September 19, 2017, 8:15 - 9:30 AM

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 19th, 8:15 - 9:30 AM

Location: InFocus Film School (306 Abbott Street) 
Host: Deb Sears

This month we will have Peggy Thompson, Karen Lam, Melanie Jones will be speaking about our From Our Dark Side Genre Screenplay Competition. 

Peggy Thompson is a proven screenwriter and producer best known for the award winning feature films “The Lotus Eaters” and “Better than Chocolate”. She has also written and produced many short films. Her films have been broadcast on major networks and played festivals world wide. She is a two time former President of Women in Film and Television Vancouver and has served on the Advocacy Committee since it’s inception. She is a Professor Emerita of UBC’s Creative Writing Program, and has served on the Board of Directors of The Queer Film Festival. She is currently the Program Advisor for the From Our Dark Side Screenplay Genre Competition which is a national competition for genre screenwriters run by Women in Film and Television Vancouver. She was one of three producers on the recent documentary film “Bearded Ladies; the Photography of Rosamond Norbury.”

Karen Lam has worked full-time in the film and television industry since 2000. Starting her career as a producer and entertainment lawyer, Karen has produced four feature films, eight short films and three television series. Her first short film as a writer/director (The Cabinet) won the NSI Drama Prize in 2006. She has since written/directed seven short films, a music video, a documentary television series, two feature films — Stained (2010) and Evangeline (2013) — and a web series Mythos (2015).No pre-registration is necessary. Everyone is welcome!

Melanie Jones is one of the 2017 From Our Dark Side Winners. While she began her artistic career making paintings and sculpture and earning a BFA from Emily Carr University and an MFA from the University of Windsor, she now divides her time between teaching Sculpture & Extended Media at the University of the Fraser Valley, and writing and directing her own films. Her films have screened worldwide, and garnered numerous awards and nominations, including her graduating film ‘Manhood’, which was nominated for Best Lead Actor at the Calgary Fringe Film Festival and Best Comedy at the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival; and her short film ‘REST STOP’ which premiered at the Victoria Film Festival in Australia, won Best Cinematography at the U of T Film Festival and was distributed by Ouat Media on the En Route in-flight entertainment system on Air Canada for a year. With more than 13 short films under her belt as a director and/or producer, Melanie attended the highly competitive Women in the Director’s Chair program in 2013 and wrote and directed her first feature film, ‘FSM‘ after being selected as the BC Winner of the Indiecan 10K Challenge. FSM had its World Premier at the Whistler film Festival in Dec 2015 and has upcoming screenings in the US and her hometown of Vancouver.


Free for WIFTV members - $10.00 for non-member

Coffee and breakfast items available for purchase.