AWFJ EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Festival 2023 – Jennifer Merin reports

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists and Whistler Film Festival are proud to announce the winners of the AWFJ EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Feature and Best Female-Directed Short at Whistler Film Festival 2023. The winners were announced at the Whistler Film Festival awards ceremony on Sunday, December 3, 2023. This is the eleventh consecutive year of the partnership between AWFJ and WFF to recognize and honor the work of female filmmakers. WFF nominated four narrative films and six short films for consideration by AWFJ’s member jurors.

Read more

MIDNIGHT AT THE PARADISE (WFF2022) – Review by Rachel West

Midnight At The Paradise is an assured drama from first-time feature director Vanessa Matsui who shows real talent in storytelling. With a script written by Bill Robertson, it is no surprise the film has drawn comparisons to Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy for its relationship conversations and to Sarah Polley’s quiet Toronto marriage drama Take This Waltz. Opening up questions of what makes a good marriage and the consequences of impulsive decisions is at the core of the story.

Read more

POLARIS (WFF2022) – Review by Rachel West

Set in a snowy 2144 following what can only be assumed to be a global eco-disaster, viewers are introduced to 10-year-old Sumi (Viva Lee). In a world seemingly without men or technology, Sumi has been raised by a polar bear “mother” and shares a kinetic and deep bond with nature, guided by Polaris, the North Star. Surviving off the land, Sumi’s brutal but contented existence is interrupted when she is violently kidnapped and locked in a cage by a band of female hunters. It is here that her grisly adventure begins in earnest. One of the most inventive and visionary Canadian films in recent years, Polaris is a must-watch.

Read more

Whistler Film Festival 2020 EDA Award Winners – Jennifer Merin reports

For the eighth consecutive year, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists has had the honor to partner with Whistler Film Festival to recognize women filmmakers with presentation of EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Feature Film and Best Female-Directed Short at the 2020 festival, held online December 1 to 20, 2020.

Read more

Whistler Film Festival 2019: Cate Smierciak on MUDPOTS

Cate Smierxiak’s Mudpots is about two inseparable friends who are, due to forces beyond their control, about to be separated. The film is a coming of age tale about being a teenager who is old enough to be aware of changes in life but not able to control or even influence the most impactful events that form the future. Mudpots is among the short films nominated for an AWFJ EDA Award at Whistler Film Festival 2019. Here’s what Cate Smierciak has to say about the making and meaning of the film..

Read more

Whistler Film Festival 2019: Katharine O’Brien on LOST TRANSMISSIONS

Lost Transmissions is about mental illness. It’s also about the mental wavelengths we’re on, trying to connect to with one another, and missing. On one hand the film is grounded in realism. It shows someone trying to help their friend with psychiatric care. On the other hand, the film looks at how bizarre the real world is if we take a moment to consider it in depth. Lost Transmissions is the opening film at Whistler Film Festival 2019, where it is among the films nominated for an AWFJ EDA Award. Here’s what directior Katharine O’Briien has to say about making the film.

Read more

Whistler Film Festival 2019: Lydia Dean Pilcher on LIBERTÉ: A CALL TO SPY – Jennifer Merin interviews

Financed and shot independently, filmmaker Lydia Dean Pilcher’s thrilling truth-based narrative is about female spies of the Allied resistance during WWII. Forced to consider new avenues for espionage after the Nazis invade France, Sir Winston Churchill created a covert brigade of female spies lead by American expatriate Virginia Hall and Muslim pacifist Noor Inayat Khan who formed a sisterhood while entangled in dangerous missions to help stop Hitler.

Read more

Whistler Film Festival 2019: Katia Shannon on STANDSTILL – Jennifer Merin interviews

Katia Shannon’s Standstill is about a young woman who arrives at an intersection in her life. On the way to starting a new life with her boyfriend, Amanda gets stuck in traffic. Her fight to get through the gridlock turns into a fight for survival as her body comes to a standstill. With panic mounting, Amanda must face her deepest vulnerabilities in order to survive. Standstill has been nominated for an EDA Award at Whistler Film Festival 2019. Here’s what Shannon has to say about her deeply personal short film.

Read more

Whistler Film Festival Wraps Another Successful Year – Marina Antunes reports

Whistler Film Festival wrapped another successful year and 2018, their 18th installment, proved to be as successful as previous years. WFF has long been a hub for female creatives and 2018 was no different. In addition to the films in this years’ EDA Awards competitions, and films featuring strong female leads, the festival was once again host to Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch series which included no less than five female screenwriters.

Read more

SPOTLIGHT October 2017: Agnès Varda, Filmmaker, Honorary Oscar Recipient, Director of FACES PLACES

agnes vardaAgnès Varda’s creative process reflects her storied career. In 63 years of filmmaking the sole female Nouvelle Vague director has created a vast body of work. Now, at age 89, Varda has a new film and honor to add to her long list of achievements and awards.. Viva Varda!

Read more