Sasha Snow enter a controversial and relevant conversation with their documentary Hadwin’s Judgement, which premieres at the 2015 Hot Docs Festival. 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

Screenwriter Rachelle Chartrand says volunteering for Women in Film changed her life

Rachelle Chartrand. Photo by WendyD

Rachelle Chartrand. Photo by WendyD

Women in Film and Television members may remember former WIFTV President Rachelle Chartrand for her New Year’s letter where she put forth a challenge calling for more courage:

“If you are a female filmmaker, no matter what, tell a story this year. Make it inspiring or provocative or both. Tell it as a film. Tell it as a TV series. Tell it as a web series. I don’t care. Just tell it. No excuses.

If you are a man, tell a story with inspiring or provocative female characters! Tell it for your daughter. Tell it for your sister. Tell it for your grandmother. I don’t care. Just tell it. No excuses.”

What sounds as a determined shout-out by a confident industry professional did not come by chance. In fact, Rachelle’s confidence grew while volunteering for Women in Film over a number of years. Continue reading

Fashion flared at WIFTV’s Moulin Madness party

The WIFTV Moulin Madness Organizers - Wendy D Photography

The WIFTV Moulin Madness Organizers – Wendy D Photography

Fashion flared last night at Women in Film and Television Vancouver’s latest edition of Martini Madness- officially launching the Vancouver Film Festival’s industry conference with utter magnificence. The Vancouver Fan Club became Moulin Rouge for the night, and I’m sure they will be finding feathers and sparkles in random crevices for many years to come. Continue reading

Out of the Dark and into the Spotlight: Ana Valine Shines with Sitting on the Edge of Marlene

Ana Valine

Ana Valine – Photo by Christine Buijs

Ana Valine has had a charmed run with her first feature film, Sitting on the Edge of Marlene, a story about a less than charmed existence for young Sammie and her pill-popping con artist mother Marlene.

The screenplay, based on the Billie Livingston young adult novella The Trouble with Marlene won the 2011 Women in the Director’s Chair Feature Film Award valued at $120,000 in kind towards production. From there, Ana built momentum with a mentorship with world renowned director Denys Arcand and a script award at The Female Eye Film Festival. Continue reading

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