Women Filmmakers Rise to the Top at Whistler Film Festival 2017 — Jennifer Merin reports

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whistler logo 2017At a time when the call for gender parity is more prevalent than ever, the Whistler Film Festival 2017, taking placed from November 29 to December 3, will screen 14 feature films and 16 short films directed by women, which makes up 30% of this year’s film programming, the highest percentage for the festival to date. Continue reading…

Five of the female-directed features and eight of the female-directed shorts on the 2017 program have been nominated for AWFJ’s EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Festival 2017. This is the fourth consecutive year of EDA Award presentations at Whistler Film Festival.

WFF 2017 also has 40 Canadian females out of 82 (49%) participating in 11 different talent programs, including 14 directors, 5 producers, 4 screenwriters, 9 filmmakers, 3 actors, and 5 musicians in bands in the Music Showcase.

To mark the festival’s commitment to championing women in the industry, female filmmakers and industry leaders will ascend to the top of Whistler Mountain for WFF’s second annual Women on Top Keynote and Breakfast on December 2 sponsored by Whistler Blackcomb. The keynote will be delivered by American film producer and co-founder of Resonate Entertainment Susan Cartsonis, who was named “one of the top five grossing producers of the year” by The Hollywood Reporter, in the year her film WHAT WOMEN WANT became the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time at the time of its release and remains number two to this day.

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