Well before the summer air turns crisp, filmmakers of all fields begin to plan for festival season. It’s a time of year when our consuming careers demand that we emerge out of the vortex of production and gather for an efficient dose of networking and reconnecting with friends and colleagues. Having old friends intermingled with new talent we have yet to meet provides us with a ripe and fertile circumstance; within which we get to expand our universes.
Our hometown film festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) has become a celebration of West Coast talent within a vibrant international community. Women in Film and Television Vancouver continues to be involved with that in as many ways as we can imagine. Continue reading →
DIRECTOR MINA SHUM CHATS WITH VWIFF’S ALLISON EVAN
AE: Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you got started as a director?
MS: I always wanted to tell stories. Ever since I was a little girl, I would copy people’s conversations on the bus, in my journal. I wanted people to plug into my brain, and see what I see and feel what I feel.
AE: What are the most exciting projects for you to work on and why?
MS: There are a couple of factors. One: putting myself in a situation I’ve never been in before. For me, the most important pieces of work are ones in which I can actually help people. If I can capture something so specific, and human… if I can do that, that’s the most exciting work.
AE: What is it you like better about short films than features?
MS: I think every story, every question every theme that I am interested in, has the perfect expression. Hip Hop Mom is a small idea, meant for people to see on the internet. The brilliance of a short, even though it’s as much work as doing a feature film, is that you can concentrate on the skills that you are honing. It’s tapping into what I’m feeling right now.
The validation of something like the Women in Film Festival accepting the film is: Oh! I’m on the right track. It’s kind of like snacking in between meals.
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 athttp://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 Life, Happiness and Prosperityboth premiered in the US at the Sundance Film Festival and Double Happinesswon 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.