Women in Film Festival 2011 blog by Women In Film & Television Vancouver www.womeninfilm.ca

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Georgia Straight is Straight Up Great!

We here at the Vancouver Women in Film Festival have always known that the Georgia Straight is the rock star of Van-city publications, so we were quite pleased when the Straight pulled us up on the proverbial stage and rocked our world.

Check out this special shout out for the Vancouver Women in Film Festival!

Vancouver Women In Film Festival

To paraphrase Destiny’s Child: all the women who are independent filmmakers, throw your hands up for this event! With five features (including the opening film Black Field) and more than 40 short films, a digital-media forum, an aboriginal showcase, panel discussions, networking opportunities, pitch sessions, and plenty more, the sixth annual VWIFF will keep your schedule humming along right up to a special short-film showcase on International Women’s Day (March 8).

For more information about our festival, the films, and everything else you want to know: Visit the Women In Film and Television Website!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Look Up!

Have you noticed our new youtube videos? Just look up! (and click on them of course...)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

What are you doing on February 10th? Let's Party!

VWIFF 2011 will be hosting a fabulous meet and greet even with the hippest cats this side of, well, just the hippest cats possible!

Here's your chance to schmooze with local filmmakers featured at this year's Vancouver Women In Film Festival. From first-time directors to veteran feature filmmakers, learn from Producers, Directors, and Writers about the joys and challenges of getting their work up on the big screen. Learn more about the upcoming film festival, and network with other Women In Film & Television members and industry attendees over drinks.

Some attendees this year include these amazing and fabulous friends:

Meeshelle Neal, Producer, and Lisa Newell, Director, of Therapy
Mauri Bernsteinm, Director of Stimulus Package 
Heather Haley, Director of Bushwhack
Natalie Robinson, Director of Inscape 
Rebecca Johanson, Writer/Director of Belle & Emma
Montana Berg, Producer of Leave them Laughing
Siobhan Divine, Writer/Director of Immature
Angelina Cantada, Writer/Director of Sikat
Ana Valine, Director of How Eunice Got Her Baby
Mark Ratzlaff, Director/Producer, and Nimisha Mukerji, Producer of Voodoo
Carolyn Combs, Director/Producer of Small Currents
Tara Hungerford, Director of A Window Looking In
Beth Freeman, Producer of Sisters in Arms

I know! The night is already too amazing for words, but here is something to entice you even more:
Free admission. No host bar. No pre-registration necessary. Everyone Welcome!

Gosh, I know you want to come now!
Here are the intimate details:

Feb 10, 2011 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Moxie's Classic Grill, 1160 Davie Street, Vancouver BC

For the synopsis and times of the films listed above, visit the VWIFF2011 website!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Schedule Shmedule! We Want More! Amazon Falls

Alright, so I know you got super excited when you read the full schedule for the Women in Film Festival weekend extravaganza (how could you not?!), but everyone wants to know more about the films, right?!

So here is a spotlight on the last film of the festival, the amazing Amazon Falls

Jana is a fading B-movie actress who was famous for her roles in Amazon movies playing a variety of pre-Xena warrior-princesses.  Nearing 40 she is desperately trying to keep her leg in the B-movie game and decides to pursue her fading career with a zealous fervor.But new roles are elusive and the clock is ticking.  Will she admit defeat or finally get her break?
This film is brought to life through the absolutely stunning direction of Katrin Bowen. 
Raised in a Mennonite community in Linden, Alberta, to acting in B-movies in Los Angeles, to modeling in Italy, to directing independent films and television in Vancouver, the excellence of Katrin Bowen's films are matched only by her admirable life experiences. 
The Film, Amazon Fall, has a killer website with loads of keen info for anyone who is interested as well as a first-rate press kit, contacts, and a store.
Visit the website here!

To learn more abut Katrin Bowen, her industry history, and her current projects:
visit her website here!

Sundance with me! ?E?ANX (The Cave)

An amazing Vancouver based Production company, Rugged Mediawill show their short film at the prestigious Sundance Film festival this year!

BUT WAIT! There is no need to rush to Utah! Stop packing your bags! Cancel your plane ticket!
You will be able to see it at the 2011 Vancouver Women in Film Festival!

Learn more about the film right here:


Set in 1961 in the Chilcotin Territory of Western Canada, ?E?anx (The Cave) recounts the story of a bear hunter who discovers a secret portal to the spirit world. 

Playing at the Women in Film Festival on Sunday, March 6th at 10:30 am  as part of our Aboriginal Film Showcase.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Digital Media Forum: The Wave of the Future!

As part of the 4th annual Women in Film Festival the New Media Forum is a full day of PANELS, APPLICATIONS, INTERACTIVE EXHIBITS, and NETWORKING. Come join us on Friday, March 4th for a blend of technology, social media, and connectivity; this day will inspire and engage those who want to tell stories in a more interactive space!

The New Media Forum is a must for producers who want to tell stories in a more interactive space and for those interested in recent new media trends. It's a full day of panels, applications, interactive exhibits, and networking. The blend of technology, social media , and interactivity from Getting Your Feet Wired to Emerging Technologies and Trends, New Media Day will inspire and engage.

8:30 AM | Registration / Coffee / Networking

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM | Introduction and Panel #1

Getting Your Feet Wired
A lively discussion from a diverse group of new media professionals about where to step in and how to play. From the perspectives of artists, educators, and entrepreneurs hear how others tried (and learned) to bridge the traditional and new forms.

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM | Panel #2
Social Media How To
"Character" are becoming quite popular on social media platforms. They can help tell the story, allow audience interaction, create "buzz" and keep your fans talking. Our panel of social media savvy gals, with a history in broadcasting, will explore the "effective" and "destructive" ways to use social media in you stories, and give you the low down on how to personally make the best use of it.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM | Panel #3
Emerging Trends and Technology
As storytellers, we need to keep apprised of new and emerging technologies, applications and platforms. Knowing what's in the works allows us to creatively utilize new technologies to tell stories and create "new media". Find out from our technology, business and artistic experts about emerging technologies and trends on the horizon.

2:45 PM – 4:00 PM | Panel #4
Monetizing Your Content

How do you turn your digital content into dollars? How do people finance their new media projects? Every year, more people are doing it. Find out what has worked, what hasn't, what others have learned, and how you can complement your more traditional media by thinking outside the box.

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Reception / Interactivity
Complimentary beer sponsored by Molson

For more information, visit this link!


OH MY GOODNESS! How excited are you guys?!

The Vancouver Women in Film Festival 2011 now has an official schedule for the full festival!
Furthermore, you can also pre-purchase your tickets for the shows and the other very important events happening during the festival!

I know! The excitement is palpable!
Now lets get to the details, shall we?

Opening Night - Friday, March 4th
7:00 pm | Awards and Feature Film Screening

Including feature film: Black Field

9:00 pm | Reception with Silent Auction

For more information on the Awards Ceremony, the Feature Film, the Reception, and the Silent Auction, click here!

Films and Screenings - Saturday, March 5th 
1:00 pm | Female First (Emerging Directors)
Short Films with Talkbacks
Including films: Irradiate, With my Little Eye, Touch, How to Rid your Lover of a Negative Emo Caused by You!, Madame Perrault's BlueBeard, Therapy, Rhonda's Party, Stimulus Packages
3:30 pm | Reel Women (Documentaries)
Short Films with Talkbacks
Including films: Mere Tere, Taire., Bushwhack, Oriana, Cedar and Bamboo, Inscape, The Business of Hope, Hand to Toe, An Exploration in the Art of Giving., Ghost Noise, Belle & Emma
7:00 pm | Feature Film with Talkback
The Neighbour
9:30 pm | Feature Film with Talkback
Leaving Them Laughing

Films and Screenings - Sunday, March 6th 

10:30 am | Aboriginal Film Showcase 

Short Films with Talkback
Including films: ?e?anx the Cave, Ikwe, Button Blanket, Winter's Wind, Tashina, The Road Forward, Cry Rock
1:00 pm | Narratives
Short Films with Talkback
Including films: Immature, The Homestead, Flawed, Four Sisters, Grandmere, Tora
3:30 pm | Narratives
Short Films with Talkback
Including Films: Near Silence, Sikat, Sophie Lavoie, How Eunice Got Her Baby, Her Man Plan, Voodoo, Small Current, The Translator, Exposed
6:00 pm | Feature Film with Talkback
A Window Looking In, Sisters in Arms
8:00 pm | Feature Film & Closing Awards
Amazon Falls

Keep checking back to the blog for information on individual films, and other Film Festival Events!