From rough cut to festival: How WIFTV and the Film & Media Showcase helped me finish a film

By Sandra Ignagni

Sandra Ignagni Picture-3Once a month Vancouver filmmakers gather at the Film & Media Showcase to watch a selection of short and feature-length films in a casual and supportive environment. Co-hosted by three artist-focused British Columbia organizations – Women in Film + Television Vancouver, Cineworks and DOC BC – the event offers filmmakers an opportunity to screen their work and discuss their creative process – both successes and challenges.

Last summer, WIFTV selected my short documentary One Step at a Time: A Story About Women and Shoes for screening at the showcase. The film, a portrait of four young women in Toronto and Vancouver who are embarking on unconventional careers in the traditionally male-dominated fields of cobbling and shoemaking, was decidedly in rough-cut stage. Continue reading

Trapped in Liminality: Tinatin Kajrishvili’s Brides Challenges Women’s Role in the Family

Brides_StillTinatin Kajrishvili’s first feature film, Brides (Patardzlebi, Georgia, 2014) is an unusual and unpredictable story of a limitless love in an unforgiving world. The film challenges the strength and survival of passionate love between Nusta (Mari Kitia), a young Georgian mother, and her husband Goga (Giorgi Maskharashvili), a man carrying out his seven-year prison sentence in Tbilisi. Their relationship is put to a test when Nutsa realizes Goga is not the only one trapped in a box. Nutsa is forced to push the boundaries of her commitment to the man she loves, and must reconcile with the anguish of waiting in the unknown. Continue reading

Vampire Superstition in Eastern Europe – The Cursed Days at #VIWIFF2016

The Cursed Days_Nataša NinkovićDid you know that the word “vampir” (vampire) originated in Serbia? The vampire superstition started in the 18th century when, as legend has it, a villager was accused of killing nine people after his death. Continue reading

Genius In The Wild – Nell Shipman’s Story at #VIWIFF2016

Nell Shipman dog lake shot95 years ago, she drove dogsleds, pioneered the nude scene and insisted in the human treatment of her animals’ co-stars. She lost everything but heart. And then she vanished . . .  Continue reading

Snapshot of Syria: The Girl, Whose Shadow Reflects the Moon at #VIWIFF2016

TheGirlWhoseShadowReflectsTheMoon_Image01I’ve always loved film as a platform for creativity, awareness and innovation. As someone who wants to pursue a career in this industry I find myself constantly trying to find time to read reviews, research technical tricks and of course watch movies. The Girl, Whose Shadow Reflects the Moon has a narrator who also shares my passion for filmmaking and thus I immediately connected to her story.

This short film begins with a shot of the sun and the filmmaker, Walaa Al Alawi, telling us about the movie she’s writing. Walaa is 16, living in Dara’a, Syria. Her voice depicts a person that is both humble and self-assured. I don’t want to give away too much of the content, as it is not a very long film. But essentially this movie displays a young, creative woman who wants to share her story but is living in very unfortunate circumstances, being moved from one war stricken country to the next.  Continue reading

#FromOurDarkSide FAQs

**as asked during the recent info sessions***

Remember: The submission deadline for Season 2 ends on January 4th, 2016 at midnight Pacific Time.

A snapshot of participants of our Dec. 17 online session on zoom!

A snapshot of participants of our Dec. 17 online session on zoom!

Q: Does my protagonist have to be female?
A: Yes, they must be female. The idea of the contest is to increase the number of women in front as well as behind the camera. This includes interesting female characters. Continue reading

Meet Suzanne MacLennan, VFX producer and #FromOurDarkSide Mentor

Suzanne MacLennan at work with a real bow from the TV series Arrow!

Suzanne MacLennan at work with a real bow from the TV series Arrow!

Suzanne MacLennan is a senior visual effects producer whose recent productions include the television series Arrow, The 100 and Once Upon A Time. Suzanne says she enjoys the entire production process from initial concept script through screening final shots, “except waiting for CG renders, which is never awesome.”

WIFTV is delighted to have Suzanne on the team of #FromOurDarkSide visual effects mentors!

We spoke with Suzanne about her take on genre and what being a mentor means to her: Continue reading

Meet Digital Media Strategist, #FromOurDarkSide mentor, Annelise Larson

Annelise LarsonIf you’re enjoying #FromOurDarkSide’s daily Facebook links to women working in genre worldwide, you’ve got Annelise Larson to thank for! Annelise joined the From Our Dark Side mentor pool last year and has been one of our most prolific mentors – guiding all of the 2015 mentorship recipients towards a successful digital strategy for their films.

Annelise comes from a background as an indie producer and writer but has worked in the field of digital marketing for over 20 years. Her focus is helping content creators and storytellers define, find, attract and engage their audiences and work toward strategic and sustainable digital business models. Her groundbreaking online course, Becoming a Storypreneur: Digital Marketing for Screen Media is running its fourth cohort across Canada, with a cohort from Sweden scheduled to start in the new year. Continue reading