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

#VIWIFF2015 Award Winners

Pauline Egan with the Legacy Awards trophy

Pauline Egan with the Legacy Awards trophy

The 2015 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival is a wrap! It was a wonderful, five-day event filled with film screenings, workshops, parties and an award show.

Congratulations to all participating festival filmmakers for their magnificent work, many thanks to all sponsors, community partners, media partners, volunteers and organizers for the hard work and the social media shoutouts, which made all the difference!

The following awards were announced on Closing Night, March 8, at the Vancity Theatre. Continue reading

Inaugural From Our Dark Side genre writing competition announces top five winners

DarkSide-websiteVampires, werewolves, zombies, space travel, ghosts and suspense– Oh my! Women know their genre. Women In Film + Television Vancouver’s (WIFTV) inaugural #FromOurDarkSide genre writing competition has received over 250 imaginative film concept submissions written by Canadian women. The national English-language competition seeks to discover the best in Canadian women-driven Genre Film ideas.

“We were blown away by the sheer number of applications from across the country for this competition’s debut. It is exceptional and kudos to all that applied,” says Melissa Kajpust, Head of Development, Super Channel. Continue reading

#VIWIFF2015 Screenplay Competition Announces Finalists

The jury for the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival Screenplay Competition had a tough task ahead of them when narrowing down the Official Selections list in order to determine who this year’s nominated Finalists would be. The commitment to the craft of screenwriting is on full display in this year’s top ten list, but only three could move on.  Continue reading

Catharine Parke’s Short Doc Very Good Dirt to screen at #VIWIFF2015

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***update: Catharine Parke’s short documentary Very Good Dirt will screen in the shorts section “Around the World in Eight Shorts” on Saturday, March 7th, at 7 PM at the 2015 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival. WIFTV President Carleen Kyle spoke with Catharine about her film a few months ago for the blog post below.***

Catharine Parke wears many hats. The WIFTV member is an accomplished documentary and factual television professional winning Leo Awards for Best Direction in an Information or Lifestyle Series for Get Stuffed, Best Screenwriting in a Documentary Program or Series for Ice Pilots NWT and a Producer nomination in the Best Information or Lifestyle Series category for She’s Crafty.

I called her up to ask about her short documentary, Very Good Dirt being selected by Telefilm Canada for the 7th edition of Not Short on Talent.

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Margarita, with a Straw to open Vancouver International Women in Film Festival March 4-8, 2015

Indian actor Kalki Koechlin stars as the lead in #VIWIFF2015's opening film "Margarita, with a Straw"

Indian actor Kalki Koechlin stars as the lead in the #VIWIFF15 opening film “Margarita, with a Straw”

Women in Film and Television is pleased to announce that the hit at TIFF, Margarita, with a Straw (India) will be the Opening Night Film of the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, March 4 – 8. Directed by Shonali Bose (Amu), the uplifting movie is an inspirational love story and portrait of a woman discovering what she wants, and how to get it. WIFTV is pleased to showcase this work among a great line up of local and international films.  Continue reading

WIFTV 25th Anniversary Retrospective presents encore screening of Brishkay Ahmed’s daring doc Story of Burqa

burqa photo 2Afghan-Canadian director Brishkay Ahmed‘s daring tale of the origin and future of the burqa, a garment tied to the image of Afghanistan, was one of 17 films handpicked to celebrate the creativity of BC women filmmakers in a matinee retrospective on January 17 and 18. Continue reading

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