Patricia Gruben talks Women & Science Fiction

For me, the definition of science fiction is “What if…?” This open question inspires filmmakers to stretch the boundaries of the genre in every direction – style, theme, and narrative structure – and get away with it. It allows us to ask questions like “What if people changed gender halfway through their lives?” “What if we could build androids with empathy?” “What if we could change the past and thus change the future?” and ultimately “Who are we?” “Who could we be?” “How do we know what we know?” Continue reading

FROM OUR DARK SIDE contest seeks the best in Canadian female-driven Genre Film ideas

DarkSide-website_0000_headerMutants, fairies, aliens, werewolves, ghosts, psychopaths…oh my! Women in Film and Television Vancouver (WIFTV), with the support of Super Channel, Telefilm Canada and Creative B.C., presents a national English-language contest seeking the best in Canadian female-driven Genre Film ideas.

Female writers are invited to submit their 3-5 page outlines by January 15, 2015 for a chance to win a mentorship package designed to help them get their projects to the screen.

Genre films can include thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, horror – or an imaginative combination of these. Continue reading