Sarah Fortin, Robin Hauser, and Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers + Carmine Pierre-Dufour make waves as AWFJ’s Best Female Directors
Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) and the Whistler Film Festival (WFF) and the are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s AWFJ EDA Awards.
Each year the AWFJ recognizes the amazing work that is created by women and for women, both in front and behind the camera, by adjudicating WFF films and presenting the AWFJ EDA Awards. These awards are presented in three categories: Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature, Best Female-Directed Short Film, and new for 2021, Best Female-Directed Narrative Documentary. The 21st edition of the Whistler Film Festival includes 81 films, 40 features and 41 shorts and this year achieved directorial gender parity, with 20 of 40 features and 25 of 41 shorts directed or co-directed by women or non-binary individuals.
The Alliance of Women Film Journalists presented this year’s EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Feature to Nouveau Quebec directed by Sarah Fortin.
The jury stated that “Nouveau Quebec is a suspenseful and thoroughly engaging slow-burning drama from first time writer-director Sarah Fortin. It is a couple-in-crisis drama wrapped in a mystery. Fortin’s film thrives in how it captures and represents intense trauma in an isolated location and the culture of the area’s Innu and Naskapi residents with the dexterity of a more experienced filmmaker. We’re eager to see more films from this skilled and sensitive young director.” NOUVEAU QUEBEC premieres online today and is available across Canada until December 31.
The jury awarded the EDA Award for Best Female Directed Narrative Documentary to $AVVY, directed by Robin Hauser. Robin Hauser was congratulated on her use of strong visuals, colorful animation, and informed, engaging experts to create a film that shows learning about financial literacy can be fun and educational. The jury further noted that the film has the power to change lives, giving individuals, particularly women who are especially vulnerable to money troubles, practical steps to achieving and maintaining solvency. $AVVY is available to view to a worldwide audience until December 31.
The Alliance of Women Film Journalists presented the EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Short Film to Fanmi directed by Carmine Pierre-Dufour and Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers. The jury stated that Fanmi mines the unspoken bonds of mother/daughter relationships to provide an intimate portrait of two strong-willed women who will do anything in their power to protect each other and learn from past mistakes. Fanmi is available to stream across Canada as part of the ShortWorks 1 program until December 31.
The Narrative Feature jury included Liz Braun, Sandie Angulo Chen, Tara Karajica, Jennifer Merin (Chair). The jury for feature-length Best Female-Directed Documentary included: Ulkar Alakbarova, Leba Hertz, Karen Martin (Chair), Tara McNamara (Common Sense Media), and the EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Short included Marina Antunes (Chair), Betsy Bozdech, Marilyn Ferdinand, and Kathia Woods.
AWFJ’S EDA AWARDS PROGRAM
AWFJ presents EDA Awards at year’s end and throughout the year at selected film festivals. The EDAs are named in honor of AWFJ founder Jennifer Merin’s mother, Eda Reiss Merin, a stage, film and television actress whose career spanned more than 60 years. A dedicated foot soldier in the industry, Eda was one of the founders of AFTRA and a long-standing Member of AMPAS. EDA is also an acronym for Excellent Dynamic Activism, qualities shared by Eda Reiss Merin, AWFJ members and those honored with EDA Awards.
VIEWER ACCESS TO WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2021 AWARD WINNERS
The full slate of WFF Award Winners will be announced at the WFF Awards Show online on December 19. Films continue to premiere on watch.whistlerfilmfestival.com until December 25 with viewing available until December 31. To support our artists, WFF is splitting net film ticket proceeds with the filmmakers and Canadian rights holders.