Hello Women in Film members and friends!
As the Chair of the Festival Committee, I am so excited to announce to you all the lineup for our 9th annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, March 6-9th 2014.
With all the dust of decision-making settled (and believe me the process was dust raising), we are super-excited to announce our opening night feature is the B.C. premiere of Karen Lam’s supernatural thriller Evangeline.
This decision marks a first for WIFTV—never in our festival’s history have we opened with a thriller, but Lam’s careful craft and stunning vision blew us away. In a genre traditionally dominated by male directors, we are particularly pleased to support Karen’s work and recognize its significant contribution to the industry.
While I am absolutely thrilled with our entire lineup, there isn’t enough space to describe every film, so here are the Canadian highlights!
Canadian filmmakers are well represented this year. For features, we will be showing a beautiful, thought-provoking documentary by Vancouver director Lisa Jackson called How A People Live, focused on the forced relocation of Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw peoples.
We’ll also be showing Vancouver-made dramedy Afterparty, starring Ali Liebert and directed by Michelle Ouellet. Another Canadian doc that is sure to knock you out is Last Woman Standing by Lorraine Price and Juliet Lammers, about female boxers (and best friends) competing for one spot in the Olympics. Lastly, and certainly not least, we will be showing Anne Wheeler’s documentary Chi starring WIFTV Lifetime Member and beloved Vancouver Performer Babz Chula. The film is an intimate and moving glimpse into Babz’ journey to the unknown.
Canadian shorts that will be shown cover everything from gambling grannies and pulling pranks on door-to-door Evangelists to an intriguing glimpse into polygamy. Films included are Meghna Haldar’s Newcomers Swim, Every Friday; Kamille Kapel’s Pretty Shy City; When I Saw You, by Jane Hancock; The Weather Girl, by Crazy 8s Award winner Carleen Kyle; the Canadian premiere of Karen Lam’s The Meeting; Marley Reed’s Mimi & Me, A Little Elbow Room by Mavreen David and L’Autre Femme, a Senegalese film directed by local filmmaker Marie Kâ.
A big thank you to the evaluation team!
We had nearly five hundred submissions this year from all over the world. As such, narrowing down the program was particularly challenging. Submitted films were first sent to our evaluation team who helped pick out the films that absolutely had to make it to round two. From there the festival committee took over, carefully reviewing the evaluation team’s comments and critiques as well as considering programming balance and timing.
What stayed with me most from our final selection meeting was how elated I felt after we read through our potential lineup, and then how truly sad I felt when I looked at the list of some of our favourites that were not included.
Choosing between so many excellent films was not an easy task, and I would like to extend a huge thank-you to the members of our evaluation team, who have been volunteering their time as judges since July.
Evaluation team judges whose sharp eyes and discerning taste (not to mention tons of hilarious comments) we owe our shortlist to include Manjit Bains, Scott Belyea, Tea Buechner, Lucia Cheung, Scooter Corkle, Daniel Domachowski, Spyro Egarhos, Jemmia Fong, Natalie Kardum, Darlene Lofgren, Roberta McDonald, Melva McLean, Ashley Michaels, Jon Povil, Karen Tulchinsky, Laura Welzenbach, and Tini Wider.
Our festival committee includes Emma Bishop, Carolyn Combs, Katja De Bock, Michelle Muldoon, Kate Kroll, Emily Yakashiro, and Danais Yera.
If you would like to be a part of the film selection process next year – let us know!
Festival passes for $25!
I would also like to announce that in honour of WIFTV’s 25th Anniversary we will be offering all members a $25 festival pass.
We have panels, we have parties, and we have dozens of truly excellent films made by women from around the world. Your festival pass will allow you entry into all these events.
It is wonderful to see so many people supporting a festival driven and led by women. I really hope to see you all there, and thank-you again for your support and interest in WIFTV!
VIWIFF Festival Committee Chair