Fifth Annual Women in Film Festival at Vancity Theatre this weekend is packed with great films and people

Come out and see what WIFF 2010 is about this year. Women are making strides in the film industry - remember Kathryn Bigelow’s Academy Award for Best Director at the Oscars! The Festival showcases and promotes the great work being done by women in writing, producing, directing, lead acting, or editing roles.

Inspiring and educating the next generation of female filmmakers!

I went to the annual Women in Film Festival (WIFF at womeninfilm.ca) this weekend at the Vancity Theatre. Robyn Wiener, President Women in Film and Television Vancouver ( WIFTV ), suggested I come out and see what WIFF 2010 was about this year. Women are making strides in the film industry. Case in point:  Kathryn Bigelow’s Academy Award for Best Director at the Oscars. The Festival showcases and promotes  work being done by women in writing, producing, directing, lead acting, or editing roles.

I spoke with Roslyn Muir, Chair and Director of the Festival, on Saturday about WIFF. Please click on the audio link to listen to 15 minute informative interview on the mission, goals, and highlights of WIFF 2010.

Roslyn Muir, Chair and Director of the Festival ( photo courtesy of Wendy D photography ) 15 minute audio interview:

 

Saturday and Sunday will be filled with an exhibitor showcase, panel discussions, pitching sessions, and short films from 35 first time and veteran female filmmakers produced in countries such as New Zealand, Egypt, USA, Saudi Arabia and Canada.

On Saturday evening, Vancouver director Penelope Buitenhuis will present her feature film A Wake. This poignant mystery, entirely  improvised , stars Nicholas Campbell (DaVinci’s Inquest), Sarain Boylan, who appeared in last year’s opening film The Baby Formula, and Kristopher Turner from Instant Star.

Real women - Real life. Support WIFF and wear a badge! ( photo courtesy: http://wendyd.ca )

 

Opening night festivities will include the presentation of two awards: the Legacy Awards ($3,000 in cash awards, presented by Deboragh Gabler, CEO/Producer at Legacy Filmworks for outstanding achievement in film) and the WIDC Feature Film Award (a $100,000 in kind prize, administered by Creative Women Workshops Association, whicih is designed to encourage more feature films directed by women in BC).

One very popular aspect of the WIFF are the one-on-one 10 minute pitching sessions, which enable people to pitch their project directly to leading film industry professionals

pitchsessions

Sean Cossey (Casting Director), Tyman Stewart (Characters Talent Agency), Murray Battle (Knowledge), John Dippong (Telefilm), Robert Hardy (CTV Western Production), and Stacey Landers and Liam Cripps (Papery Films).

 

On Sunday, the filmmaker panel is “A Film and Television Industry Market Update; Facing the Hard Facts” which will be moderated by award-winning WIDC producer Carol Whiteman, sponsored by CWWA through the support of the CTVglobemedia-CHUM Benefits.

The weekend WIFF schedule:

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