11th Annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival lineup

Women in Film and Television Vancouver (WIFTV) is delighted to announce the lineup for the 11th Annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, #VIWIFF2016, March 8th – 13th at VIFF’s Vancity Theatre.

Two local features, Siobhan Devine’s The Birdwatcher and Melanie JonesFSM, will have their hometown premieres.

Camille Sullivan as Saffron

Camille Sullivan as Saffron in The Birdwatcher

The Birdwatcher stars Camille Sullivan as a single mother diagnosed with cancer, who embarks on a journey to re-connect with her estranged birth mother, played by Gabrielle Rose.  Continue reading

Madame Guy-Blaché & The Unkindness of Memory

Alice Guy Be Natural ©riginalParis, 1895. The Lumière brothers host a private screening of the Cinématographe, the world’s first projector of moving images. Amongst the small select group of friends, watching in awe at the birth of cinema, sits a young Alice Guy, secretary to studio owner, Leon Gaumont. She envisions the future of filmmaking and little she knows, she is about to craft it.

By 1896 Alice Guy, better known as Alice Guy-Blaché, had directed one of cinema’s earliest narrative films, La Fee aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy). Pioneering in the use of close-ups, interracial casting, color timing and synchronized sound as early as 1905, Alice wrote, produced or directed more than 1,000 films over a 20-year career. She ran the Gaumont Film Company (now the world’s oldest film studio) with great success for over a decade and later became the first woman to own a motion picture studio called The Solax Company. Continue reading

Media Literacy x WIFTV: Things You Should Know

WIFTV works to raise the awareness about women involved in making TV programs and films, and coordinating opportunities for women to network and support one another. It should come as no surprise then that WIFTV has a big interest in the work of other people and organizations who are working to raise the profile of women in film, or helping to point out the obvious gender disparities in this industry. Groups, websites, and blogs focused on media literacy are a good place to start if you’re interested in learning more about the role of women in TV and film.

Ready to learn more about media literacy? Here are a few things you might want to check out.

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