For Immediate Release
October 15, 2013
THE ALLIANCE OF WOMEN FILM JOURNALISTS ANNOUNCES PRESENTATION OF EDA AWARDS AT WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2013
New York – The Alliance of Women Film Journalists Inc. (AWFJ) is pleased to announce the presentation of juried AWFJ EDA Awards at this year’s Whistler Film Festival, held from December 4 to 8, 2013 in Whistler, British Columbia.
AWFJ, a nonprofit organization of leading female film journalists with active members in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, recognizes outstanding achievements by women filmmakers by presenting its prestigious EDA Awards at year’s end and at select film festivals.
At Whistler Film Festival 2013, EDA Awards will be presented for Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature and for Best Female-Directed Documentary. Eligible female-directed films are being screened as part of the festival’s regular program, and are being nominated for EDA Awards consideration by Whistler Film Festival’s administration and programmers. Read on…
Jury panels for both EDA Awards categories will be drawn from the AWFJ membership, with five jurors assigned to each panel. Chairperson for the narrative feature panel is Vancouver-based Katherine Brodsky, and chairing the documentaries panel is New York-based Jennifer Merin. The names of jury members will be announced at a later date.
“We feel that Whistler Film Festival’s excellent programming, loyal following and filmmaker friendly atmosphere make it the ideal selection for AWFJ’s our first Canadian partner in the presentation of EDA Awards for outstanding female-films shown in the film festival milieu,” said Jennifer Merin, AWFJ’s president.
The EDA Awards will be presented to winners at the Whistler Film Festival awards ceremony on December 8 2013.
ABOUT THE AWFJ and EDA AWARDS
The Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Inc. (AWFJ), a not-for-profit corporation, is an international association of leading professional female movie critics, reporters and feature writers working in print, broadcast and online media, dedicated to supporting film work by and about women – both in front of and behind the cameras – through intra-group promotional activities, outreach programs and by presenting the annual AWFJ EDA Awards in recognition of outstanding accomplishments (the best and worst) by and about women in the movies. In 2012, AWFJ launched a new program to present EDA Awards to women filmmakers in partnership with select film festivals and organizations. Film festivals to date include the Salem Film Fest and St Louis International Film Festival in the U.S., the Whistler Film Festival in Canada and Sheffield Doc/Fest in the U.K. In June 2013, a special EDA Award will be presented as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of P.O.V., the renowned documentary series that airs on the national Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the United States.
ABOUT WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL
The Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) is a cultural charitable organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, the industry and audiences in Whistler. WFFS produces one of Canada’s leading film festivals and plays a leadership role in offering professional and project development programs for filmmakers.
Whistler is Canada’s premier, year-round destination located in the spectacular Coast Mountains of British Columbia, and just two hours north of Vancouver. Consistently ranked the number one mountain resort in North America, Whistler features two majestic mountains, epic skiing and snowboarding conditions, four championship golf courses, more than 200 shops, 90 restaurants and bars, Accommodations galore, hiking trails, spas and arguably the best mountain bike park in the world. In short, Whistler has everything you will ever need to have the time of your life – and so much more.
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