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.

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AWFJ EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Festival 2022: THE WINNERS – Jennifer Merin reports

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is proud to announce the winners of the AWFJ EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Feature and Best Female-Directed Short at Whistler Film Festival 2022. The EDA Awards were presented at a virtual awards ceremony on December 13, 2022. This is the tenth anniversary of the AWFJ and WFF partnership to recognize and honor the work of female filmmakers. WFF nominates the films for consideration. AWFJ members are the jurors. Great results.

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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.

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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.

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BUFFY SAINT-MARIE: CARRY IT ON (Whistler Film Fest 2022) – Review by Marina Antunes

While much of the material covered by Madison Thomas is not new to Buffy Saint-Marie fans, the documentary offers a wealth of insight for fans and non-fans alike; fans will appreciate the artist speaking about her life and career in her own voice, while others will learn a little more about Saint-Marie and hopefully understand why she is such an essential part of cultural history.

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SOFT-SPOKEN WEEPY CULT CHILD (WFF 2022) – Review by Marina Antunes

Hope is your typical 16-year-old: confident one moment, shy the next, experienced in some things and not so much in others. Unlike your average teen, she’s also at a crossroads when it comes to her living arrangement. Her grandmother, with whom she’s been living with for some time, is dying of cancer and Hope is left with limited options. It’s either social services or she reunites with her mother, the same mother who abandoned her to pursue life with a cult. For reasons unknown to everyone, she opts for option two.

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AWFJ EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Fest 2022: Nominees and Jurors – Jennifer Merin reports

The 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 2022 festival. This is the tenth 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 at this year’s virtual awards ceremony.

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Whistler Film Festival: Women in the Director’s Chair 2022 – Jennifer Merin reports

Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) is a Canadian nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting women filmmakers and developing their projects. Among its successful programs, WIDC IS partnering with Whistler film Festival for the ninth year to present its In the Director’s Chair Story & Leadership program, an intensive mentorship that benefits eight mid-career and non-binary filmmakers from across Canada and representing Canada’s diverse population. The filmmakers selected for the 2022 program will attend this year’s Whistler Film Festival (taking place November 30 through December 4 and online until January 2, 2023), participating in the WFF Industry Immersion program.

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AWFJ Announces Winners of EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Festival 2021 – Jennifer Merin reports

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists and the Whistler Film Festival are pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 AWFJ EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Festival. In our ninth consecutive year of partnering to recognize and honor female filmmakers. This year, Sarah Fortin, Robin Hauser, and Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers + Carmine Pierre-Dufour make waves as AWFJ’s Best Female Directors.

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AWFJ @ Whistler Film Fest: Jurors and Nominated Films Announced – Jennifer Merin reports

For the ninth 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 2021 festival, held in person from December 1 to 5, and online through December 31, 2021.

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