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

Meet From Our Dark Side Genre Contest Mentor, Producer Rupert Harvey

FreddyRupert Harvey is a producer and writer, known for Pump Up the Volume, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, The Blob and Critters.

For more info on Rupert please check his IMDB listing.

What is genre?
An overused word.

Why is genre important?
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From Our Dark Side genre contest co-presents Berkshire County screenings at #BITS2014

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The From Our Dark Side genre writing contest teams up as community partner with the Toronto Blood in The Snow Festival, which celebrates independent Canadian horror films, and focuses on genre films from across the country.

From Our Dark Side is proud to co-present the festival screenings of Audrey Cummings’ Berkshire County on Friday November 28h at 7 and 9:45 pm.  Continue reading

Director Lulu Keating about finding inspiration and the lack of female filmmakers

LuluKeating- colour by Christine Buijs

Lulu Keating – Photo by Christine Buijs

When I think of filmmaker Lulu Keating, I see splashes of colour—from the flaming red hair to the bright wardrobe and warm Antigonish, Nova Scotia accent—she’s truly unforgettable and a tsunami of creativity. The award winning writer/director calls Dawson City, Yukon her home, and it’s there she finds inspiration for such shorts as Her Man Plan and Dawson Town Melted Down. Between her narrative films and documentaries, Lulu’s work has screened internationally for years and her most recent feature film, Lucille’s Ball (which runs at Vancouver’s Rio Theatre Nov. 23), unravels a signature style—highly stylized, innovative work that pushes the bounds of cinematography to a new realm.  Continue reading

Frontières Market partners up with Genre Writing Contest From Our Dark Side

The Frontières International Co-Production Market is the first and only co-production market to connect North America and Europe with a specific focus on genre film. Started in 2012 as part of the Fantasia International Film Festival (which has been featuring genre films since 1996), Frontières has since developed into a biannual transatlantic circuit – taking place in Montreal in July at Fantasia, and Brussels in April at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.  Continue reading

From Our Dark Side genre contest holds information session in Halifax Thursday Nov. 20

Screenshot 2014-11-14 10.46.57We’re thrilled to announce that Maritime writers are invited to join the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP) & Women in Film and Television Atlantic (WIFT-AT) for a presentation of the award-winning short film Doll Parts and video Q&A with director Karen Lam next Thursday, November 20th at 7pm. Karen will be available to answer any questions about the From Our Dark Side contest.  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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From Our Dark Side genre contest holds information session in Winnipeg Thursday Nov. 13

DarkSide-website_0000_headerWinnipeg writers are invited to attend an information session on WIFTV’s genre contest From Our Dark Side from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 13 at the National Film Board, 145 McDermott Ave. in Winnipeg. The information session is hosted by the National Screen Institute and the National Film Board, North West Centre.

From Our Dark Side contest producer Sharon McGowan and mentor Karen Lam will tune in from Vancouver to describe the program.

Sharon McGowan will discuss the contest guidelines and the tropes of Genre Film (sci-fi, thriller, fantasy and horror, or any combination of these).

Karen Lam will also screen one of her short films and take participants through the creative process she utilizes when developing Genre Film concepts with a strong female edge.

Have your questions prepared, as Sharon and Karen will Q&A with the audience.

RSVP your attendance to Elise Swerhone at

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