WIFTV announces #VIWIFF2016 Festival Awards

The exhilarating week that marked the 11th Annual Vancouver Int’l Women in Film Festival (#VIWIFF2016) kicked off with a bang on International Women’s Day, March 8. The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) chose our venue to announce its groundbreaking initiative that 50 per cent of future NFB productions will be directed by women.

The festival week that ensued featured a plethora of films created by women from all over world, and offered numerous opportunities for networking and professional development.

The festival came to a close on Sunday, March 13, with the annual awards gala. Continue reading

Space is Filling Up for Festival Pitch Sessions

Reserve a Spot Now and Sell Your Ideas!

Don’t pass up this amazing opportunity to pitch your film and media ideas to a stellar panel of professionals at the festival. A pitch session is a one-on-one non-public session that is conducted in an open room in a “speed dating” style. You may book one-on-one 10 minute pitching sessions and pitch your project directly to the leading film industry professionals introduced below.

Friday, March 9, 2012 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Milano Espresso Lounge Gastown

36 Powell Street, Vancouver BC

WIFTV Members $10 + hst | Regular Rate $15 + hst To reserve click here.


Please ensure that the person who you are pitching to relates to your project. Before signing up, do your research ahead of time, both on the company you are interested in pitching to and on the pitch professional personally, to see if it’s a good fit.


For full profiles on the companies and their experts, please click on their names to go to the Women in Film Vancouver website.


The NFB is interested in Documentary, Digital stories (see http://www.nfb.ca/interactive) and Auteur Animation (no TV animated series).

Tracey Friesen joined the National Film Board of Canada as producer almost 11 years ago and in 2007 became executive producer at the Pacific & Yukon Centre, which is now relocated in the landmark Woodward’s district. In this capacity, she works with the independent community to create innovative and socially relevant documentaries, animation and original digital content.

Jen Moss joined the National Film Board of Canada’s Digital Studio in Vancouver in 2011, after working as a freelance writer on a number of their digital projects. At the NFB Jen works closely with the interactive team to ensure that whatever the complex presentation of the digital projects under consideration, the stories at the heart of them remain clear.


Super Channel is interested in Comedy Series, Documentary, Feature Film, Reality Show, and Scripted TV.

 Maureen Levitt joined Super Channel, Canada’s only national English Pay TV service, at its inception in 2007. As Creative Development Executive she works with the independent production community in Western Canada and the Territories to develop their feature length films and documentaries intended for theatrical release.


Tim Brown photo

Joker Films is interested in receiving pitches for Feature Films. In July 2009, Tim Brown  founded Joker Films from the basement of his home in North Vancouver. Although the company was new to the global production/distribution landscape Tim was not. In his first 24 months since founding Joker Films Tim has Executive Produced over 11 films. In addition, Tim is currently producing 2 feature films.


Media Capital Group provides specialized lending solutions to the Media and Entertainment sector. Their extensive network of relationships and collective knowledge has positioned Media Capital Group as a leader in our sector. Ross Mrazek, Managing Director is looking for high quality producers with film and television productions requiring interim financing against tax credits, broadcast license agreements and/or distribution agreements. Ross has proven experience in evaluating and providing senior and subordinated debt, corporate finance and advisory services and interim production financing for film and television.  Their clients include a wide variety of independent film and television producers.


Telefilm will only be accepting Feature Film proposals for all genres (drama, comedy, horror etc.) Bill Hurst has been with Telefilm Canada for 19 years as a Content Analyst where he has contributed to funding decisions mainly by evaluating the creative aspects of feature film projects, both in development and production. He also served as Interim Regional Feature Film Executive during a period in 2011. His background is as a writer and story editor.


Omni Film’s unscripted department develops and produces factual and lifestyle television series in a variety of genres as well as documentaries. We tend not to develop series for teens or children. They do not produce feature films nor animation. For more info please see www.omnifilm.com/development.shtml.  In her role as Development Manager for Omni Film Productions, Corinna Hagel supports the Partners and the scripted and unscripted departments in the development of factual and lifestyle series, documentaries and scripted drama and comedy for television. This includes reviewing pitches, collaborating on developing new show ideas, strategy and research support for new projects, developing and designing pitch materials, and providing corporate and production publicity and marketing support.