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Women in the Director’s Chair Career Advancement Module

Opportunity for two separate cohorts of up to 8 director participants to take part in a leadership master class for mid-career women filmmakers focusing on scripted content development.

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One-time
In-person & Online
Free

Fall Edition, 2024
Collaborating Festivals:
St John’s International Women’s Film Festival
Reelworld Summit & Film Festival

Open for submissions: June 7, 2024
Close of submissions: August 6, 2024
Key Workshop Dates: October 1 to 29, 2024
Follow up: November 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025

Spring Edition, 2025
Collaborating Festivals:
GEMFest
Female Eye Film Festival

Open for submissions: November 30, 2025
Close of submissions: January 15, 2025
Key Workshop Dates: March 1 to March 29, 2025
Follow up: April 2 to September 30, 2025

(all dates may be subject to change)

WIDC recognizes the term Woman/Women is in an evolution of language and note that our intention in our use is to be fully inclusive of underrepresented persons who may or may not identify as women and share the goals and values of WIDC to promote these marginalized voices and stories.  Further, we gratefully acknowledge that the WIDC program originates from the traditional and unceded lands of the Coast Salish people, including the xmkym (Musqueam), Swxwu7mesh (Squamish), and slilwta (Tseil-wau-tuth) Nations. We also acknowledge the Indigenous Nations on whose traditional lands our guests, participants, and colleagues live, work and create. We commit to working together in the spirit of collaboration and respect for the generations that came before, those living now, and the generations to come.

The year’s slate of CAM sessions will offer two separate cohorts of up to 8 director participants an intensive, tailored leadership master class for mid-career women filmmakers focusing on scripted content development. For this specially designed module that dovetails with partnering Canadian Film Festivals, director participants are selected by a WIDC alumnae peer jury along with representatives from host festivals.

At the CAM you will be offered tools to identify and lean into your personal leadership style. You will learn about the continuum of confidence and how articulating what you love about being a storyteller for screen can give you a competitive advantage. Discover tips about reading the room while pitching your projects and debrief on your experiences in a  confidential, collegial space. Engage in facilitated meetings with Industry experts, including representatives from Telefilm Canada, CBC, Bell Media, as well as seasoned producers, distributors, directors and others. Learn how to strategically leverage all of this to advance your screen fiction projects and career.

Each CAM program edition includes:

  • 6 x 1-hour individual coaching sessions to advance your career strategy
  • Masterclasses on EDI Work, Pitching, Taking Meetings
  • Webinar series on Digital Media Marketing with Annelise Larson
  • Group meetings with Industry Guests
  • Digital pass to the host festivals (per edition)
  • Group Exit Session to debrief, confirm follow up goals and strategy

Objectives

  • To work with mid-career women and non-binary content creators (writers, directors, producers) in identifying and achieving their career and project goals, primarily in scripted production.
  • To develop confidence and capabilities in areas including but not limited to self-promotion, communication, leadership, principles of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion work, strategic planning, and creative solutions.
  • To develop a set of trusted allies who can help spring-board the advancement of participants’ careers and project(s).

Costs

  • Application fees are being waived to reduce barriers to access
  • Tuition is scholarshipped by WIDC through major sponsorship from Telefilm Canada.
  • Festival Passes are provided compliments of host Festivals
  • Travel & Lodging (if required) is at participant’s own cost

To learn more: directors@WIDC.ca

How to Apply

Application Forms:

Community Collaborators:
Since 2008, WIDC has been delighted to collaborate with Canada’s three most prestigious international women’s film festivals to present the CAM in St John’s (SJIWFF), Vancouver (GEMFest), and Toronto (FeFF). Due to COVID, in fall 2020 the WIDC CAM moved online, and as part of our 25th Anniversary, we welcomed the addition of community collaborator, Reelworld Film Festival as one of the WIDC CAM’s Festival hosts.

We encourage directors who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Colour to join Access Reelworld (Canada’s largest searchable database for racially diverse talent in the screen industry) for a variety of networking and hiring opportunities.

Fall Edition:

          


Spring Edition:

            

**WIDC reserves the right to make changes to, or cancel WIDC CAM offerings without notice.

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