#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

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

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

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

Closing Night Ceremony & Awards

After four amazing days, the Closing Night Ceremony ended the festival on a high note with the presentation of the Legacy and Festival Awards and a closing reception to toast the success of all of VIWIFF’s filmmakers.

Legacy Awards

Legacy Award – 1st Place
Mimi and Me, Canada / BC
Directed by Marly Reed

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Director of Mimi & Me, Marly Reed

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Old Classics & New Favorites: Festival Films You’ll Love Based On Your Current Favorites

Choosing which film to go to see at a film festival is tough–there’s only one screening, and tickets for films are sold in a block of time so you want to know the screening you pick is the best one.  To help you decide which film to see, here are some comparisons to some beloved films and shows already out there so you can see which must-see film could be added to your list of favorites.

If you like Orange is the New Black you’ll love Pretty Bitch

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Pretty Bitch by Rebecca Coley is the first film that will be shown during our festival. It is a hard film, but so worth the watch: the main character is a young woman in prison whose sense of divine justice makes Pennsatucky’s religious fervor pale in comparison…

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Funny Girl: Best of VIWIFF 2014’s Comedies

Who says women aren’t funny? This  year’s VIWIFF lineup has comedies from all over the world. If you’re looking for laughs, these films are your best bets to tickle your funny bone.

The Meeting
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Karen Lam’s The Meeting is her second film showing at VIWIFF (her feature-length supernatural thriller, Evangeline, is opening the festival). This dark comedy focuses on a group of serial killers in the midst of, well, supporting one another at their weekly AA-esque support group. One can’t stop bragging about his finesse with weaponry, another is hung up on his creepy fetishes, while the rest argue about group dynamics. Will a surprise visit from a lost person looking for another meeting prove helpful in vanquishing their troubles, or tempt them into relapse?

Saturday, March 8th @ 7:00 pm

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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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