WIFF 2010


  at the Vancity Theatre, Vancouver BC


Western Canadian Companies Back Women Directors


Click here for the full press release and Lulu's bio.

Award-winning filmmaker Lulu Keating is the 2010 recipient of the Women In the Director’s Chair Feature Film Award to be presented by Creative Women Workshops Association April 17 at the Opening Screening & Reception of the 2010 Women In Film Festival in Vancouver, British Columbia. The award presentation will take place April 17 at 7:00 pm at the Vancity Theatre.  Following the award presentation the Women In Film Festival opens with a Vancouver premiere screening of WIDC alumna Penelope Buitenhuis’ innovative improv-feature film, A Wake.

The WIDC Feature Film Award represents industry leadership and support from some of the most significant companies in western Canada. Valued at nearly $100,000, the prestigious prize includes: in-kind rentals for one week at North Shore Studios or The Bridge Studios; production equipment rentals from William F. White Intl.; and post production support from Post Modern Sound and Deluxe Vancouver. The award will support Keating’s romantic adventure comedy feature film Based On A True Fantasy.

“The whole design of this film was developed with this award in mind - a studio shoot to create a high concept, low-budget film. It will incorporate creative animation techniques with live action,” says Keating, “This award is absolutely the most thrilling thing that could have happened!“

"William F White Int. Inc. Vancouver is excited to be sponsors of the annual WIDC Feature Film Award. We are fortunate enough to be able to help a worthwhile project receive the support it needs by ensuring quality gear and service,” say Ed Brando Project Manager and Nav Degun Rentals Manager Of William F White International Inc. “We are meeting these deserving filmmakers at a crucial time in their developing careers and are glad to be able to help them achieve their dreams. It`s a win-win for all involved."

“It was a pleasure working with 2009 winner Katrin Bowen and we congratulate 2010 winner Lulu Keating,” adds Suzanne Thompson, Director of Sales and Marketing, Deluxe Vancouver. “The current environment for making feature films in Canada is grim which makes it more important than ever to support domestic production in whatever ways we can.”

“Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar win and the accolades Canadian women directors like Norma Bailey, Holly Dale and Kari Skogland have received at this year’s Gemini and Genie Awards are significant milestones,” states Carol Whiteman, award-winning producer of the WIDC program, “However, women directors still have a long way to go to reach gender parity. That’s why this award is so vital.”

Creative Women Workshops Association works in partnership with a host of companies, individuals and agencies like The Banff Centre, ACTRA, Telefilm Canada, CTV, the Quebecor Fund, Actra Fraternal Benefit Society, the Independent Production Fund, IATSE 669, IATSE 891, and the Directors Guild of Canada, BC District among others, to help level the playing field for women screen directors in Canada through the acclaimed training program Women In the Director’s Chair and other WIDC initiatives.


CTV / WIDC Career Advancement Module (CAM)

Creative Women Workshops Association (producer of the annual Women In the Director's Chair Workshop) presents an intensive career advancement program for four (4) mid-career Canadian women directors with films in WIFF. This module focuses on the personal skills needed to achieve success in screen fiction. CAM sessions are held in various cities across Canada, and are delivered in conjunction with respected women's film festivals (ie. St John's International Women's Film Festival, the Female Eye Film Festival, WIFF) and other WIDC events. Follow-up mentoring is conducted by phone and on-line over the period of six months following the CAM session.

CAM sessions:

  • advance the success of mid-career women screen fiction directors in achieving their career goals;
  • develop in participants greater self-confidence in areas including, but not limited to, self-assessment, branding, marketing, communications, leadership, strategic planning, and problem-solving;
  • develop among mid-career women directors a set of trusted allies who can help springboard their advancement, particularly in television fiction.