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              at the Vancity Theatre

Friday, March 4th - Sunday, March 6th, 2011

followed by the WIFTI Short Film Showcase screening
celebrating International Women's Day on Tuesday, March 8th


Networking Lunch

Saturday, March 5th | VIFC Atrium | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Free Entry
Concession will be open for purchasing lunch items if you are hungry!

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ARE YOU READY TO MAKE YOUR FIRST FEATURE FILM?
A panel of directors and producers including Katrin Bowen, Tracy D. Smith, and Robyn Wiener will reveal their low budget filmmaking secrets and discuss the ultra low-budget feature film trend.

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Katrin Bowen
Director, AMAZON FALLS
Katrin Bowen was born in England and moved to Linden, Alberta at the age of 5. From growing  up in the Mennonite community of Linden, to acting in b-movie kickboxing films in Los Angeles, to writing and directing independent films in Vancouver, director Katrin Bowen has led a colourful life.  Katrin just finished directing her first feature film AMAZON FALLS based on her b-movie experiences in Los Angeles. AMAZON FALLS premiered in 2010 at both TIFF and VIFF. Lead Actor April Telek was the winner of WIFTV's 2010 Artistic Merit Award.

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Tracy D. Smith
Director, THE HOMESTEAD
Tracy D. Smith's first short film SANDRA GETS DUMPED (2005 Crazy8s) won Leo Awards for Best Screenwriting and Best Female Performance. Her feature film debut, TAMING TAMMY, premiered at the 2007 Vancouver International Film Festival. Some of her other films include UNBEARABLE LOVE (2007 Montreal World Film Festival), THE BRUTE (2008 VIFF), NO MEANS NO (2008 Bloodshots Grand Prize Winner), and CURSE OF THE JADE FALCON (Winner of the 2008 VAFF Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon). 

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Robyn Wiener
Producer, Synergy Cinema
A seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience in the film and television industry, Robyn has worked in many aspects of production and holds over 40 professional credits to her name.  As a Producer, Robyn has been producing and developing projects since 2002 and has been attached to several award winning short films and a Leo award winning music video.  Most notably, Robyn recently Line Produced two indie feature films that include the ‘bromance’ comedy THE WINGMAN and the TIFF/VIFF 2010 selected feature film, AMAZON FALLS, as well as the presentation pilot KITS for CityTV.  Her company, Synergy Cinema, currently has several projects in development.  Robyn also teaches budgeting and scheduling part-time at VFS for the Entertainment & Business Management Program.