AWFJ is Heading for Whistler Film Festival, Nov 29- Dec 3 — Jennifer Merin reports

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whistler logo 2017The Alliance of Women Film Journalists will present two juried EDA Awards for the Best Female-Directed Feature and Short Films at this year’s Whistler Film Festival (WFF) taking place from November 29 to December 3. This is the fourth consecutive year in which AWFJ has partnered with the Whistler Film Festival to honor the work of female directors whose films are being presented. Continue reading…


Whistler Film Festival, known as ‘Canada’s coolest film fest’, has been championing women in film since its inception in 2001. In addition to programming films directed by women, the festival holds an annual Women on Top event, gathering leading women in film from around the world to meet, greet and network with each other. Additionally, the festival’s annual presentation of Women In the Director’s Chair and Women in Film & Television Vancouver mentorship programs connect up and coming female film directors to industry moguls and the methodology they recommend for success.

For WFF’s 2017 edition, AWFJ will present two EDA Awards, one for Best Female-Directed Feature, and the other for Best Female-Directed Short. The films in competition are to be nominated by Whistler Film Festival programmers, and will voted on by AWFJ jurors.


This year, the AWFJ jurors for Best Female-Directed Feature are:
Marina Antunes – Row Three, Vancouver
Nikki Baughan – Screen International, London
Betsy Boszdech – Commonsense Media, San Francisco
Jennifer Merin (Chair) – Cinema Citizen, New York
Gill Pringle – The Independent, Los Angeles

The AWFJ jurors for Best Female-Directed Short are:
Katherine Brodsky (Chair) – Variety, Vancouver
Lexi Feinberg – Big Picture, Big Sound, Berkeley
Karen Martin – Arkansas Online – Little Rock
Diana Saenger – East County Gazette – San Diego
Susan Wloszczyna – – Washington, DC.


The Whistler Film Festival will announce its full lineup of films on November 1, at which time the AWFJ will make an announcement on the EDA Award nominees. For more information on WFF, go to

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