February 26, 2015

Gillian's Just Right Wins WIFTV Mentorship

My feature film GILLIAN'S JUST RIGHT has been awarded a mentorship package from the Women in Film and Television Vancouver (WIFTV)! The From Our Dark Side contest searched for the best in Canadian women-driven genre films and over 250 entries from across the country were submitted. What a wonderful affirmation that women love genre films. I'm thrilled to discover there are so many of us!

Under the direction of WIFTV Board Member and contest producer Sharon McGowan, winners were selected by a jury that included director/producer/actor Amanda Tapping (Sanctuary, Continuum) director/producer Rachel Talalay (Dr. Who, Nightmare on Elm Street), L.A.-based The Allegiance Theater’s VP of Development Carly Norris (previously with Vertigo Entertainment on films such as Godzilla, The Strangers, the Uninvited and Quarantine), Director of Montreal’s Frontières International Co-Production Market focusing on genre film Lindsay Peters, and Super Channel Creative Development Executive Maureen Levitt.

I am absolutely thrilled to be one of the five winners. Not only is this perfect timing for the project, but an amazing affirmation for my film. GILLAN LIVES!

Over the next few months, GJR will receive consultations with a genre film writer/story editor, a genre visual effects producer, a digital marketing strategy expert and a genre marketing artist to help with preliminary ideas for a film poster and marketing materials. One of the winners will also be selected to attend the Montreal edition of the Frontières International Co-Production Market in July. Keep your fingers crossed people!

From Our Dark Side is an amazing initiative that offers practical support to women in film, sponsored by Super Channel, Telefilm Canada and Creative B.C.

I'll be spending International Women’s Day – Sunday March 8 - at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival to meet the four other winners: Shereen Jerrett, Winnipeg, MA; Gloria Ui Young Kim, Toronto, ON; Carleen Kyle, Vancouver, BC; and Kate Lingley, Vancouver, BC. That is going to be super fun!

Show some love for my film Gillian's Just Right on Facebook and Twitter and stay tuned as I have more exciting news coming up this Sunday! 


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