WIFTV is proud to present the 4th Annual Women In Film Festival, March 4th-8th, 2009. All events are held at the Vancity Theatre (Seymour & Davie) except for the March 8th International Women's Day, WIFTI Short Film Showcase. which will be held at the Chan Centre for Family Health Education at CFRI (on the same campus as BC Women's Hospital), 4500 Oak St., Vancouver, B.C.

On our FESTIVAL SCHEDULE, you will find all our events, maps to the venues, and information on all screenings, including individual films and filmmakers.

WIDC Feature Film Award to be presented during Opening Night Reception

The Women In the Directorís Chair (WIDC) Feature Film Award will be awarded to recipient Katrin Bowen by WIDC President Carol Whiteman.

From growing up in a Mennonite community in Linden, Alberta, to writing and performing stand-up comedy, to writing and directing independent films and television in Vancouver, award-winning director Katrin Bowen (Almost Forgot My Bones, Sand Castle) has led a colourful life. 

She recently directed six episodes of The Last 10lbs Boot Camp for the Slice Network, and episode 3.3 of The Uber Guide for the Travel Network.  She is currently in preproduction on the sexy and hilarious Love Bites and in development on two features she wrote, the semi autobiographical Off Course and a film about her fatherís mysterious disappearance, Ellis and Louise.  Katrin is an alumna of the U of C, Berkeley, the Cannes Producing Intensive, Women in the Directorís Chair and the Berlinale Talent Campus. 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4th: Vancity Theatre
New Media Forum, 9:00am - 5:00pm
The New Media Forum is a must for producers who want to tell stories in a more interactive space and for those interested in recent new media trends. It's a full day of panels, applications, interactive exhibits, and networking. The blend of technology, social media , and interactivity from Getting Your Feet Wired to Emerging Technologies and Trends, New Media Day will inspire and engage.

Followed by reception for participants -- Complimentary beer sponsored by Molsons

Opening Night Film and Reception, 7:00pm
Vancouver Premiere of The Baby Formula, Toronto Director Alison Reid in attendance.
*Opening Night Film and Reception is SOLD OUT*
Dependent upon RSVP invitations, a few rush tickets may still be available be available at the door.

Followed by an opening reception, including appetizers and cash bar.

THURSDAY, MARCH 5th: Vancity Theatre
10:00am - 11:30am Panel: Meet the Directors: Reel Women
4:00pm - 5:30pm Panel: In Front of the Camera: The Actors Challenge

FRIDAY, MARCH 6th: Vancity Theatre
9:30am -11:00am Panel: The Making of a Filmmaker: Emerging Filmmakers
3:30pm - 5:00pm Panel: Career Advancement Module (CTV/CAM)

SATURDAY, MARCH 7th: Vancity Theatre
9:00am - 10:15am Panel: The Female Voice -- Screenwriting with Maureen Medved

Spotlight Awards Gala, hosted by Molly Parker, 6:30pm
Awards, Reception & Silent Auction

SUNDAY, MARCH 8th: International Women's Day at BC Women's Hospital Theatre
1:00pm - 5:00pm
WIFTI Screenings, Reception, Short Film program
Directions to BC Women's Hospital Theatre: Chan Atrium and Auditorium

Find out more about our SILENT AUCTION...
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"This festival celebrates women's storytelling and helps advance women filmmakers. Join us and meet some great filmmakers, see some great films, and help us celebrate our diverse and exciting cultural perspective." Peggy Thompson, WIFTV President & Award-winning screenwriter. (Better Than Chocolate)