Whistler Film Festival boosts initiatives for female filmmakers

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      Female filmmakers are getting increased support from the Whistler Film Festival (which runs from December 3 to 7) with a trio of initiatives that will help address the gender imbalance in the industry.

      The WFF and the Creative Women Workshops Association are joining forces to offer, for the first time, the Women in the Directors Chair WFF Industry Immersion, a practicum for eight mid-career female directors for fiction feature film and web series.

      The three-part immersion will include workshopping scripts with professional actors,  meetings with industry experts, and mentorship.

      The director application deadline is September 15 and the actor application deadline is October 31.

      There's also the third annual Women in Film and TV Vancouver WFF Film Market Preparation Mentorship. One executive, professional or associate (producer, writer, director) member of WIFTV will get the chance to receive a WFF premium industry pass, preferred accommodation rates, a pre-festival consultation with a film professional, and more.

      Luckily, if you're only finding out about this now, you've got the long weekend to prepare your application as the deadline has been extended to Tuesday (September 2).

      In addition to those two items, the juried Alliance of Women Film Journalists EDA Awards for best female-directed narrative feature and best female-directed documentary (selected from the festival's regular program) will be presented at the festival's awards ceremony on December 7.

      For more information and full details for all of these initiatives, visit the WFF website.