Whistler Film Festival Filmmaker Interview: Emily Dickinson on MARCH

First time director Emily Dickinson’s narrative short March takes place in 2024, and follows an American woman in her mid-twenties, as she travels to Canada to get a now-illegal abortion. A day in her life showcases abortion tourism, the current state of relations between the two neighbouring nations, the implications of a misogynist government, and the resilience of women. March is nominated for the EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Short at Whistler Film Festival 2020.

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Whistler Film Festival Filmmaker Interview: Janice Mingas on WHEN THE NIGHT COMES

When The Night Has Come sheds light on the dangerous reality of systemic racism and police brutality. It tells the story of Matt, a young Black man whose life is forever changed after he is stopped by the police for an identity check. The film is particularly timely.

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Whistler Film Festival 2020: EDA Award Nominees and AWFJ Juries – Jennifer Merin reports

For the eighth consecutive year, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists has 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 virtually from December 1 to 20, 2020.

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WEEK IN WOMEN – IFC acquires A CALL TO SPY, WWII Female Spy Drama – Brandy McDonnell reports

IFC Films has acquired the North American rights to A Call to Spy, the feature directorial debut of Academy Award-nominated documentary producer Lydia Dean Pilcher, which centers on the courageous unsung female spies who served in World War II. IFC is planning an autumn release.

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PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE – Review by Diane Carson

Writer/director Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a haunting examination of love and the restrictions imposed on women by eighteenth-century French society. Artist Marianne is commissioned to paint a portrait of Héloïse, a work solicited by her potential husband in Milan for his approval and acceptance of Héloïse as his wife.

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AWFJ’s 2020 EDA Award Nominees – Jennifer Merin reports

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists announces the nominees for the 2020 AWFJ EDA Awards in 25 categories, divided into three sections: the standard “Best Of” section, the “Female Focus” awards and the irreverent “EDA Special Mention” awards – including the She Deserves a New Agent Award and the AWFJ Hall of Shame Award. In AWFJ’s fourteenth annual EDA Awards season, nominations are dominated by three femme-helmed films.

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Filmmaker Meryam Joobeur on Oscar-nominated BROTHERHOOD – Jennifer Merin interviews

Filmmaker Meryam Joobeur’s 25 minute narrative film takes us to rural Tunisia and into the life of a hardened shepherd, Mohamed, who is deeply shaken when his estranged son Malik, who’d left the family to fight for ISIS, returns home with a Syrian wife. Tensions between father and son slowly build into an inevitable and heartbreaking confrontation with devastating results.

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AWFJ EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Festival 2019: The Winners – Jennifer Merin reports

For the seventh 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 2019 festival, held in Whistler from December 4 to 8, 2019.

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