The Countdown is on for the From Our Dark Side Genre-writing Contest

DarkSide-website_0000_headerIn just a few days, on Thursday January 15th, 2015 – at the midnight hour (11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, to be exact), the From Our Dark Side genre writing contest submission phase ends. We hope your story will have made the deadline!

From Our Dark Side is a national English-language contest seeking the best in Canadian female-driven Genre Film ideas, written by women. Continue reading

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

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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

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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Profile: Karen Lam, Horror Filmmaker & From Our Dark Side Contest Mentor

Karen.Hycroft_dark.08Karen Lam has worked full-time in the film and television industry since 2000. Starting her career as a producer and entertainment lawyer, Karen has produced four feature films, eight short films and three television series. Her first short film as a writer/director, The Cabinet won the NSI Drama Prize in 2006. She has since written nine feature film screenplays, and directed eight short films, a music video, and two feature films, Stained (2010) and Evangeline (2013). She is currently in production on her first web series, commissioned by Telus Optik TV.

Women in Film + Television Vancouver board member Sharon McGowan spoke with Karen about the importance of genre filmmaking from a female POV. Continue reading

VIWIFF 2014 lined up

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.

Evangeline

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Mina Shum to Host Festival Spotlight Awards

MINA SHUM TO HOST SPOTLIGHT AWARDS – GALA TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Established in 1999, the Spotlight Awards˙ have brought together the BC Film community to celebrate the outstanding achievements of BC women in screen-based media.  WIFTV is pleased and proud to announce that Mina Shum will host The Spotlight Awards Gala˙ on Thursday, March 8th, 2012 (International Women’s Day) – the opening night of the 7th Annual Vancouver Women in Film Festival. Celebrate with us (WIFTV Members $25, General $35): more information and advance tickets available at http://www.womeninfilm.ca/Spotlight_Gala.html

Mina Shum is an award-winning independent Canadian filmmaker. She has written and directed 3 feature films, numerous shorts and created two site specific video installations. Her features, Double Happiness and Long LifeHappiness and Prosperity both premiered in the US at the Sundance Film Festival and Double Happiness won the Wolfgang Staudte Prize for Best First Feature at the Berlin Fim Festival and the Audience Award at Torino.  Her short film, Hip Hop Mom, screens as part of the Hopes Dreams and Schemes program of this year’s festival on Sunday March 11th at 6pm.

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