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WIDC INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORS SUMMIT
Creating Confidence: Exploring Women In the Directors Chair

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Summit Dates: March 11 and 12, 2014 
Empire Landmark Hotel | 1400 Robson Street | Vancouver | BC | Canada

Since 1997, 180 women directors have attended the WIDC program, and more than 66% of those WIDC Director Alumnae have news to report about their careers and projects annually. The WIDC program has reached a critical mass towards changing the industry landscape, yet women still direct less than 20% of film and television productions in Canada.  The statistics are no better in other countries around the world. The dismal data does not lie, and so WIDC Summit delegates worked collaboratively for two intensive days to uncover another more positive story. 

Women screen directors, funders, executives and industry stakeholders  undertook an appreciative inquiry method to help build stronger alliances and develop generative images to inspire greater achievement and success for women screen directors.

Sharing best practices, goals and discussing global trends impacting women directors, including potential opportunities presented by technology and social media, the WIDC Summit became a "state of women directors around the world", foundation-building creative space for brainstorming innovative, and practical strategies for getting more women directors and their stories to all screens. 

The dialogue will continue in St John's, October 14, 2014 at the St John's International Women's Film Festival, 25th Anniversary Summit where delegates will explore practical next steps together. 

WIDC Summit Agenda.

WIDC SUMMIT GUESTS & SPEAKERS INCLUDED:

Representatives from Canada's three International Women's Film Festivals (St John's, Toronto, Vancouver), and acclaimed New Zealand filmmaker, Gaylene Preston.  The WIDC Summit was facilitated by WIDC Producer, Carol Whiteman

For more information: enquiries@creativewomenworkshops.com

 

 


WIDC STORY INCUBATION MODULE (SIM) 2.0

Workshop Dates: March 13 to 23, 2014
Empire Landmark Hotel | 1400 Robson Street | Vancouver | BC | Canada

This new Vancouver-based intensive 10-day workshop is a natural evolution of the WIDC SIM in Banff, and is open to WIDC Director Alumnae, as well as any other Canadian woman director, with a fiction screen play she is attached to direct.  

At the SIM 2.0 8 mid-career women screen directors (and/or writer/directors) develop their:

1) Leadership Skills

2) Feature Film Script that they are preparing to direct, and 

3) Create a Director's Prep Plan that will become part of their project fund-raising package.

The 2014 SIM 2.0 was led by acclaimed New Zealand filmmaker, Gaylene Preston, multiple award-winning WIDC Producer, Carol Whiteman, and supported by the expertise of a variety of industry specialists including, Jungian expert, writer and master teacher, Dr. Carolyn Mamchur; professional Story Editor, Linda Coffey; Filmmaker/Acting Instructor, G. Christianne Hirt Shaw, Producer Lael McCall (Principia Productions), Michele McMahon (Bell Media), Maureen Levitt (Super Channel), John Dippong (Telefilm Canada), and an ensemble cast of ten professional (ACTRA) actors from across Canada.

DIRECTORS SELECTED FOR the WIDC 2014 SIM 2.0:

Valerie Buhagiar (ON), Kirsten Gauthier (BC), Jane Hancock (BC),
Patricia Harris Seeley (AB), Kathleen Hepburn (BC),
Gail Maurice (ON), Brianne Nord-Stewart (BC), Terri Wynnyk (AB)

NEXT DEADLINE: TBA

For more information: directors@creativewomenworkshops.com   


 

 

WIDC CAREER ADVANCEMENT MODULE (CAM)

An intensive career coaching session with Industry professionals for up to four women filmmakers per session.  Delivered in collaboration with Canada's three major International Women's Film Festivals (St John's, Vancouver, Toronto) applications are encouraged from Canadian women directors with a film screening at the festival; who are local to the festival city; or who are WIDC alumnae, with the aim to gain career focus and build greater industry confidence.

NEXT DEADLINE:

April 15, 2014 (for Toronto Session, June 18 to 21, 2014)

For more CAM information

 


 

WIDC FEATURE FILM AWARD

Open to any Canadian woman screen director; a prize valued at $120,000 in kind rentals from some of Canada's most prominent industry companies, towards a fiction feature film that she is set to direct; plus executive producing services and mentoring from CWWA.  Applicants must agree to participate in the next WIDC program session as part of the Award pacakge. See link to application below.

ANNUAL DEADLINE:
January 31

 For more Feature Film Award information 

 



 FOR WIDC DIRECTOR ALUMNAE ONLY

Telefilm Canada Micro Budget Program - WIDC Nominee

Open to ANY WIDC Director Alumna who is attached to direct a feature film that fits the criteria set out on the Telefilm Canada web site. All applications must include all materials required by Telefilm, plus script for live action feature film, for peer adjudication. Director applicants must also agree to participate in the next WIDC program session as part of the application proposal.

Directors send your application portfolio in a ZIP file or link to Dropbox folder to:

directors@creativewomenworkshops.com 

NEXT  DEADLINE: TBA



~Congratulations WIDC AWARD WINNERS~

WIDC Nominee to Telefilm Micro Budget Program

2014 Recipient
will be presented at the WIDC Launch Event, June 9, 2014 at BANFF

Maureen Bradley
~ 2013 

 

 WIDC Feature Film Award

2014 Recipient
will be presented at the WIDC Launch Event, June 9, 2014 at BANFF

Siobhan Devine ~ 2013

Marie Clements ~ 2012

Ana Valine ~ 2011 media release

 

WIDC Directors' Chairs (Banff)

WIDC 2014 ACP Director Bios

 WIDC 2013 Director Bios

WIDC 2012 Director Bios

WIDC 2011 Director Bios

 

WIDC CAM 2013-14

Meghna Haldar & Jacqueline Hynes - St John's 

TBA - Toronto


WIDC 15th Anniversary Newsletter
For over 100 updates on WIDC Director Alumnae careers and project successes!



Collaborate Create Transform: Vision into Reality



 

Creative Women Workshops Association

  • Strengthening the voice of Canadian women story-tellers through film, television and video drama.

  • Promoting and developing excellence behind and in front of the lens.

  • Encouraging a diversity of stories for screen told from women's perspectives.


PRESENTING PARTNERS
For more information contact:

WIDC Workshop Producer, Carol Whiteman

The Banff Centre, Digital Film Coordinator, Mark Louie


ACTRA National, Public Relations Officer, Carol Taverner



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