From Our Dark Side genre contest holds info session in Vancouver December 9

Women in Film & Television Vancouver is pleased to host a free information session about the From Our Dark Side Genre Concept Contest, followed by a seasonal meet-and-greet networking event.

Tuesday, December 9, from 7-10 PM

Location: Pull Focus, #4-306 Abbott Street (Buzz Code: #8) Vancouver, B.C.  Continue reading

Meet Amanda Tapping, Director/Actor/Producer & Contest Mentor

Amanda Tapping_photoAmanda Tapping is best known for her role as Colonel Samantha Carter on Stargate SG-1. She went on to produce, direct and star in Sanctuary, which lasted for 4 seasons and is seen in over 170 countries. She continues to act in film and television, but has been spending the majority of her time directing for such shows as Continuum, Primeval: New World, Arctic Air, Strange Empire and Olympus.

She proudly sits on The Directors Guild of Canada’s Directors Advisory Committee and Women in Film and Televisions Advocacy Committee. She also runs the non-for-profit Sanctuary for Kids. Continue reading

Frontières Market partners up with Genre Writing Contest From Our Dark Side

The Frontières International Co-Production Market is the first and only co-production market to connect North America and Europe with a specific focus on genre film. Started in 2012 as part of the Fantasia International Film Festival (which has been featuring genre films since 1996), Frontières has since developed into a biannual transatlantic circuit – taking place in Montreal in July at Fantasia, and Brussels in April at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.  Continue reading

Profile: Contest Mentor and Director/Producer Rachel Talalay

Rachel TRachel Talalay has worked as a director, producer, and writer in film and television over 25 years – in the UK, the US and Canada.

In 2014 she became the 7th woman to direct Doctor Who in its 51-year history, shooting the two-part finale of Series 8.

Her eclectic resume includes directing Tank Girl, Freddy’s Dead (Nightmare on Elm Street 6), Wind in the Willows, award-winning mini-series (Terminal City, Durham County and Dice) and more than 70 hours of television in the US, UK and Canada from Ally McBeal to Without a Trace, Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) to Touching Evil. 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

Fashion flared at WIFTV’s Moulin Madness party

The WIFTV Moulin Madness Organizers - Wendy D Photography

The WIFTV Moulin Madness Organizers – Wendy D Photography

Fashion flared last night at Women in Film and Television Vancouver’s latest edition of Martini Madness- officially launching the Vancouver Film Festival’s industry conference with utter magnificence. The Vancouver Fan Club became Moulin Rouge for the night, and I’m sure they will be finding feathers and sparkles in random crevices for many years to come. Continue reading

Producer Robyn Wiener takes flight with Black Fly

“I love the creative challenge of making films and love working with creative people” - Robyn Wiener, producer.

“I love the creative challenge of making films and love working with creative people” – Robyn Wiener, producer.  Photo by Wendy D

Past president of Women in Film + Television Vancouver and long-time member Robyn Wiener is an energetic, committed film producer who loves a challenge—and with over 50 professional credits she has obviously risen to many of the trials and tribulations that filmmaking can bring.

Her latest film to grace the screens at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is Black Fly, written and directed by Jason Bourque & produced by Ken Frith of Gold Star Productions.

Robyn had known Jason for a number of years and they talked about working together on other projects. Then Black Fly came along and she knew right away she wanted to be involved.  Continue reading

A Renaissance Revolution – VIWIFF Catalyst For Change Discussion

Late one night, with tummies full of Tojo’s, Rawiya and Sophia lay comatose in bed.

Suddenly, Rawiya awoke from her slumber in a fit, “I just had the most crazy-ass dream!” Rousing her partner, “I was kayaking off Jericho when a huge grey whale popped up and told me I was pregnant. It said the baby would either grow up to become a great filmmaker who inspires and entertains billions or live a lifetime of struggle just to have their voice heard.”

Rawiya’s eyes widened, “It was a sperm whale! Do you think…”  Continue reading