EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Festival: Feature and Shorts Nominees Announced — Jennifer Merin reports

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whistler logo 2017The Alliance of Women Film Journalists and Whistler Film Festival are proud to announce the nominees for two AWFJ EDA Awards to be presented at the 2017 festival. This is the fourth consecutive year of the partnership between Whistler Film Festival and AWFJ to honor films directed by women. Whistler Film Festival nominates films for consideration. Juries are comprised of AWFJ members. The winners will be announced and the EDA Awards will be presented at the festival’s awards ceremony on December 3, 2017. Continue reading…


PORCUPINE LAKE, directed by Ingrid Veninger
STORY OF A GIRL, directed by Kyra Sedgwick
NEVER SAW IT COMING, directed by Gail Harvey
VENUS, directed by Eisha Marjara
NEVER HERE, directed Camille Thoman

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 STAKEOUT, directed by Jax Smith
DEAR HATETTS, directed by Kerry Barber
LOLZ-ITA, directed by Katie Boland
WAITING FOR LOU, directed by Katerine Martineau
UNINTENTIONAL MOTHER, directed by Mary Galloway
THE THINGS YOU THINK I’M THINKING, directed by Sherren Lee
THE BURDEN, directed by Niki Lindroth von Bahr
WE FORGOT TO BREAK UP, directed by Chandler Levack

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 – RogerEbert.com – Washington, DC.


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 more information on WFF and the nominated films, visit whistlerfilmfestival.com.

For more information on AWFJ’s EDA Awards, cick here.

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Jennifer Merin

Jennifer Merin is the Film Critic for Womens eNews and contributes the CINEMA CITIZEN blog for and is managing editor for Women on Film, the online magazine of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, of which she is President. She has served as a regular critic and film-related interviewer for The New York Press and About.com. She has written about entertainment for USA Today, The L.A. Times, US Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Endless Vacation Magazine, Daily News, New York Post, SoHo News and other publications. After receiving her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts (Grad Acting), Jennifer performed at the O'Neill Theater Center's Playwrights Conference, Long Wharf Theater, American Place Theatre and LaMamma, where she worked with renown Japanese director, Shuji Terayama. She subsequently joined Terayama's theater company in Tokyo, where she also acted in films. Her journalism career began when she was asked to write about Terayama for The Drama Review. She became a regular contributor to the Christian Science Monitor after writing an article about Marketta Kimbrell's Theater For The Forgotten, with which she was performing at the time. She was an O'Neill Theater Center National Critics' Institute Fellow, and then became the institute's Coordinator. While teaching at the Universities of Wisconsin and Rhode Island, she wrote "A Directory of Festivals of Theater, Dance and Folklore Around the World," published by the International Theater Institute. Denmark's Odin Teatret's director, Eugenio Barba, wrote his manifesto in the form of a letter to "Dear Jennifer Merin," which has been published around the world, in languages as diverse as Farsi and Romanian. Jennifer's culturally-oriented travel column began in the LA Times in 1984, then moved to The Associated Press, LA Times Syndicate, Tribune Media, Creators Syndicate and (currently) Arcamax Publishing. She's been news writer/editor for ABC Radio Networks, on-air reporter for NBC, CBS Radio and, currently, for Westwood One's America In the Morning. She is a member of the Critics Choice Association in the Film, Documentary and TV branches and a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. For her AWFJ archive, type "Jennifer Merin" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).