Thursday, April 25, 2012 Women In Film & Television Vancouver announces the 2012 WIFTV BANFF World Media Festival Mentorship Recipient Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Women in Film & Television

Women in Film & Television Vancouver (WIFTV) in partnership with the Banff World Media Festival, is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2012 WIFTV Banff Mentorship Award is Vancouver writer/producer and WIFTV member Jill Hope Johnson.

"This was an incredibly competitive year with a wide range of projects from some extremely talented women. The jury was thrilled with the caliber of applicants and creativity of projects. Jill Hope Johnson was selected for the freshness and viability of her comedy series, YOGATOWN." said Rachelle Chartrand, WIFTV Vice President and Mentorship jury representative.

The WIFTV Banff World Media Festival Mentorship gives one Executive, Professional or Associate member of WIFTV (producer, director or writer) the invaluable opportunity to attend the Banff World Media Festival, June 10-13, 2012 at the Fairmont Banff Springs. The participant receives not only a festival pass, but also a pre-festival mentorship with Erin Haskett, VP of Development at Lark Productions, and a seat at WIFTV's "The Art of Pitching" Workshop with Erik Paulsson and Diana Wilson on May 5th in Vancouver. The recipient is responsible for all booking arrangements, and all travel and accommodations.

Jill is a Writer/Producer, currently developing two new comedy web series, Yogatown, a weekly story about duelling yoga studios, and Cracked Up, a story about a woman who discovers igniting her life after her husband dies. She recently co-wrote and co-produced Om Inc., and was story editor for Tracy D. Smith's feature film, Everything and Everyone. Jill is also working on The Shalamar, a television series about a gay ghost. Jill has taken numerous writing courses through Cap U, Praxis and VFS. (

The jury would like to congratulate all the applicants on the quality of their submissions and WIFTV looks forward to supporting more such projects and women filmmakers in the future!

Women In Film & Television Vancouver (WIFTV) is an internationally affiliated non-profit society committed to advancingand celebrating women in screen-based media.