Meet Story Editor and #FromOurDarkSide Consultant Carrie Gadsby

Carrie GadsbyCarrie Gadsby is a Vancouver-based story editor and analyst for feature film, who has lived in Los Angeles, where she worked in development for Oliver Stone. A freelancer, Carrie has also worked extensively with Telefilm Canada and Super Channel.

Working collaboratively and intimately with writers has always been her true passion, says Gadsby in a recent e-interview. Most recently, she was involved in the book adaptation of The Dwelling with Robert Cuffley, and as story editor for WIFTV member Suzanne Crocker’s multiple award winning documentary All The Time In The World. Continue reading

Meet Suzanne MacLennan, VFX producer and #FromOurDarkSide Mentor

Suzanne MacLennan at work with a real bow from the TV series Arrow!

Suzanne MacLennan at work with a real bow from the TV series Arrow!

Suzanne MacLennan is a senior visual effects producer whose recent productions include the television series Arrow, The 100 and Once Upon A Time. Suzanne says she enjoys the entire production process from initial concept script through screening final shots, “except waiting for CG renders, which is never awesome.”

WIFTV is delighted to have Suzanne on the team of #FromOurDarkSide visual effects mentors!

We spoke with Suzanne about her take on genre and what being a mentor means to her: Continue reading

Twisting and Shaking – Writer-Producer, #FromOurDarkSide Mentor Karen Walton About Writing Genre

Karen WaltonWomen in Film and Television Vancouver is delighted to announce Karen Walton has joined the mentor pool of the #FromOurDarkSide genre lab!

Karen Walton is a critically acclaimed screen and television writer-producer, whose genre work includes the cult classic horror, Ginger Snaps and writing for the first two seasons of the hit sci-fi series, Orphan Black. A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre, her trophy collection includes a Canadian Comedy Award for Pretty Funny Screenplay, Canadian Screen Awards for Best Dramatic Series and Best Writing in a Television Movie or Miniseries. She was recently named the 2016 Margaret Collier Award winner for her outstanding body of work as a writer by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

Karen spoke with us about what genre means to her. Continue reading

Congratulations to our FB Contest Winner

Winner of the VWIFF FaceBook Essay contest announced!

We would like to congratulate Erin Aubrey! Erin is the winner of our FB wall contest. Erin will receive two free passes to the Vancouver Women in Film Festival opening tomorrow night with the Spotlight Awards Gala.


Win Two Free Passes to the Festival!

VWIFF Pre-Festival Contests

Katherine Hepburn

Outspoken, independent, glamourous, funny. No one could take me outside of my limited childhood experience and demonstrate what a woman could be like Katherine Hepburn.

Okay, I’m not eligible to compete, but I thought I’d give it a try. It’s not easy to express an idea in just 25 words! Let’s see if you can do better.

Our FaceBook Essay Contest:

In 25 words, tell us ‘The importance of women in film’ or ‘Which woman in film inspires you’. Post it to our wall for your chance to win a pair of 2012 Vancouver Women in  Film Festival passes!

Our Twitter Photo Contest:

We have a photo contest running on Twitter. If you post a picture with you & VWIFF advertising, you could win a pair of passes!

Our YouTube Video Contest:

Or if you lean toward acting or moving images, try your hand at a short video.

We are having a YouTube contest, too! Act out a scene from a film or television show featuring a female lead!  Win two passes to the festival.

Don’t forget to tell your friends and fans about your entries, and get them to retweet and like them, because that’s how the winners will be chosen!

Get an Early Start on Your Filmmaking Career

Powell River Film Festival Feb. 16-19, 2011

The deadline has passed for this year’s Powell River Film Festival’s 5-minute Film Contest 2012, but you can still attend the festival if you live near enough, or want to make the trek up to Power River. Some great prizes such as script consultations, workshops and intensive programs await the winners of this year’s youth contest, all amateur filmmakers, depending on the category, under the age of 19, between 15 and 19 or under 15! All genres of films are accepted and past winners have included dramas, comedies, animation, documentaries, and unique one-of-a-kind films. To view a sample of last years winners, click here.

The Girls in The Band

The Powell River Film Festival itself will be held February 16-19, 2012. Some the Film Festival showings feature strong women filmmakers, such as director Lisa Langseth’s Pure, Director Suzanne Chisolm & Michael Parfit’s The Whale, Director Judy Chaikin’s The Girls in The Band, Pink Ribbons, Inc. by Director/Writer Lea Pool, and 40 Days at Base Camp by award winning Director Diane Whelan and Editor Janice Brown. This new documentary opened at the 2011 Banff Mountain Film Festival after opening at the Vancouver International Film Festival, with sold out screenings and critical acclaim. For more info or tickets, click here.