MEET YOUR FELLOW WIFTV MEMBERS

7:30 PM, September 1, 2020

Stay in touch with your fellow WIFTV members Ö from the comfort of your own home!

First Tuesday of each month†at 7:30 PM.
If you missed it, you can watch the webinar recording†here.

Guest Member: Veronika Kurz

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Veronika Kurz is an award-winning Vancouver-based filmmaker. She is an alumni of both Capilano Universityís Motion Picture Arts program, the Women in the Directorís Chair program, and is a current participant of the Netflix-Banff Diversity of Voices Initiative. At the 2017 Whistler Film Festival, Veronika successfully pitched to and won funding from the MPPIA Short Film Award for her comedy short film, 20 MINUTES TO LIFE. The film went on to win 1st Place Comedy Short Shorts at Just For Laughs NorthWest and play on Super Channel as part of the 2020 Canadian Film Festival. In addition to comedy, Veronika also wrote and directed a dance film, FLOW, which premiered at the 2019 Sedona International Film Festival to two sold-out audiences and went on to play at several other international festivals. Currently, Veronika is adapting 20 MINUTES TO LIFE into a TV series and developing her first feature.

Who are you and what do you do?

I am a director, writer, and producer based in Vancouver, originally from Terrace BC. I love dogs, chocolate, and supporting local businesses.

My comedy film 20 MINUTES TO LIFE won the MPPIA Short Film Award and screened on Super Channel as part of this year's Canadian Film Fest. We also won 1st Place Comedy Short Shorts at Just for Laughs NorthWest.

In addition to comedy, I directed a dance film, FLOW, starring former Ballet BC dancer Livona Ellis, which premiered at the Sedona International Film Festival.

Is there anything specific you would like to share about your life or work with us at the moment?

I just got married! My now-husband and I had a beautiful little ceremony in North Vancouver in the wind and rain on our sixth anniversary. It was perfect!

Professionally, Iím adapting 20 MINUTES TO LIFE into a TV series and developing my first feature. Iím also a participant in the Netflix-Banff Diversity of Voices Initiative.

Is there a quarantine activity that you would like to share in particular?

Iíve been spending quarantine pitching, submitting applications, cross-stitching, and baking. This time has allowed me to focus on my personal projects and spend quality time with those closest to me in my bubble.