Women in Film and Television Vancouver Mentorship Offers Aspiring Actors a Boost

Women in Film and Television Vancouver (WIFTV) is proud to announce that twenty-one up and coming Vancouver actors have been selected to participate in the 2019 WIFTV Actor Career Mentorship Program. Launched by Vancouver Actor Krista Magnusson (Limitless, Lost Solace, Bloody Knuckles) in 2013, the Actor Career Mentorship aims to provide women actors with guidance and support as they work to advance their careers.

“I’m thrilled that with this group, over 100 women have now been in the program as mentees!” said Magnusson, “That is no small feat and it must be noted that it is truly a community effort. From the 37 mentors that have been involved to the 12 jury members, to the countless agents putting me in touch with all these people & more, it could not be done without everyone recognizing the importance & long-term impact a mentor can have on a person & career. As Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”

This year’s jury included Magnusson, Actor & creator of Jeb Beach & Associates, Jeb Beach (Travelers, To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before), and award-winning Casting Director, Candice Elzinga (When Calls the Heart, Man in the High Castle). The jury chose twenty-one mentees for this round, out of 34 successful applicants were chosen for their ability to clearly articulate their career intentions and goals for the program, and who demonstrated initiative towards finding and creating their own work, as well as efforts towards solving career challenges.

“It was truly an honour to be invited to be a part of the decision-making process for the WIFTV Mentorship Program.” expressed Beach. “I was highly impressed at the level of passion, drive, and commitment of so many worthy actors. No doubt the added ingredient of generous guidance from those who have found their way will be a major positive influence on the careers and lives of the mentees. Vancouver’s Film and TV community is lucky to have such a valuable program.”

This year’s matches are:

Mentor                                                                        Match
Aliza Vellani                                                                Kaylah Zander
Anne Marie DeLuise                                                 Treychel Anderson
Brittney Wilson                                                          Kassidee Campbell
Bronwen Smith                                                          Maegen Eastwood
Camille Sullivan                                                         Stephanie Izsak
Carly Pope                                                                   Hannah Drew
Chelah Horsdal                                                           Yvette Benson
Crystal Lowe                                                                Janet Walmsley
Fiona Vroom                                                                Frédérique Roussel
Jennifer Spence                                                           Kristina Lao
Jennifer Copping                                                         Bailey Olson
Jill Morrison                                                                 Tracy Varju
Keegan Connor Tracy                                                 Vivian Davidson
Kristin Lehman                                                            Kayla Deorksen
Lisa Durupt                                                                   Catherine Lonsdale
Loretta Walsh                                                               Jennifer Pielak
Luvia Petersen                                                              Ana Maria Carrizales
Nicole Oliver                                                                 Katherine Alpen
Pascale Hutton                                                              Keara Barnes
Priscilla Faia                                                                  Caitlin McCarthy
Tammy Gillis                                                                 Leslie Appleton

The program runs from January to July 2019. Mentees will work on their individual goals, most commonly involving insight into relationship building, how to build a long-term career, developing their own projects, branding, and work/life balance as the pairs meet for one hour, once a month, for six months. Mentees will also take part in a monthly volunteer placement, outside the film industry at the Vancouver Food Bank, as a way to give back to the community.

Applications for the 2020 edition of the WIFTV Actor Career Mentorship Program will open in October 2019. Details will be available at www.womeninfilm.ca.

VIWFF Screenplay Competition 2019 Announces Top Ten Official Selections

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By far our most successful international screenplay competition yet! In 2019 we more than doubled the number of entries, thanks in large part to our co-sponsorship with the ISA – International Screenwriters Association. WIFTV provided door prizes to the ISA’s Third Thursday screenwriting events in 15 locations worldwide, and the ISA will be providing ISAConnect memberships to our top ten Official Selections.

We received screenplay submissions from women writers from across Canada and the USA, as well as the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Turkey, Brazil, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

Congratulations to the Official Selections:

  • Nancy Bartley – The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff – USA
  • Jackie Bateman – Salome Magic – Vancouver, BC
  • Arla Bowers – White Coyote – USA
  • Sam Coyle – White River – Toronto, ON
  • Nadia Desyatnikova – Selva – USA
  • Michelle Davidson & Jeffrey Field – No Man’s Land – USA
  • Helen Marsh – Alice Through the Microscope – Vancouver, BC
  • Sheona McDonald – Back by Midnight – Vancouver, BC
  • Katterina Powers – A Better Place – USA
  • Cate Wood Hunter – The Transmogrification of St. Bunnycrisp – South Africa

 

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We would also like to recognize two additional screenwriters with Honourable Mentions:

J. Bermudez – The Face of the Earth – USA

Robin Fusco – Happy Endings Senior Living – USA

The ten Official Selections will receive a prize package that includes full festival accreditation to VIWFF 2019, and an opportunity to pitch their scripts to industry professionals at the festival, taking place March 5-10. The first place screenwriter will receive the Ken Hayward Award for Best Screenplay, which includes a $250 cash prize. The winner will be announced at the VIWFF Awards Ceremony on Sunday, March 10, 2019.

The 14th Vancouver International Women in Film Festival just released their film lineup on January 30, 2019. Read the announcement here and check out the VIWFF film schedule here.

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BOLD, NEW, REAL: THE VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WOMEN IN FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES FILMS BY WOMEN FROM AROUND THE WORLD

The 14th annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (#VIWFF) celebrates the best of cinema created by women. Running from March 5 to 10, 2019, #VIWFF is pleased to be screening 49 films from 19 different countries around the world including 18 local filmmakers!

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Opening the festival is the Vancouver Premiere of Warrior Women (US), a documentary featuring Lakota activists Madonna Thunder Hawk and her daughter Marcella Gilbert, who are at the forefront of Native issues, fighting against the environmental devastation of the Dakota Access Pipeline and for indigenous cultural values. Director Elizabeth Castle and film subject Marcella Gilbert will be in attendance. Warrior Women will be screened with the animated short, Bidaaban (The Dawn Comes) from local filmmaker Amanda Strong.

VIWFF is excited to present the World Premiere of Swords And Scepters: The Rani of Jhansi (USA) an epic period film set in India in 1850. The film follows the Rani as she becomes a growing symbol of Indian resistance and ultimately changes the shape of history. The film’s director, Swati Bhise will be in attendance for a discussion.

VIWFF will screen three BC feature films including the Canadian Premiere of A Perfect 14. This feature documentary explores the world of plus-size models fighting to reshape the fashion industry and the beauty standards of society. The film’s director, Giovanna Morales Vargas, producer, James O’Brien, and subject, Kerosene Deluxe will be in attendance.

Other BC features include the BC Premiere of Gigi Saul Guerrero’s,  La Quinceañera, and a screening of Ana Valine’s, Once There Was A Winter.

La Quinceañera, captures fifteen-year-old Alejandra Santos, whose life is about to change forever on the night of her quinceañera.  The film reflects the director’s recognizable style of Tex-Mex grit with a touch of grindhouse and gore. Gigi Saul will be in attendance.

In Once There Was a Winter we are drawn into a dangerous game set in the desolate North where, fueled by isolation, loss and jealousy,  Lady treads a delicate balance between defiance and disappearance. Anna Valine will be in attendance.

The program also includes 15 local shorts from filmmakers Athena Han, Agathe Bernard, Meeshelle Neal, Tricia Collins, Iris Moore, Amanda Strong, Layla Cameron, Heather Perluzzo, Ana de Lara, Ana Carrizales, Petie Chalifoux, Jules A Koostachin, Mia Fiona Kut, Tristin Greyeyes, and Eva Brownstein. Many local filmmakers will be in attendance.

International Women’s Day on March 8th includes two free screenings, the Canadian Premiere of The Feminist (Sweden) and She Is The Ocean (Russia). The Feminist’s producer, Helene Granquvist, will be in attendance. She Is The Ocean’s director, Inna Blokhina, will be in attendance.

VIWFF is proud to screen several Canadian and International shorts among a diverse selection of documentaries and features.

Click here to view the full lineup of films for the 2019 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival.

The festival will close with the Awards Ceremony followed by the closing night party. Enjoy the tastes of Syrian cuisine with refreshments by Tayybeh.

Stay tuned for additional announcements including special guests, panel discussion, receptions, workshops, tickets and more!

VIWFF is grateful for the support of VIFF Vancity Theatre, Canadian Heritage, BC Arts Council, Telefilm, Creative BC, City of Vancouver, TELUS, CMPA-BC, UBCP, Bridge Studios, Casting Workbook, CCE, CFM, Chandler Fogden Aldous, DGC BC, Georgia Straight, IATSE 891, ICG 669, Line 21, Matrix Production Services, Pacific Backlot, Ron Heaps, Ken Hayward, Sandman Hotel, Sim International, Side Street Post, Super Channel.

Aliens and Vampires and Monsters, Oh My! Five Winners Selected for the 5th From Our Dark Side

Welcome to The Dark Side!

This year’s Genre Concepts explore the mutability of identity, monsters, aliens, ghosts and vampires. Each with a female protagonist with her back up against the wall.

Welcome to the world of genre film, an area where women are challenging social norms and generating worldwide box office.

Congratulations to this year’s winners and their projects!

  • 50 by Mary Cross, Guelph, ON
  • Fire Lookout by Caitlin Vanstone, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Flesh by Kaye MacDonald, Verdun, QC
  • Hotel Ghost by Melanie Butler, Sooke, B.C.
  • Tick by Ashlea Wessel, Toronto, ON
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Clockwise from top left: Ashlea Wessel, Mary Cross, Kaye MacDonald, Caitlin Vanstone & Melanie Butler

We would like to recognize the ten runners-up for their outstanding concepts:

  • Homestay by Karen Budra, North Vancouver, B.C.
  • Jerky by Amy Trefry, Halifax, N.S.
  • Maneater by Kim Morrison/Julia Rowland, Toronto, ON
  • My Only Sunshine by Jessica Landry, Winnipeg, MB
  • Oregon by Jackie Bateman, North Vancouver, B.C.
  • Smile by Kaylin Shioma Metchie, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Strange Harvest by Alexandra Caulfield, Vancouver, B.C.
  • The Cannery by Ariel Hansen, Vancouver, B.C.
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Practical Pathology by Vesta Giles, Kamloops, B.C.
  • The Invincible Trayvon Martin by Melanee Murray-Hunt, Calgary, AB

The judges noted that this year’s entries “hit a new high”, said Peggy Thompson and Sharon McGowan, Contest producers and WIFTV Board Members.

The five finalists receive a cash prize as well as a six-month incubator program designed to take their projects to the next stage of development. A highlight of the program is full accreditation to the Frontières International Co-Production Market in Montreal where the winners will pitch their projects to national and international industry professionals as part of Frontières’ new initiative, “Created By Women.”  (#CreatedByWomen)

Prior to pitching at Frontières, the winners attend the 2019 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival in March where they will have workshops and consultations with genre creators, producers, story editors and a digital marketing strategist.

The five winners will be presented with their awards on Sunday, March 10, 2019, during the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival Closing Night Event (#VIWFF).

This year’s jury consisted of Producer Rupert Harvey, Raven Banner Entertainment Executives Michael Paszt and Andrew Step, Producer Steph Ouaknine, Director Nicholas Humphries, Screenwriter/Actor/Director Sonja Bennett and Screenwriter Dennis Heaton.

The contest was developed by Women in Film and Television Vancouver’s Advocacy Committee and is generously supported by Super Channel, Telefilm Canada, TELUS STORYHIVE, and Creative BC.

For more information on the From Our Dark Side Genre Concept Contest, click here

 

The 2019 VIWFF Screenplay Competition Announces Quarterfinalists

The VIWFF Screenplay Competition is committed to celebrating and recognizing female screenwriters, in pursuit of equal participation in writing for screen-based media. Ten Official Selections will be chosen to receive full accreditation to VIWFF 2019.

We are happy to announce this year’s quarter-finalists:

Georgia Abrahams – Vahana
Amani AbuRamadan – The Package
Andrea Bang – Mrs. Nobody
Nancy Bartley – The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff
Jackie Bateman – Salome Magic
A. J. Bermudez – The Face of the Earth
Arla Bowers – White Coyote
Jessica Bradford – Finn’s Sketchy Day
Giovanna Chesler – Sweetheart Ranch
Nancy Clark – Dark Side Of The Street
Sam Coyle – White River
Tonia Davidson – Word Over Word
Sarah Davison – (Dis) Honoured
Louise Deschamps – The Forgotten Patron
Nadia Desyatnikova – Selva
Mary Egan – Have You Seen Me?
Jeffrey Field & Michelle Davidson – No Man’s Land
Robin Fusco – Happy Endings Senior Living
Tanya Gust – Little Choice
Faye Jackson – The Fisherwoman and the Sea
Ulla Laidlaw – Genevieve
Jillian Lauren & Silas Howard – The Great Pretenders
Samantha Loney – Married to Murder
Helen Marsh – Alice Through the Microscope
Lauren Martin – Grow No Moss
Sheona McDonald – Back by Midnight
Ashley Ohana – Deception Pass
Katterina Powers – A Better Place
Miriam Rahimi-Cholensky – Ari vs. Raj
Miriam Rahimi-Cholensky – China White
Elise Raye & Natalie Mussell – Family Feast
Satu Runa – Soucouyant
Angela Ryan – Mud Swimmers
Jennifer Nicole Stang – Blackwood Falls
Suzy Stein – Dragging the Mark
Jes Sugrue – The Good, the Bad and the Irish
Donna Wheeler – Natalie Rising
Robyn Winslow – Aftereffect
Cate Wood Hunter – Family Roots
Cate Wood Hunter – The Transmogrification of St. Bunnycrisp
Tiffany Zehnal – Bee Sting

Semifinalists will be announced on January 21, 2019, and the top ten Official Selections will be chosen from among the Semifinalists. Official Selections to be announced on January 31, 2019. The finalist will be presented with a cash prize at the Festival Awards Ceremony on March 10, 2019.

A very special thank you to the International Screenwriters Association (ISA) for their sponsorship, and to our script readers for many hours of thoughtful reading.

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VIWIFF 2018: Best of the Fest On the Shore

This year’s Vancouver International Women in Film Festival was a great success—in turnout, audience participation, and cinematic skill. I miss it already! Luckily, I don’t have to lament it’s end for long. Keeping the festival flame burning is VIWIFF’s Best of the Fest on the Shore, a special presentation at North Vancouver’s Centennial Theatre of some award-winning festival films. Now is your chance to catch three films that perhaps you missed the first time around.

Best of the Fest on the Shore will include a trio of VIWIFF picks: Mascha Schilinski’s Dark Blue Girl (darling of the festival’s award ceremony, winning the IATSE 891 Award for Best Feature, the DGC Award for Best Directing, the Bron Award for Best Screenplay, the CCE Award for Best Editing, and the CFM Award for Best Musical Score), The World in Your Window (a New Zealand short film directed by Zoe McIntosh, which won the Side Street Award for Best Short), and local filmmaker Crystal Lowe’s The Curtain (winner of one of the Matrix Awards).

From its first images, elemental and disorienting, Dark Blue Girl leads us into a world both familiar and startling. When Luca’s separated parents, Jimmy and Hannah, finally find a buyer for their holiday home on the Greek volcano island of Santorini, the disjointed family returns to the place where they split up two years ago. Suddenly, the young girl faces an emotional environment now much changed, as her mother and father reignite a dormant passion. The magic and intensity of childhood provide Dark Blue Girl’s through-line, as Luca’s viewpoint reveals the strange ties that bind people together, whether they like it or not.

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“Dark Blue Girl” directed by Mascha Schilinski (Germany)

Jury response to Dark Blue Girl was strong. It was said that “the pacing of the film was exquisite. It was deliberate and on point within the context of the story… many scenes were cut so perfectly that they linger in the mind for days. [Dark Blue Girl] was a brilliant film [containing] beautifully observed characters and many poignant and memorable scenes. A rare and deeply moving look at this family triangle. The jealousies of childhood are brilliantly captured in this film. Illuminating!”

The World in Your Window follows eight-year-old Jesse, who lives in a twilight world of sadness and silence, squeezed into a tiny caravan with his grief-stricken father. They’re in limbo, existing more than living. The child intuitively understands that looking forward is harder than looking back; that’s where life happens. But they are stuck until an exceptional connection unlocks the means for Jesse to liberate his father and himself. A hopeful story about a surprising act of kindness.

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“The World in Your Window” directed by Zoe McIntosh

The jury loved The World in Your Window’s subtlety and storyline. In the words of the jury: “The World in Your Window speaks of loss and connection. With little dialogue, this satisfying film visually leads you through a story of a father’s grief, a child’s ability to cope, and an unlikely friendship. [It is a] film that surprises and touches your heart.”

And finally, The Curtain tells a tender and moving tale of two hospitalized strangers who develop a unique understanding of each others’ experiences. Through the safety and anonymity of the room’s curtain divider, they reveal painful, intimate details about their lives.

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“The Curtain” directed by Crystal Lowe

Winner of one Matrix Award, jury members found The Curtain notable for its “lovely, subtle moments between two people whose lives are more similar than they know. A story about pain that is also a story about hope and connection You see it in the performances as well as the colour palette of the film. [The Curtain displays a] very creative and satisfying concept and excellent execution.”

Come! Revel once more in these three films’ drama, intrigue, and warmth! Thank you to the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, for providing yet another opportunity to engage with outstanding cinema made by women.

Check out the full list of VIWIFF award winners here and get your tickets here for the Best of the Fest on the Shore.

This event has been made possible thanks to the support of

VIWIFF 2018: Meet the Filmmakers

German filmmaker Claudia Vogt has learned that intuition is tantamount to a film’s success. Trust your gut, she says, and a project will flourish. Her latest film, titled Golden Hour, subtly and sensitively explores the refugee crisis as it affects Germany; she offers viewers a chance to more closely understand the way Germany’s children see a politically and socially charged situation. When asked about the inspiration behind Golden Hour, Vogt said that Germany’s political conversation surrounding Syrian and Iraqi refugees deserved an artistic perspective, and a more intimate one—she “decided to go to a place where children from different cultural, ethnic and social origin come in contact [with each other] every day; at a school.” Her intuition led her correctly, and soon Golden Hour had the full support of the school community, as well as Vogt’s own filmmaking sphere. The result is, as you will soon see during the festival, a delicate and endearing (but still politically resonant) look into the lives of Germany’s most vulnerable, and arguably most insightful, people—it’s children.

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This nuance is perhaps a skill Vogt absorbed while watching the films of Ingmar Bergman and Andrei Tarkovsky, both of whom she cites as major inspirations. She felt a great connection to “their films’ specific imagery and [style of] storytelling, especially how much they knew about the human soul.” Attention to the more transient and ephemeral aspects of human life—it’s soulfulness—is certainly present in Golden Hour. We observe an elementary-school janitor make his rounds from empty classroom to empty classroom, sunlight streaming in through the windows, as he follows the traces left by youngsters full of promise, hope, and imagination. The delightfully candid voices of children narrate his journey, speaking about the goings on of their day at school but also of the adversity they face after migration.

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Vogt’s skill and the strength of her film’s theme allowed her access to funding through the Berlin Project Fund for Cultural Education, a regional support fund for the arts. She says that Germany’s awareness surrounding gender inequality in the film industry has grown, and that funding is a key element in the country’s efforts towards equal opportunity, but that there is always more work to be done. “Of course,” she says, “we need more women in the film industry. Quite clearly, we as female filmmakers still have a lot to do to bring about change and to assert ourselves.” After watching Golden Hour, it is clear that the assertions of Germany’s female filmmakers are exceptionally worthy of the public’s attention. Vogt’s artistry as a filmmaker, combined with her aforementioned intuition, certainly solidifies the need for female perspectives, if that need wasn’t already obvious.

Another German filmmaker whose newest film will be screening at this year’s festival is Claudia Euen—her documentary, In the Shade of the Apple Tree, similarly explores the soulfulness of human life, with equal success. “In the Shade of the Apple Tree is a very personal film,” Euen says. “It was a long process of research, over many years, into my own family history. I decided to make a film to tell the sweet story of my grandparents. To me, they were an extraordinary couple. The starting point of my research was when my own relationship ended; I asked myself with even more intensity, how did they do it? How could their love survive over all those years?” In the Shade follows Ilse and Wolfgang Gutsche, who have been married for 65 incredible years; together, they have faced four social orders, the raising of children, growing old, and all manner of life’s ups and downs. Their love and respect for each other are palpable through the screen. This is certainly due, at least in part, to Euen’s familial connection with Ilse and Wolfgang (she is their granddaughter, after all). But the power of this story also lies in its slow, steady progression; the care and contentment that Ilse and Wolfgang feel as a couple is mirrored by the camera’s repose. A love’s strength lies in its moments of stillness and quietude, so In the Shade would suggest. In Euen’s words, “the film feels very slow because everything moves slowly in their life. The camera is fixed, and life develops before [its lens].”

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Euen made her documentary with a very small crew, and shouldered much of the production work in addition to her role as director. Thankfully, she was able to secure funding from Germany’s government resources—otherwise, we might have never had the opportunity to meet Ilse and Wolfgang. However, Euen states that her success with government funding is not the experience of all female filmmakers. “In Germany, half of all students in film schools are female, but when you look at [the allocation of] funding and awards, there are far more men than women,” she says. “The chief of the MDM (Filmfund in central Germany) said once, that only 25 percent of project applications are from women. Another big problem is that most juries who decide [where the money goes] contain more men than women. This is a big subject of discussion.” Institutional barriers preventing women’s voices from being widely heard are internationally felt, it seems. As, unfortunately, one might expect.

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But hope and consolation are not hard to find, especially with superb cinema such as Golden Hour and In the Shade of the Apple Tree available to enjoy. How lucky are we, to have the work of emerging artists such as Vogt and Euen on Vancouver screens? Not only will their films be screening at this year’s festival, but both filmmakers will be in attendance during the International Women in Film Festival’s bloc of artist talks, taking place on Friday, March 9th. When asked how they feel about travelling to Vancouver and participating in the festival, both stated their enthusiastic excitement. Vogt said that she “is greatly looking forward to attending the festival, meeting other filmmakers, and talking about our films. I am excited and feel honoured. I am sure this journey will be a great experience.” Similarly, Euen expressed enthusiasm for the work of other filmmakers, stating that she is “really looking forward to coming to Canada—to seeing the country, presenting my film to an international audience, and to meeting and talking with people about film and future projects.” I can’t wait to hear more from Vogt and Euen during their time at VIWIFF—cinematic insight will abound!

-Sarah Bakke

In the Shade of the Apple Tree  is screening at 8:30 PM on Wednesday, March 7th with the short film about a man and his cat, KisGet tickets now!

The Golden Hour is screening at 9 PM on Friday, March 9th in the Symbols and Survival shorts block of international gems. Get tickets now!

The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival runs from March 6 – 11th, 2018 at the Vancity Theatres. Don’t miss a diverse selection of local and international short and feature films as well as the workshops, artist talks, parties, panels, & more! Click here for more info on the festival.

Sarah Bakke currently interns at WIFTV, where she gets to write all kinds of film-related material––a cinephile’s dream! When she’s not scribbling film notes or watching movies, Sarah can be found at The Cinematheque as a weekend theatre manager and online at SAD Magazine, in her role as web editor.

VIWIFF 2018 Screenplay Competition Announces 2018 Finalists

This year’s screenplay competition was nearly too close to call! However, after much evaluation through three rounds of judging, we are excited to name our three finalists. One will be chosen to receive the Ken Hayward Award for Best Screenplay at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival Awards Ceremony on Sunday, March 11th.

Ellie Foumbi is an actor/writer/director born in Cameroon, now living in New York and represented by UTA in Los Angeles. Her award-winning short film “Zenith” was a semifinalist in the 44th Student Academy Awards. In her feature-length screenplay “Zenith,” an adopted black Mennonite leaves the rural white community she was raised in and travels to an inner-city neighbourhood to find her biological mother. In the process, she discovers what it means to be black.

Jill Taylor is a British-Canadian screenwriter based out of Toronto. A graduate of the Second City Comedy Writing Program in Chicago, she recently won Best Sitcom Pilot at the 2017 Austin Film Festival. She is represented by Meridian Artists.  “I Need A Hero,” tells the story of a former space hero with a secret who is called on to save the world again – this time with her teenage daughter in tow.

As a freelance writer, Sheri Davenport has been the creative force behind dozens of videos for major corporations and non-profit organizations. She has written a produced short film and a TV pilot and has optioned eleven screenplays/treatments. Her screenplays have won or reached finalist status in a number of writing competitions and film festivals, including the 2015 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival’s inaugural screenplay competition. Welcome back, Sheri, with “Sins of the Father” – when a single mom learns that the sociopath who raped her has a legal right to custody of the child conceived from that rape, she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her son.

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From L – R: Ellie Foumbi, Jill Taylor, & Sheri Davenport

Congratulations to our top three… and one more!

Vancouver writer Sophie Naima Caird’s work has been featured on numerous television shows, and she’s worked in writing rooms in Toronto and Los Angeles. We’re pleased to give Sophie an honourable mention for her first feature script “When He Gets to Her” – a neo-noir where a voyeur with a criminally astute sense of justice runs a service where he kills people who want to die… until his feelings for one of his clients force him into a difficult choice.

A free screenwriting Artists’ Talk at the festival is scheduled for 1:30-2:30pm on Saturday, March 10th, with some of our Finalists and Official Selection screenwriters in attendance. Please join us!

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The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival runs from March 6 – 11th, 2018 at the Vancity Theatres. Don’t miss a diverse selection of local and international short and feature films as well as the workshops, artist talks, parties, panels, & more!

Click here for more info!