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Newsletter Archives : August 2004

In This Issue

  1. WIFT-A News
  2. Other WIFT News
  3. Member News
  4. Women in the Director’s Chair News
  5. Employment Opportunity
  6. Volunteer Opportunity
  7. Organization News
  8. Call for Submissions


Women in Film and Television Alberta is pleased to report that our website is in the process of being updated. We have employed the services of Jennifer Feurer with Arch Visual Communication to tackle the job. No stranger to the film industry, Jennifer’s creativity and enthusiasm will help to make the WIFT-A website much more informative and user friendly. We will inform you of when the update is complete but in the meantime if you have any questions, contact Trish at the office!


They say that the first thing people notice when meeting someone for the first time is their hair! Whether you have a red-carpet event to attend, an important business meeting looming ahead, or you just like to look great we have the deal for you. BBC Studio, specializing in Precision Cuts, Color and Make-Up Services has struck a deal with WIFT-A.

Bring in your WIFT-A membership card when you go in for your appointment and receive 10% off services and 20% off product. They are located at 520 - 17th Avenue SW in Calgary. Phone number is (403) 244-4399. When booking your appointment please let them know that you are with Women in Film and Television Alberta!



Zach Braff directs, writes and stars with Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Ian Holm, Method Man, Ron Leibman

Opens in Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Winnipeg on Friday, August 20, 2021

Andrew Largeman (Zach Braff) shuffled through life in a lithium-induced coma until his mother’s death inspired a vacation from the pills to see what might happen. Returning to his hometown in the GARDEN STATE, “Large” finds old acquaintances around every corner living quite unique lives as grave diggers (Peter Sarsgaard), fast food knights and the panderers of pyramid schemes. By a twist of fate, Large meets Sam (Natalie Portman), a girl who is everything he isn’t. A blast of color, hope and quirks, Sam becomes a sidekick who refuses to ride in his sidecar. Her warmth and fearlessness give Large the courage to open his heart to the joy and pain of the infinite abyss that is life.

Passes are available for both Calgary and Edmonton for Wednesday, August 18th at 7pm. If you are interested in a pass call Trish at the office. For our Edmonton members you will be sent an E-Ticket so ensure we have your proper email address on file!


Will be held on Thursday, September 23 to help get the party started for the Calgary International Film Festival! More information on location and time to come!


If so, and you would like to connect with other Women in Film and Television Members from around the globe, let us know! A large contingency from the New York Women in Film and Television Chapter will be in attendance and would love to connect!


Other WIFT News

WIFT-T and Kodak announce New Vision Fellowship Award, with internationally acclaimed director Patricia Rozema

Toronto, August 16, 2021 — Women In Film and Television - Toronto is pleased to announce the Kodak New Vision Fellowship Award Program, a newly created national initiative designed to support talented Canadian female filmmakers. Filmmakers whose short film or feature has screened at a major Canadian film festival are invited to apply to this prestigious award program.

The Kodak New Vision Fellowship Award will provide one Canadian female filmmaker with the invaluable opportunity to prepare for the Toronto International Film Festival 2004 (TIFF), through intensive industry coaching, festival bursary and a post-Festival creative mentorship. On board for the 2004 award are internationally recognized filmmaker Patricia Rozema as director mentor and Executive Producer, Dan Lyon as business consultant.

“I am delighted to take part in this very important award program,” comments Patricia Rozema, director of such critically & commercially successful films as Mansfield Park, When Night Is Falling and I've Heard The Mermaids Singing. “It is critical that experienced filmmakers support emerging female talent. These are the artists who will keep our industry flourishing.”

"Kodak is committed to supporting Canada's diverse filmmakers,” says Kim Snyder, Country Manager and VP, Kodak Canada Entertainment Imaging. "We are pleased to partner with WIFT-T to ensure talented voices in our industry have the tools and support to succeed at the highest level."

"WIFT-T’s new employment study told us that only 10% of Canada's registered film directors are women,” comments Kate Hanley, President, WIFT-T. “We initiated this program with Kodak in response to a critical shortage, and are thrilled to have the participation of a major talent like Patricia Rozema as well as business leader Dan Lyon.”

The award winner will receive the following benefits:

  • $3000 in-kind donation of Kodak Motion Picture film stock
  • One-on-one coaching with Executive Producer, Dan Lyon (Twist, Ginger Snaps) to build the essential business skills required to develop and market projects at TIFF
  • Two-month intensive mentorship with internationally acclaimed director, Patricia Rozema
  • Complimentary Toronto International Film Festival registration
  • Guidance at the Festival and for post-Festival follow-up
  • Announcement of Award Winner at WIFT-T’s Festival Reception, September 12, 2021
  • Award Presentation at the Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon, November, 2004

All candidates must:

  • have a film (short or feature) screened at a major Canadian film festival (see guidelines at http://www.wift.com/mentorships_kodak.html for further details)
  • have a minimum of one feature film project in development

Kodak New Vision Fellowship Award Application Deadline: August 23, 2021

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of industry representatives, with the award winner announced on September 12, 2021 at the WIFT-T Festival Reception.

For additional information contact:

Women In Film and Television - Toronto
Leslie Charlton, Manager of Communications
416.322.3430 x28, [email protected]

Kodak Canada Entertainment Imaging
David G. Butler, Communications Director
416.760.4522, [email protected]



Congratulations to Patricia Harris Seely and Smita Acharrya whose BravoFact Short Film Superhero Wannabe has been chosen to air at the Toronto International Film Festival as part of Short Cuts Canada. Keep your eyes peeled for photos of Patricia and Smita — two valued members of the WIFT-A Board of Directors — as they stroll down the red-carpet in Toronto!

Another round of applause for Eva Colmers whose documentary The Enemy Within will be broadcast on September 12th, 2004 at 6:00 pm ET or 4pm Alberta Time! Tune in to help show your support for Eva!

Jennifer Marie Condrashoff-Clark, a former member of WIFT-A who will be rejoining us soon, is excited to announce that her epic screenplay, "TO CATCH A TIGER", has proceeded to the quarterfinal round of the Nicholl Fellowships in screenwriting competition. This year more than 6000 scripts were entered with a mere 323 proceeding to the quarterfinal round.

We love to hear what our members are up to! If you have any Member News you would like to share let us know!



The Women In the Director’s Chair Workshop (WIDC) 2005
Now Delivered in 2 Modules

WIDC Story Incubation Module (SIM)

Specially designed for Mid-career Canadian Women Directors — A 4-day exploration of story and character development using a unique physiological approach, followed by 5 weeks of on-line story editing on a short scene that you will workshop at the WIDC PPPM. The SIM is a prerequisite to the PPPM (see below) and is led by Genie award-winning filmmaker / story editor / instructor Peg Campbell and prolific writer / instructor Carolyn Mamchur. Eight participants are selected by jury from applications.

WIDC Prep, Production and Post Production Module (PPPM)

Specially designed for Mid-Career Canadian Women Directors (must have participated in SIM - see above), ACTRA Actors, Professional and Volunteer Crew members — An 18-day intensive journey through all the components of bringing a fictional story to the screen, this session will be led by New Zealand film industry icon Gaylene Preston, along with Canada’s top professionals including award-winning cinematographers Roger Vernon, Peter Wunstorf, and acclaimed actress and acting instructor, Christianne Hirt. Geared towards the directors’ learning process, participants can take risks and explore their personal style of story-telling in a safe learning environment. Ten ACTRA Actors and up to 26 Crew members are selected jury from applications.

WIDC Alumnae Follow-up

All participants become part of a growing network of film and television professionals across Canada. Director participants are supported in their short and long-term career and project goals and are eligible for two WIDC Alumnae Awards: the Banff Television Festival Fellowship and the @Wallace Studios Award and the development of an After-Grad collective project.

Francophone or other language filmmakers who would like to test their work in English are encouraged to apply.


The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada

December 3 to 6, 2004 (followed by 5 weeks on-line story editing – SIM);
January 20 to February 6, 2021 – PPPM;
Ongoing – Alumnae Follow-up

Application Deadlines:
Directors: September 30, 2021
Actors and Crew: October 31, 2021

For application forms or information on scholarships contact: Carol Whiteman, WIDC Producer, [email protected]

Or visit:


Employment Opportunity

Local Calgary Talent Agency is looking to hire another talent agent. I am looking for someone that has a background in the business either as an agent or some other aspect of the film industry that may be looking for a career change.

No actors please due to conflict of interest issues.

Please send a resume to:

[email protected]
Roxanne Ellison
c/o Dagaz Talent
Calgary, AB T3E-7J4
(403) 230-3220


Volunteer Opportunity

We are seeking highly motivated and creative WIFT-A members to volunteer on our various committees! If you are passionate about film, television, new media, or broadcasting and believe you can make a difference please volunteer with WIFT-A! If you designated on your application form what areas you are interested in, a Committee Chair will be in touch in the fall. If you didn’t but are interested in any of the following please let us know:

  • Communications (Website/Newsletter/PR)
  • Fundraising
  • Lobbying
  • Membership
  • Mentorship / PSA Initiative
  • Networking (In Calgary or Edmonton!)
  • Professional Development
  • Special Events (Martini Madness)

We recognize how very busy our members are and as a result are most grateful for your time and efforts. An organization is only as strong as its members and with your help WIFT-A will continue to thrive and grow as a vital part of the Alberta Industry!


Organization News


The Calgary International Film Festival presents Films for Families, ten days of family-friendly films with an exceptional line-up of national and international films of artistic excellence and cultural diversity.

Screenings will be held at the Globe and Plaza cinemas, and at the Glenbow Museum. The Festival takes place from September 24 to October 3, 2004. For more information, visit the Calgary International Film Festival web site at www.calgaryfilm.com.


Come celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Calgary International Film Festival. This year the Festival will be taking place over ten days, from September 24th to October 3rd showcasing over 200 features, documentaries and shorts from Canada and around the world.

Back by popular demand are programming series such as Canadian Film Works, Contemporary World Cinema, American Independent, Films for Families, Youth Film Series, Reality Reels, Hot Shorts, Late Shows and Off the Beaten Path.

As usual, many of the screenings will be introduced by members of the film’s cast or creative personnel. The Festival will also continue its program of seminars and workshops. And for the 5th Anniversary, the parties will be better than ever, with over 40,000 filmgoers expected to attend!

Check out the Festival web site at www.calgaryfilm.com for more information or call (403) 283-1490.

Telefilm Canada Sponsoring the International Tête-à-Tête at the 2004 Vancouver International Film Festival Trade Forum

Vancouver, September 1, 2021 – Telefilm Canada is pleased to support Canadian producers at the 2004 Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) by sponsoring the International Tête-à-Tête, a series of one-on-one meetings designed to foster coproduction activity and international sales.

In association with the Festival’s Trade Forum, this unique initiative offers the occasion for Canadian industry players to discuss concrete projects face to face with international producers, distributors and sales agents during private half-hour meetings.

“The International Tête-à-Têtes have become a high point of the Trade Forum for producers working in the international marketplace,” said Earl Hong Tai, Telefilm Canada’s Director for the Western Region. “This year we look forward to building on the momentum created in 2003, where we saw clients traveling to Vancouver from the other Western provinces to attend this event because of the doors that it opens and the calibre of the international guests.”

Confirmed guests for this year’s edition include:

  • Frank Hubner, Producer, Absolut Film (Germany)
  • Arthur Lappin, Managing Director, Hell's Kitchen (Ireland)
  • Hamish McAlpine, Chairman, Tartan Films (United Kingdom)
  • Pierre Menahem, President/Owner, SCALPEL (France)
  • Christoph Ott, Distribution/Marketing Service, Kino Film Verleihservice (Germany)
  • Maurice Paleau, Vice-President, Creative Development, Discovery Networks International (United States)
  • Don Reynolds, CEO, Silverscreen Films (New Zealand)
  • Chris Roland, CEO, The Imaginarium (South Africa)
  • Hans-Stefan Heyne, Head of International Acquisitions and Coproductions, Studio Hamburg FA (Germany)

For details contact: [email protected] or visit the Trade Forum’s Websitse at www.viff.org/viff04/g_tradeforum/index.html.


Call for Submissions

NSI-Canada, in Association with Telefilm Canada, Announces a Call For Entries for NSI Features First

Winnipeg — The National Screen Institute - Canada (NSI), in association with Telefilm Canada, invites feature filmmakers dedicated to advancing their careers to apply to NSI Features First. The program delivers resources, training and mentorship and has an impressive success record.

"Since its launch in 1997, nine out of 19 films developed through NSI Features First have been produced," said Program Manager Jim Murphy. "We look forward to the new participants making a contribution to the film industry, just as our alumni have with their achievements."

Up to five Canadian writer-director-producer teams developing their first or second feature film will be selected for the three-phase program. Applications can be downloaded at www.nsi-canada.ca/featuresfirst. The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2021 with training to start in November.

NSI Features First emphasizes both the professional development of emerging filmmakers and the final development and packaging of their feature film projects. Based on evaluations and industry demands, the program has expanded to 10 months and will now include a third phase, where qualified participants create marketing materials and pitch packages intended to take their projects to the marketplace.

NSI Features First teams have produced many award-winning, critically acclaimed films that have debuted at prestigious festivals and gone on to play in commercial theatres across the country. "On the Corner", written and directed by Nathaniel Geary and produced by Wendy Hyman (2001-02 NSI Features First) recently won the prestigious Gold Moon of Valencia award for Best Feature Film at Cinema Jove International Film Festival in Spain. The film was named on Canada's Top Ten list by the Toronto International Film Festival Group and had its world premiere at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival. It won the Citytv Western Canada Feature Film Award at the 2003 Vancouver International Film Festival. "On the Corner" has been invited to screen at FilmFestival Mannheim - Heidelberg in Germany in November. The film had its theatrical release in June 2004.

"The training and mentorship provided by NSI Features First was a vital part of bringing our film to the big screen," said writer-director Nathaniel Geary. "Plus the contacts we made in the Canadian film industry through the program have been invaluable."

"Seven Times Lucky", written and directed by Gary Yates and produced by Liz Jarvis (2001 NSI Features First) had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and Canadian premiere at NSI FilmExchange Canadian Film Festival. The film won two awards at the annual Method Fest Film Festival in Los Angeles: Best Picture and Best Screenplay. "Seven Times Lucky" will screen at the Salento International Film Festival in Tricase, Italy in September, and celebrate its theatrical release in late fall 2004.

"Goldirocks", written and directed by Paula Tiberius and produced by Lisa Hayes (2001-02 NSI Features First) had its world premiere at the 2003 World Film Festival in Montreal, and screened at many festivals including the 2003 Cairo International Film Festival, Sao Paulo International Film Festival in Brazil and NSI FilmExchange. The film had its theatrical release in May 2004.

The National Screen Institute - Canada, with headquarters in Winnipeg, is one of Canada's four nationally recognized film and television training schools. With over 80% of NSI graduates working in the industry, our participants don't just learn about the process - they live it. The National Screen Institute - Canada operates with ongoing funding from Telefilm Canada through Canadian Heritage, and Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism.

Additional support provided by Patrons: Global Television Network, CTV and CBC Television. Further support provided by our Partner: Warner Bros. Canada Inc.

For more information contact:
Chris Vajcner, NSI Publicity & Media Relations
(204) 957-2998
[email protected]

22nd Torino Film Festival, Italy - November 12 to 20, 2004

Festival Entry Deadline for feature-length films is September 24, 2004.

Entry Form and Regulations


The Venice Film Festival may grab the headlines but the Torino Film Festival, Italy’s second largest film festival, is credited as being among the youngest of the important Europeans festivals. The Festival’s two directors, Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan and Roberto Turigliatto, newly appointed in 2003, are committed to new films and new directors whose work reflect formal and stylistic innovation. The Festival aims to create an international meeting point and to contribute to the discussion of cinema’s artistic trends and perspectives.


The Festival sections open to international productions are:

  • The International Feature Film Competition – the heart of the Festival that highlights new talents in contemporary filmmaking. It is open to works completed after September 1, 2003, in 35 mm, 16 mm or digital video. Entries must not have been screened in Italy or at the Cannes, Berlin or Locarno festivals.
  • Detours, in the non competitive section. A new category since 2003 that focuses on the variety of new trends in world cinema with no limitation on genre (fiction, documentary, experimental), length (from feature to short) or format (film, video, digital). The category also hosts Special Programs and Tributes.

Should you wish to submit your production for consideration, please make sure that each entry package includes along with a VHS (Pal, Secam or NTSC) viewing cassette or DVD:

  • Completed entry form
  • Synopsis
  • Statement by the director about the film
  • Director’s bio-filmography
  • Two film stills
  • Any documentation that might consider pertinent

Shipping costs must be borne by participants. All packages must be sent prepaid.


For further information, contact Brigitte Hubmann or Sylvain Lévesque by phone at 1-800-567-0890 or (514) 283-6363, or e-mail us at [email protected].

Visit our website at regular intervals to check listing of international festivals currently accepting entries http://www.telefilm.gc.ca/05/514.asp?lang=en&.

The Female Eye Film Festival

The Female Eye Film Festival announces a new event date to coincide with International Women's Day 2005 Female Eye Festival Dates: March 4th – 7th, 2005.

Early Submission Deadline: July 31, 2021
Extended Submission Deadline: Sept. 30, 2004

The Female Eye is also pleased to announce several new programs, professional development workshops and special film presentations throughout 2004 which will lead up to the next Female Eye Film Festival 2005. The Female Eye will celebrate it's first North American Tour of award winning FeFF films in the Spring of 2005! Please visit our web site at www.femaleeyefilmfestival.com for more information.

2005 Sundance Film Festival

For more information that outlines the selection process, information on registration as well as an entry form contact Trish at the WIFT-A office.

Please note that during the screenings in Montréal one of the Festival's selectors will only be considering fiction and documentary feature films.

NEW: World Cinema Competiion at Sundance!

Building on a long-tradition of screening international films, the Festival will launch the World Cinema Competition at the 2005 Festival. This addition to the Festival expands its commitment to presenting innovative international films to U.S. audiences and introducing emerging international filmmakers to the U.S. film industry. The World Cinema Competition is open to feature-length narrative and documentary films. Films must have been completed after October 2003 and must be at minimum a U.S. Premiere, though the Festival is actively seeking World Premiere films.

The registration deadline with Telefilm Canada is Monday, August 23.

18th FIPA – Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels January 18 to 23, 2005 / Biarritz, France

Registration deadline with Telefilm Canada: August 20, 2021

Deadline for receipt of submission packages in Montréal (entry formats: VHS / NTSC or DVD / FIRST ZONE): August 24, 2021

Producers who wish to enter directly their works to the Festival, deadline is set on November 19, 2004.

The complete regulations can be consulted on the Festival’s site: http://www.fipa.tm.fr/01_fipa/02_inscriptions/pdf/reglement_uk.pdf

On-line entry on the Festival’s site for all applicants: http://www.fipa.tm.fr/01_fipa/index.htm

Canadian entries registered via Telefilm Canada for the selection screenings in Montréal need not pay the entry fee. Entries officially invited to FIPA will, however, then have to pay the fee. All productions entered directly at the Festival will have to pay the entry fees, selected or not.

Programs under 30 minutes: 30 €; over 30 minutes: 60 €; Serial and Series: 80 €

FIPA – Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels, considered the most significant TV festival in France (the Cannes of TV productions) and a prestigious European event, is run by Pierre-Henri Deleau, best remembered as the person who lead Cannes' Directors Fortnight for its first 30 years and FIPA founder, who serves as the Festival’s General Director, and Jean-Michel Ausseuil, its General Secretary. Both representatives will travel to Montréal for the Canadian pre-selection process in late August, early September. FIPA was created to recognize and promote exceptional works in the audiovisual media and to contribute to the development of the audiovisual arts throughout the world in a spirit of cooperation and exchange.

FIPA presents more than a hundred new television programmes each year, chosen from among quality international productions. The competition is divided into 6 sections:

  • Drama (made-for-TV films in one or two parts)
  • Series and Serials
  • Creative Documentaries
  • Reportages and Current Affairs
  • Performing Arts
  • Short Programs

The festival also features the unique FIPATEL, a video market featuring all the works selected for showing in the festival, plus others that have gone through a selection process before being selected.


Television programs produced in the 12 months preceding the festival, are eligible, provided they have not been shown in other competitions or international events, and provided they fit into the categories described above. Selected works are screened either on film (35 or 16 mm) or on Betacam SP / NTSC, PAL or SECAM. All selected entries are shown in their original version, with French subtitles if needed. Short programs must be short (-30 minutes) and can be all genres (fiction, documentary, experimental, etc.) and on all media. Entry formats: VHS / NTSC, PAL, SECAM or DVD. Films produced for theatrical releases are not eligible.


To register for the selection screenings, download the entry form from the festival’s website: http://www.fipa.tm.fr/01_fipa/index.htm. You must confirm with Telefilm Canada, August 20 at the latest, that you will be entering films through the Montréal screenings.

Your submission tape or DVD, original entry form and two complete sets of documents (production synopsis, director biography and filmography, screenwriter biography, and composer biography) must be sent to our office by August 24. This essential documentation is passed onto to the selector. If you do not yet have written documentation on your film, please take the time to gather and write out the requested information.


Festivals & Markets Bureau (FIPA)
Telefilm Canada
360 St. Jacques Street, Suite 700
Montréal, Quebec H2Y 4A9

Please prepay your shipment. We will pay the return portion. Sorry, our regional offices cannot accept parcels (films or documentation). Please note that C.O.D. deliveries will be returned to sender.


If we can assist you in the submission process, please do not hesitate to contact us. Direct any questions concerning this process to Brigitte Hubmann (ext. 2034) or Sylvain Lévesque (ext. 2033) by phone at (514) 283-6363 or 1-800-567-0890, or e-mail us at [email protected].

Visit our website at regular intervals to check listing of festivals currently accepting entries: http://www.telefilm.gc.ca/05/514.asp?lang=en&.



WIFT-A would like to thank the following for their generous support: Alberta Foundation for the Arts CFCN through the BCE-CTV Benefits Program Status of Women Canada