For Immediate Release
Canadian Women Directors Strike ‘Mentorship Gold’ with Creative Women Workshops Association at the Female Eye Film Festival
Festival Dates: March 24th to 28th, 2010
(Toronto, ON – March 11, 2010): For the second year in a row, the Female Eye Film Festival (FeFF) is pleased to host Creative Women Workshops Association (CWWA) and its popular CTV WIDC Career Advancement Module (CAM), made possible through the CTVglobemedia-CHUM Benefits. The CAM takes place Saturday, March 27th, 2010 at the Novotel Toronto Centre.
A spin-off from the internationally acclaimed Women In the Director’s Chair program held in Banff, and focusing on advancing the personal and business skills needed to achieve career and project success in the film and television industry, the CAM includes a free public panel discussion, as well as private mentoring and career coaching specially designed for four pre-selected mid-career women filmmakers per session.
“This kind of personal attention to one’s career advancement from top industry professionals is equivalent to striking gold,” states Carol Whiteman, President and CEO, Creative Women Workshops Association and Producer of the Women In the Director’s Chair program. “Receiving precious nuggets of insider knowledge and assistance in developing strategic plans for success are rare and invaluable gifts in this business. Thank you CTV for recognizing this and to the Female Eye for hosting.”
“I find the closed-door session with “hot–seat” discussion very constructive,” enthuses Manager, Drama Development and Production, CTV, Trish Williams and CAM mentor. “…each participant gets a chance to examine her professional/creative strengths and weaknesses and all feedback builds upon a foundation of trust, shared experience and pragmatic goals for the future.”
This year we are pleased to announce that Vancouver’s Penelope Buitenhuis whose feature film A WAKE opens the festival, along with recent Canadian Film Centre grad, Ana Valine, Toronto’s Candice Day and Amanda Fahey whose short films also screen, will participate in the FeFF session of the CAM. Williams will be joined by two additional senior industry professionals while Whiteman facilitates the CAM sessions and the follow up career coaching for participants.
“There is nothing else like this out there. The information that came out of the [CAM] could take months to get to in the ordinary course of events,” says Karen Hines, award-winning Calgary-based filmmaker, and a 2009 CAM participant. “I altered my pitch materials and my immediate plans for them with a new focus.”
Hines and fellow CAM alumnae, Yukon-based filmmaker Lulu Keating, along with Winnipeg’s Danishka Esterhazy, each have films in the 8th Annual Female Eye Film Festival including A TAX ON POCHSY (Hines), DOG=GOD (Hines/Keating), and DAWSON TOWN MELTED DOWN and BRAIN CLEVER (Keating) and BLACK FIELD (Esterhazy’s debut feature film). Keating’s feature film, KLONDIKE KALAHARI has also been selected for the FeFF Script Development Program.
As part of the CAM, the public will be treated to a free panel discussion Saturday, March 27th from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm at the Novotel Toronto Centre, 45 The Esplanade. Panel theme: A Canadian Film and Television Market Update: Hunting for Hope Among the Hard Facts. Film enthusiasts welcome!
More info: Michelle Daides, Director of Marketing & Publicity – Female Eye Film Festival – P: (416) 573-3960 – E: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Creative Women Workshops Association (CWWA)
Through initiatives like: The Women In the Director’s Chair Workshop, alumnae development modules, scholarships and awards like the CTV WIDC Director Development Award, the WIDC Feature Film Award, Centennial @Wallace Studios WIDC Alumnae Award and the WIDC Banff World Television Festival Fellowship, CWWA is dedicated to advancing the skills and talents of women story-tellers of live action screen fiction and ensuring that voice is heard in all its diverse forms, across the country and globally. CWWA is also committed to advancing the skills and talents of actors and crew in Canada. Contact: Carol Whiteman, President and CEO/WIDC Producer, 1.604.913.0747 or visit www.creativewomenworkshops.com
The Women In the Director’s Chair Workshop (WIDC) is a one-of-a-kind annual professional development program specially designed to advance the leadership and creative capacities of eight mid-career women directors of live action screen fiction per year. With more than 120 director alumnae, WIDC is presented by Creative Women Workshops Association in partnership with The Banff Centre and ACTRA and with the major sponsorship of Telefilm Canada, CTV, through the CTVglobemedia-CHUM Benefits, William F. White Intl, Panavision Canada, and the participation of a variety of film and television industry organizations including: IATSE 669, Director’s Guild of Canada BC, the Quebecor Fund, Independent Production Fund, Actra Fraternal Benefit Society, IATSE 891 and many others. The CTV WIDC CAM is supported through the CTVglobemedia-CHUM Benefits, and held in collaboration with the St John’s International Film Festival (St John’s, NL), the Female Eye Film Festival (Toronto, ON), and the Women In Film Festival hosted by Women In Film and Television Vancouver (Vancouver, BC).
About The Female Film Festival
The Female Eye Film Festival established in 2001, is Ontario’s one and only annual international independent film festival showcasing films directed by women. The Female Eye presents films by debut, emerging and established directors in conjunction with the Script Development Program, a professional development program for screenplay writers encompassing the Script Reading Series and the Good To Go Industry event. The Script Development Program is open to male and female writers. For more information about the festival, please visit www.FemaleEyeFilmFestival.com.
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For screeners, interview requests and additional information, please contact: Michelle Daides Director of Marketing & Publicity – Female Eye Film Festival P: (416) 573-3960 E: email@example.com