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

Monday, February 28, 2011

Amazing deals from Miss604.com and Rossoee Indian Kitchen!

Do you like blogs? Do you like food?
Do you like reading blogs that offer wicked free food?

Well, my goodness, are you in for a treat!

Rebecca Bollwitt, the awesome blogger behind the website http://www.miss604.com has written a blog about the Vancouver Women in Film Festival that recaps all of the awesome that will happen from March 4th to 6th.

Teaming up with Rebecca is Rosoee Indian Kitchen. Rasoee is a new eat-in or take-out Indian restaurant on Robson Street (at Hamilton) and they are also the caterers/sponsors of the Women in Film Festival’s opening reception. 

Together they have created the most excellent way to celebrate VWIFF, which is offering some free food and free tickets to events!

They are offering:

Spotlight Gala
Two tickets to the Opening Night screening of Black Field, gala reception tickets
Saturday March 5, 2011 – Schedule
Two tickets to a screening of The Neighbour
Two tickets to a screening of Leave Them Laughing
Sunday March 6, 2011 – Schedule
Two tickets to a Our Journeys – Narrative Shorts Part 2 with Talkback
Two tickets to a screening of A Window Looking In & Sisters in Arms
Two tickets to a screening of Amazon Falls
All winners will also receive a gift certificate for lunch or dinner at Rasoee. Here’s how you can enter to win tickets and a complimentary meal at Rasoee:

  • Hop over to her blog and comment on this post!  (1 entry)

  • Leave a comment on the Miss604 Facebook Contest Tab with a name of a WIFF 2011 film (1 entry)

  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)

  • I entered to win @VWIFF2011 tickets from @Rasoee & @Miss604 http://ow.ly/40AJj
    Rebecca will draw all 6 winners (at random, from all combined entries) on Friday, February 25th at 12:00pm.


    Saturday, February 26, 2011

    Wanna know who your talking to?

    Here is some more info on the hottest things to come to digital media since slice bread (as seen on an iPad)!

    Clare Hodge, Programmer, Digital Media Forum
    Clare Hodge is a Producer and Project Manager in film, television and interactive with more than 20 hours credited as producer. Hodge produced the feature film “Love and Other Dilemmas” (Maple Pictures) which was theatrically released across Canada in 2008. She acted as Multi-platform Project Content Manager of “Ice Pilots NWT” website and Creative Manager of two online video venues affiliated with Super Channel, producing the cross-platform production “Super U Winners Showcase”. She has produced numerous award-winning short dramas and acted as Associate Producer on the film “Saint Monica” and the network TV series “Alice, I Think” (CTV/Comedy Network). Hodge has held positions including Business Analyst at British Columbia Film’s Tax Credit Program and Operations Manager of Women in Film.

    Moderator: Justine Bizzocchi
    Panellists: Rochelle Grayson, Rae Hull

    As a Technology Manager at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia Canada, Justine Bizzocchi works with faculty researchers specializing in new media, entertainment technology and e-learning systems. Justine is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Film and Television. She has over 30 years experience working in film, television and new media both independently and with such organizations as the Banff New Media Institute (HorizonZero), the National Film Board of Canada, KCTS Television, and the Centre for Image and Sound Research.  She was a key member of the start-up team for both Vancouver Coop Radio and Cineworks Film Production Coop.

    Rochelle Grayson, CEO of BookRiff, is a consumer and digital media executive with 20 years of business, technology, and entertainment experience. She has led and launched several innovative digital media initiatives, working with a combination of both highly analytical and creative individuals. Rochelle is equally comfortable discussing digital media business models, social media trends, online community building, and internet and mobile technologies. Since 2008, Rochelle has been nominated as one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women, named “The New Executive Cool Hunter”, awarded Vancouver’s Top Forty Under 40, and listed as one of Vancouver's Top 10 Technology Women.

    Rae Hull is a media expert whose extensive career has seen her in both front of  - and behind the camera – and as a senior executive leading the development of new television and online content.  She has worked for CBC and CTV, on projects for PBS, Discovery and the History Channel and most recently as Creative Director of CODE, the Cultural Olympiad’s digital edition where she developed an unprecedented series of digital content projects for the 2010 Winter Games, working with several teams to see them realized.  In 2001, she led the development and production of ZeD for CBC Television, one of the world’s first multi-platform interactive series. Her work has been recognized with several awards and she is a recipient of WIFVV Woman of the Year.

    Moderator: Sarah Muff
    Panellists: Nadia Aly, Rebecca Coleman, Nimisha Mukerji

    Sarah Muff describes herself as a transdisciplinary creative. Her work experience intersects art, audience, education and change through the public sector. Her current projects include MAX: Metro Vancouver’s new online arts and culture guide and programming for Knowledge. Sarah has worked as a curator, manager, marketer and educator for Canadian Images at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth and Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society. She holds a Bachelor of Media Arts from Emily Carr University and a Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.

    Nadia Aly says she “can’t let Vancouver go”. Born in Toronto, the 26-year-old self-described social-media guru is an online community manager for Microsoft. She works out of the computing giant’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington, but resides in both Vancouver and Seattle. Aly also sits on the board of W2 Community Media Arts, whose website she developed, and runs People Vancouver, a Ning-based community site. Her latest projects are Canada Cheers 2012, a site for Canadian bloggers covering the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and London Games 2012. In 2009, Aly earned a master’s degree in digital media from the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and B.C. Institute of Technology after studying at Great Northern Way Campus.

    Rebecca Coleman has been a freelance arts publicist for 10 years, primarily in theatre. An actor, writer and producer, she is also very passionate about helping artists to be better businesspeople. A blogger and writer, she has  written a book called The Guide to Getting Started With Social Media for Artists and Arts Organizations, which helps newbies  create a marketing plan using social networking as a tool. She is the publicist for The Beast of Bottomless Lake, an independent feature film, and administrator for The Babz Chula Lifeline for Artists Society.

    Nimisha Mukerji is a Gemini nominated producer/director based out of Vancouver, British Columbia.  Her debut feature was the critically acclaimed documentary 65_RedRoses, which was officially selected for Oprah Winfrey’s Documentary Club and will have its American broadcast premiere on OWN. For her work on the film Nimisha was awarded the 2010 Don Haig Award for Emerging Filmmakers, the 2010 Mendocino Award for Emerging Filmmakers and the 2009 Artist Merit Award from Women in Film Vancouver. Nimisha also received a nomination for Best Direction in Documentary Program at the 2010 Gemini Awards. 65_RedRoses is currently being distributed by PBS International Worldwide, and won the 2010 Banff World Television Award for Best Canadian Program, following its broadcast premiere on CBC’s The Passionate Eye. Nimisha’s latest documentaries, The Coconut (recipient of the 2009 Omni Cultural Diversity Award) is currently in development and Blood Relative (Canadian broadcaster Knowledge) has an anticipated release date in fall 2011.

    Moderator: Danika Dinsmore
    Panellists: Kirsten Forbes, Angel Pui, Moyra Rodger

    Danika Dinsmore is a writer, filmmaker, and educator with a diverse creative background. She is also inexplicably attracted to producing and managing events. A former WIFTV President, she was Chair of the 2007 & 2008 Women in Film Festivals, BC, as well as coordinator for their inaugural New Media Forum.

    Kirsten Forbes, C.O.O., Silicon Sisters Interactive Inc.
    Kirsten Forbes has been making videogames since 1997. As Executive Producer at Radical Entertainment she led teams of up to 100 developers to ship 11 high-profile console titles including the multi-million sellers CSI and Crash Bandicoot. Known as an advocate for girl gaming preferences, Kirsten recently partnered with Brenda Bailey-Gershkovitch to launch Silicon Sisters Interactive, Vancouver’s first female led game development studio. Silicon Sisters’ mission is to develop high quality, inspirational games with a decidedly female focus - games for us. The Silicon Sisters team is currently working on their first game, to be released this spring. 

    Angel Pui has launched various innovative products and tools in the wedding vertical: My Wedding Notes, first online collaborative wedding planning application, The Wedding Notebook, online customization design tool, Wedding Soiree, an interactive wedding showcase that's formatted like a wedding. Our newest product, Weddingful, is the most comprehensive search and information on wedding vendors, connecting brides to vendors through relevant detailed search and quick communication system.

    Moyra Rodger has always been a “Digital Dame” even in the coal-burning years before the Internet became a proper noun. Prior to launching her newest entrepreneurial venture, MAGNIFY Digital, Moyra trotted the globe producing award winning television programming via her first company, Out to See Entertainment. eMarketing strategies, web content, and measurable online accountability and profitability are all part of the suite of offering at MAGNIFY. Now, Rodger is pulling back the curtain on ALERT™, the system her team developed to produce high impact strategies for clients including the 2010 Cultural Olympiad Digital Edition, Whistler Film Festival,  and a wide range of corporate brands.  ALERT™ is the world's first turn key solution for PR, Marketing and Ad Firms looking to grow their bottom line by providing digital strategy services. Magnify’s newest web app, ALERT™-TV enables broadcasters and producers to drive audience engagement online and off. 

    Moderator: Dina Grskovich
    Panellists: Bryna Dabby, Bonnie Jean Mah, Melissa Wood

    Dina Grskovich, CHRP
    Strategic Change Consultant
    Founder of DMG Business Strategy, Dina studied Information Technology and Management Systems at BCIT. In 2008 she obtained her CHRP designation from the BCHRMA.  Working with Creative Design Firms she likes to apply organizational development and strategic change plans in order to further facilitate sustainable growth patterns.  A strong advocate for community involvement Dina is a 2 time member of the Board of Directors for Wired Woman Society and a Workshop Facilitator for Business Mentoring for the Arts.

    Bryna Dabby, Producer, has been working in the video game industry for the past 12 years, beginning at Electronic Arts Canada working on multiple projects, including the NHL, FIFA and Need for Speed franchises, and Def Jam Vendetta. Following EA, Bryna was a Producer on The Bourne Conspiracy for High Moon Studios (Activision-Blizzard). Bryna has also worked with local studio United Front Games as a project manager, as a Senior Producer for iPhone developer Genius Factor Games, and most recently as a Producer at Smoking Gun Interactive working on Kinect Adventures, a first-party XBOX Kinect launch title for Microsoft.

    Bonnie Jean Mah is a Narrative Designer and writer at Relic Entertainment, which is part of international game publisher THQ. Before joining Relic, she worked as a writer, producer and director on diverse projects in the television and film industry. Bonnie Jean is now working on the AAA action title WARHAMMER 40,000: SPACE MARINE, launching on Xbox360, Playstation 3 and PC later this year.

    Melissa Wood is a web content editor and social media marketer based in Vancouver, BC. Graduating from Langara College’s Journalism diploma program, Melissa used her print-based education as a catapult for a career in digital media. With almost ten years’ experience working in online environments, Melissa looks forward to continuing to find the most efficient ways to communicate through digital technology.

    Friday, February 25, 2011

    Digital Media Forum Update!

    Friday, March 4, 2011
    VanCity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street

    Program Offering
    A one-day initiative that includes panel discussions focussing on the success stories of women working in the new media realm. The level of discussion aims to build the capacity of media content producers producing creative content in the digital/new media space.

    9:30 – 11:00 AM Introduction and Panel #1 Focus on Innovation
    A group of visionary digital media professionals discuss the next-gen applications of technology. From the implementation of new communication technologies to the gamification of everyday life, the discussion will touch on how digital media will affect the future. Moderated by Justine Bizzocchi. Panellists: Rochelle Grayson, Rae Hull

    11:15 – 12:30 PM Panel #2 New Trends in Social Media
    Social media mavens, veterans and upstarts discuss the new trends in socializing and marketing. How can Twitter grow? Have Facebook members revolted against the marketing machine? What’s next? Moderated by Sarah Muff. Panellists: Nadia Aly, Rebecca Coleman, Nimisha Mukerji

    1:30 – 2:45 PM Panel #3 Start-Up Upstarts
    Digital pioneers partnering in new technologies. Profiling women entrepreneurs in all areas of the digital realm: communication, gaming and social media marketing. Moderated by Danika Dinsmore. Panellists: Kirsten Forbes, Angel Pui, Moyra Rodger

    3:00 – 4:30 PM Panel #4 Nice Work if You Can Get It
    How do to turn your passion for digital media into a career? Where do you start and what skills do you need? Panellists include: an experienced game producer, writer new to the gaming world, front-line social media marketer and a recruiter who specializes in tech-based careers.
    Moderated by Dina Grskovich. Panellists: Bryna Dabby, Bonnie Jean Mah, Melissa Wood

    Check back tomorrow for more updates on the Digital Media Forum!

    Thursday, February 24, 2011

    International Women's Day Showcase!

    What are you doing on Tuesday March 8th?

    I know, you will most likely be lamenting the end of the most fabulous Vancouver Women in Film Festival from March 4th to 6th, but we have something to alleviate the pangs of life sans screenings.

    Tuesday March 8th is the 100th anniversary International Women's Day!
    And Vancouver Women in Film Festival is celebrating with a collection of amazing short films!

    TUESDAY, MARCH 8th, 20117:30 pm | 86 mins.
    Parental Guidance: Coarse language; sexually suggestive sceneat Langara College, Theatre Room A122b
    Parking is $3.00 flat rate after 5pm
    Admission: Pay what you can sliding scale $5-$10 cash only at the door.
    Everyone welcome! Come early, seating is limited.
    Doors Open at 7:00 pm | Show starts at 7:30 pm

    It was 100 years ago when the United Nations put forth a day to celebrate the economic, political, and social achievements of Women past, present, and future. In places such as China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a National Holiday. This marks the 6th year WIFTI joins in that celebration with our Short Film Showcase. These films have first been selected by the participating WIFTI Chapters from submissions created by their members. Each Chapter's selections were sent to the WIFTI screening committee to compile this 2011 Showcase Program. The films were all truly wonderful and WIFTI congratulates all the filmmakers on their efforts. We hope this inspires you to make your own film for next year’s celebration

    Learn more about the films here!

    Wednesday, February 23, 2011

    Leave them Laughing!

    So there is a wicked film screening at our festival this year and here is a bit of info about it!
    Leave them Laughing!

    A Music Comedy about Dying!

    So exciting for John Zaritsky and Montana Berg!

    Screening on Saturday March 5th, 2010
    9:30 pm - 11:00 pm | FEATURE FILM | Leave Them Laughing (Canada, 2010), produced by Montana Berg, directed by John Zaritsky

    Ninety minutes of songs about life and quips about death from the wheelchair of Carla Zilbersmith who vows to exit laughing. Once a nationally-known singer/comedienne, now fated by ALS, remarkable Carla leaves a teen-aged son, fans who adore her, and this 90-minute pre-mortem retrospective of a life lived fully but too fast.

    John Zaritsky, Oscar-winning director of the film, will be on Shaw Urban Rush March 3rd. I definitely recommend tuning in!

    Hey! Do you speak German? Good! You should check out this awesome article on http://ahorntv.com/ on February 14th, 2011. This is an article about Mass Abedis Berlin's interview with WIFF-Board member Alexandra Georgi and her conversation with Montana Berg regarding Leave them Laughing at the Women in Film festival in Vancouver!

    I, unfortunately, do not speak the language, but I know in my heart that it is an excellent article!

    Tuesday, February 22, 2011

    Arms and the Woman! the Vancouver Sun loves us!

    Hey, look at this sweet mention we received from Vancouver Sun!

    "ARMS AND THE WOMAN: The March 4-5 Vancouver Women In Film Festival kicked off with a meetand-greeter at Davie Street's Moxie's Classic Grill Thursday. Much was made of director-producer Katrin Bowen, whose Hollywood-actress teen years resurfaced in her well received debut feature film, Amazon Falls".

    See Amazon Falls on Sunday March 6th
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm | FEATURE FILM & CLOSING AWARDS | Amazon Falls (Canada, 2010), directed by Katrin Bowen

    "One to watch may be writer-director-producer Beth Freeman, whose Sisters In Arms depicts three female combat soldiers' experiences in Afghanistan and straightforwardly examines collateral family pain experienced in Canada. Already screened at CFB Esquimalt and scheduled for March (International Women's Day) at the Royal Military College in Kingston, this balanced movie may have the range and impact of ordnance it shows in action.
    As for one-person duels, actor-producer Meeshelle Neal's Therapy sees her play herself and an alter ego in a locked-door treatment that, rather like independent moviemaking, can result only in a successful outcome or death".

    See Sisters In Arms on Sundays March 6th
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm | FEATURE FILMS | A Window Looking In (BC, 2010), directed by Tara Hungerford; Sisters in Arms (BC, 2010), directed by Beth Freeman

    Thanks Malcolm Parry!

    Monday, February 21, 2011

    Feeling Animated?

    Hey Friends, 

    it looks like we got a shout out from Canadian Animation Resources, how sweet is that?!
    They wanted to get the word out on the animate shorts featured in the festival!

    Which films you ask?
    Well, these ones:

    ORIANA directed by Kara Miranda Lawrence

    A whimsical 3D animated fairytale adapted from the iconic Portuguese novel “A Fada Oriana” by the late Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen. A young fairy named Oriana is entrusted to take care of an Azorean forest and all its inhabitants. However, she becomes mesmerized by her reflection and the forest is destroyed due to her neglect. Will Oriana be able to redeem herself and save the forest in time?

    Screening on: Saturday, March 5th in the Reel Women Showcase from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm.

    CRY ROCK directed by Banchi Hanuse

    The wild beauty of the Bella Coola Valley blends with vivid watercolor animation illuminating the role of the Nuxalk oral tradition and the intersection of story, place and culture.
    Screening on: Sunday, March 6th in the 
    Aboriginal Film Showcase from 
    10:30 am - 12:30 pm. 

    FLAWED directed by Andrea Dorfman

    A beautiful gift from Andrea Dorfman’s vivid imagination, a charming little film about very big ideas. In FLAWED she deftly traces her encounter with a potential romantic partner, questioning her attraction and the uneasy possibility of love. But, ultimately, FLAWED is less about whether girl can get along with boy than whether girl can accept herself, imperfections and all.

    Screening on: Sunday, March 6th in The Ones We Love Showcase from
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

    kick it over to the Canadian Animation Resources website here!

    Saturday, February 19, 2011

    Linked up? LinkedIn with us!

    Hey? Are you on LinkedIn?
    Know about LinkedIn?
    It's an amazing professional social networking site that connects you with everyone you have every wanted to know.
    hop over and check it out!

    and while you are there, you should RSVP to the 2011 Vancouver Women in Film Festival!
    We all know that you are going. so you should just make it extra official and click the attend button!
    Just like a relationship status on facebook, if its not noted on a public social networking site, it's not legit.

    Click here to hop over to our LinkedIn event!

    Wednesday, February 16, 2011


    Have you ever heard of the short film Tora?

    TORA follows a jaded city woman who inherits a property in BC's Interior and is haunted by a little ghost girl. Jenna discovers through dreams and flashbacks of her new neighbour (Suzuki) that her land was a Japanese Internment Camp during WWII. Parental Guidance: Drug Use

    The amount of things that make this short film epic are, well, innumerable, but i'll try and pick out some thing to share:
    First and foremost: David Suzuki, man, the man with the environmental plan!

    Mr. Suzuki makes a special appearance in this amazing short detailing the injustices suffered by Japanese Canadians in World War II. What a fascinating and deep subject to take on in a short film, and this short does it incredibly well!

    Catch this short on:
    Sunday, March 6th
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    In the THE ONES WE LOVE Series!
    A series of narrative films looking at relationships in love and in families.

    Check out a BC LOCAL NEWS article about the film here!
    Learn more about the film here!

    Sunday, February 13, 2011

    Mixin' It Up!

    Just some pics from the Vancouver Women in Film Festival Mixer on February 10th!

    Some notable hip cats who were in attendance included:

    John Dippong of Telefilm Canada
    Carol Whiteman, Women in the Director's Chair & Creative Women Workshops Association
    Katrin Bowen of Amazon Falls
    Meeshelle Neal & Lisa Newell of Therapy
    Rebecca Johanson of Belle & Emma
    Beth Freeman of Sisters in Arms
    Tracy D. Smith of The Homestead
    Mauri Bernstein of Stimulus Package 
    Malcolm Parry, Vancouver Sun

    Some of our amazing sponsors included:
    Annex Pro
    War Room Studios
    Sandman Hotel & Moxie's

    ...and, of course, the WIFTV staff, board, and volunteers!

    I hope everyone had a blast!

    Friday, February 11, 2011

    It's Here! It's Really Here!

    The 6th Annual Vancouver Women in Film Festival trailer is online and it is fabulous!
    It makes me want to run to the theatre, pitch a tent, and wait for all of these amazing movies to screen!
    (or, of course, I can buy ticket online here)

    Thursday, February 10, 2011

    Tonight is the Night to Party!


    Get your schmoozing boots on because tonight is the Vancouver Women in Film Festival Meet and Greet!

    Tonight! 6PM - 8PM  |  Moxie's Classic Grill 
    1160 Davie St., Vancouver BC

    Didn't register? No Problem!
    Don't want to front admission cash? No Problem!
    Don't feel welcome? Well shucks, that's just nonsense!

    Tonight will be amazing! No only will our amazing staff be there to meet and greet,  so will these 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

    Get your party boots on!

    Tuesday, February 8, 2011

    Madame Perrault's Bluebeard!

    Have you ever heard of the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival?
    If you haven't, I recommend dropping everything, grabbing some plane tickets to France, and living the life In Clermont-Ferrand for the last weekend of the acclaimed International Short Film Festival, which runs February 4-12th. (you better be back by March 4th though!)

    If dropping all of your daily responsibilities is not as feasible as a International jet setter, don't fret! The Vancouver Women in Film Festival features a short film which has its international debut in France. How cool is that?!

    Amy Belling is excited to announce that her latest short film Madame Perrault's Bluebeard, directed by A.J. Bond and produced/shot by Amy Belling, will premiere at Clermont-Ferrand! After the whirlwind adventure in France, the film will be screening at VWIFF on March 5th at 1PM.

    Want to know more about the 2011 Vancouver Women in Film Festival?
    To learn more about the Clermont-Ferrard Film Festival, click here!

    Tuesday, February 1, 2011

    Black Field!

    So, I know your thinking, 'Hey, Vancouver Women in Film Festival 2011, I already know you are the awesomesauce which I can drizzle over my popcorn while watching all of the incredible films from March 4-6th at the Vancity Theatres, but if I needed that extra kick, where exactly could I be linked to on the internet to add that extra pizzazz?!' (you were thinking that, right...?)
    Lucky for you we have been mentioned by National Screen InstituteOn Screen Manitoba, and Northern Stars for our opening film Black Field. 

    Black Field will screen at Vancouver Women in Film Festival Friday March 4th at 7PM.
    Read the quick synopsis, take a browse at these amazing stills of the film, and go to the website for more information:

    Black Field
    A Film by Danishka Esterhazy

    A dark historical drama set in 19th century rural Canada, Black Field is a gothic tale about two sisters, the man that comes between them, and the tragedy that results.

    We can't wait to screen this film!