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Networking Coffee Chat

Tuesday, February 18th

VFS Café (390 W Hastings)

FREE for Members
$10 for Non-Members

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Topic: Filmmaking Challenges
Guest Speaker: Local filmmakers with films at VIWFF
Location: VFS Cafe (390 West Hastings)
Free for WIFTV members – $10.00 for non-members

This month’s coffee chat features the filmmakers behind a few films that will be shown at the 2020 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival:

Adhel Arop: is a multidisciplinary artist, Model and director debuting her first film Who AM I.

Odessa Shuquaya is a citizen of the Kluane First Nation in Yukon and now lives in the unceded territories of əsəlil̓wətaʔɬ, Xʷməθkwəy̓əm, & Sḵwx̱wú7meshsi Nations. Odessa holds a BFA in Theatre from UBC as well as certificates in Indigenous Filmmaking and Cinematography from Capilano University. She has been pursuing her own vision through narrative storytelling, documentary and theatre. Odessa’s short films have been screened all over the world in film festivals and galleries as well as broadcast on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and the CBC.

Annette Reilly is an award-winning filmmaker and actor, known for her role as Diana Spellman, Sabrina’s mortal mother, in the Netflix original “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”. Growing up in small town Alberta, she pursued her love of theatre with a BFA from UVic and was eventually led to film in an effort to bring pressing social justice issues into cinematic storytelling. Her most recent film, “A Typical Fairytale” (which she directed, produced, and acted in), is currently doing the film festival circuit, was nominated for 4 Leo Awards, and has won an award for Best Art Direction. Her most recent film, SPIRIT GLITCH, part of the Telus Storyhive Indigenous Edition, made its international premiere at the ImagineNative Film Festival in October, 2019, and will continue its festival run through 2020.

Michelle Muldoon is a Vancouver based writer and filmmaker who marries her love for writing female characters with her love of the action films she grew up watching with her father on snowy weekend afternoons. Her short content has screened worldwide and most recently, was the only female director at the prestigious Almeria Western Film Festival in Spain. As a past Board Member of WIFTV Michelle created the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival Screenplay Competition, and currently teaches the Introductory Screenwriting Workshop for Raindance Vancouver.

Rami Kahlon is a professional actor, published writer, and talented director from Surrey, BC. She holds a diploma in acting and clown, and a BA in Psychology and History. Her film acting credits include lead and guest star roles on Walt Disney Pictures, MTV, and The CW. Her directing works have received her nominations for “Best Director” and “Best Short.” She is passionate about creating independent content and looks forward to contributing to more home-grown productions.

Doreen Manuel (Secwepemc/Ktunaxa) is the sixth child of Grand Chief George Manuel and Spiritual Leader Marceline Manuel. She is the Director of the Bosa Centre for Film and Animation; serves on the Board of Directors of Knowledge Network; is a partner with the Talent to Watch Telefilm Fund; is a Matriarch with the IM4 virtual and augmented reality training program; an instructor for the Women in Film and Television: Coyote, Raven, Spider, Wendigo: Tricksters and Writers feature film screenwriting program; an advisor of the Telus Indigenous Storyhive fund; and works with three local diversity film industry groups. She is an award winning filmmaker with an extensive background as a leader working in First Nations education and community development in both rural and urban centers. Doreen is also the owner of Running Wolf Productions.

The session will be moderated by performer Amanda Burke (The X-Files, Riverdale, Bella Ciao!, Cadence)

Note: Coffee will be available for purchase!

Matrix Mixer VIWFF Launch Party

Thursday, February 20th

M’Bar (below Moxies on 180 W Georgia St)

FREE for Members
$20 for Non-Members
(must be purchased by
a member
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Location: M’Bar (below Moxies on 180 W Georgia St)
Doors: 6:30pm
Last call at 8:00pm  

We’re back with another #MATRIXMIXER – Festival style! 

Launch the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival with us celebrating VIWFF with filmmakers, WIFTV members, staff and board members.  Drinks and Appies will be served.  The event is free for members/ $20 for non-members.  

Registration is required. 

A drink ticket is provided with your registration and will be given to you at the door when you check in.  We can’t wait to see you there! #VIWFF2020

Advocacy Panels

Tuesday, March 3rd

Registration Required

It’s 2020 – are we there yet?

Two panel discussions examine both federal and provincial actions toward addressing the lack of gender parity and inclusivity in the film and television industry.


In 2016, Canada’s major film and television funding agencies and government production organizations committed to 50:50 by 2020 in funding and opportunities for women in creative leadership positions. Historic inequities for women directors, writers, and producers as well as with some organizations – editors, cinematographers and composers -were going to be addressed.  At the same time, many of these organizations were also going to examine and address the historic lack of inclusivity and diversity in these roles. 

This panel will provide an update on where these organizations are with these commitments and what work still remains to be done.  Invited panelists will include leaders from the CBC, Canada Media Fund, Telefilm Canada and the NFB as well as representatives of Women in View, WIFTV’s Advocacy Committee and filmmakers. 


A recently released Labour Market Information Report indicates several gaps in the hiring and representation of women and visible minorities in BC’s live action workforce: men outnumber women two to one, and only 15% of racialized performers and crew members are getting work, despite making up 30% of the workforce.

Panelists will respond to the Report and discuss solutions including the potential for a modernization of the tax credit to make a difference. Invited panelists will include union and industry representatives as well as industry leaders.

Opening Night: Screening & Celebration

Tuesday, March 3rd
7:00PM-9:15PM- Screening

9:15PM-11:00PM- Party

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Celebrate the opening of VIWFF with a screening of Red Snow, directed by Marie Clements followed by a Q&A with the director and key cast.

Then join us in the Atrium for a party featuring the launch of two singles from the Red Snow soundtrack, Dirt Walkers and We Are Still the People, performed live by:

Mozhdah Jamalzadah
Wayne Lavallee
Marina Hasselberg

Refreshments representative of Afghan cuisine will be served.

Cash bar

Virtual Reality

Wednesday, March 4th 
12:00PM – 9:00PM

Thursday, March 5th
12:00PM – 9:30PM

Friday, March 6th
12:00PM – 9:30PM

Saturday, March 7th
9:30AM – 9:00PM


VIWFF is pleased to host a Virtual Reality experiences, thanks to the National Film Board of Canada!

Museum of Symmetry (20 min)
Directed by: Paloma Dawkin

“There are no rules here. Just enjoy!”

Part invitation, part dare, an impish game mistress welcomes you into a delightfully disorienting pleasure dome inspired by geometry and nature—and wired with infectious dance beats.
What happens next feels like swimming through poetic rainbow juice.

An absurdist mind-and-body romp through the highest clouds to the ocean deep, Museum of Symmetry is the explosive feel-good alter-universe of cartoonist and animator Paloma Dawkins—a room-scale VR experience with 2D animation in a 3D playground as never been seen before.

Case Study with GoodPitch

Wednesday, March 4th

Must have a purchased
ticket to the screening
of Away From Meaning.

Following the screening of Away From Meaning, which was supported by Good Pitch Miami, Vanessa Cuervo Forero, Good Pitch Program Manager for Latin America, will present a Case Study of the film’s making. 

Good Pitch connects the world’s best social justice films with new allies and partners.

Genre Producing in Canada: A Case Study of Riot Girls

Thursday, March 5th

$12 for Members
$20 for Non-Members

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Presented by the film’s producer Lauren Grant.

From script to screen, Lauren will discuss the process of making Riot Girls. As a film with a majority of women in key creative roles, the issue of female representation in genre production will also be explored. 

Artist Talks

Thursday, March 5th

Atrium in Vancity Theatre

Join us for an informal conversation with some of our VIWFF filmmakers!

Adhel Arop (director) – Who Am I
Iris Moore (director) – The Evening Thread
Aimee Hoffman (director) – Micky

Check back for updates!

Tricksters & Writers Actor Table Read Workshop

Thursday, March 5th

Guests are invited to listen

Tricksters & Writers is a screenwriting program for Indigenous women, organized by WIFTV and developed in collaboration with Doreen Manuel, a Secwepemc/Ktunaxa First Nations filmmaker, as well as the Director of the Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film & Animation and Peggy Thompson, screenwriter (The Lotus Eaters, Better than Chocolate) and Professor Emerita of UBC’s Creative Writing Program.

The program has been offered in the Okanagan, Vancouver and on the North Island. 

Excerpts from two scripts will be workshopped by professional actors.

Owl’s Pawn by Dawn Tonks (Kamloops)
Scarred by her past and desperate for normality Angel taunts the edge of her sanity with a relentless pursuit of vengeance and redemption. 

It is Beautiful by Jules Koostachin (Vancouver)
Sassy travels back to her home community in Northern Ontario to say goodbye to her great KoKoom (grandmother) and comes face to face with a truth about herself, her twin, and the love of her life.

The 2019/2020 program has been funded by Matrix Production Services, CMPA-BC, Creative BC, TELUS STORYHIVE and INFilm

STORY + AUDIENCE: A Practical Workshop

Friday, March 6th

$25 for Members
$40 for Non-Members

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Annelise Larson is a digital strategist & mentor for filmmakers and other storytellers. In this two-hour workshop she will discuss why story and audience need to be developed at the same time to find long term success in the current (& future) media ecosystem.

She will also outline a practical approach to creating audience-led digital strategies for creative inspiration, discoverability, and fandom growth and engagement. This workshop will include a few select indie film case studies and an overview of some tools to help you get started. Her new STORY + AUDIENCE podcast with writer Jill Golick will be launching in March.

Artist Talks

Friday, March 6th


Two back-to-back Artist Talks to keep the momentum going!

Annette Reilly (director) – A Typical Fairytale
Cheryl Horner McDonough (director) – Parkland Rising
Christopher Auchter (director) – Now Is the Time
Odessa Shuquaya (director) – Cedar Tree of Life

Doreen Manuel (director) – Unceded Chiefs
Victoria Angell (producer) – Last Stand to Nowhere
Ali Froggatt (director) – Down the Rabbit Hole
Rami Kahlon (director) – Odd Girl

Check back for updates!

VIWFF 2020 Pitch Sessions

Friday, March 6th

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A pitch session is a 10-minute one-on-one non-public session that is conducted in an open room in a “speed dating” style. 


Please ensure that the person to whom you are pitching relates to your project. Before signing up, do your research, both on the company to whom you want to pitch and on the pitch professional associated with that company. Make sure it’s a good fit. Prior to the pitching day, you will receive a confirmation email indicating the exact time of your pitch session(s) between 1:00pm and 4:00pm on Friday, March 6th. 

Pitch Professionals: 

Reception: Taiwanese Treats

Friday, March 6th

Must have a purchased
ticket tp the screening of
Heavy Craving or Closing Time

Squeezed right in between two films that pay homage to Taiwanese
cuisine, this reception will offer a variety Taiwanese delicacy for
you to celebrate these films and Taiwanese culture.

Artist Talks

Saturday, March 7th


Production Room of
Vancity Theatre

Join is for a special writers edition with the finalists from our International Screenplay Competition.

Whitehall (director) – The Hunger and the City
Valeria Selinger (director) – The Rabbits’ House

Check back for updates!

Panel Discussion with Unceded Chiefs Director: Doreen Manuel

Saturday, March 7th

Must have a purchased
ticket to the screening
of Unceded Chiefs.

This panel discussion will directly follow the screening of Unceded Chiefs, featuring First Nations filmmaker Doreen Manuel.

Further details coming soon.

Reception: South Asian Sweets

Saturday, March 7th

Must have a purchased ticket
to screening of Seeing
or A First Farewell

Following the Canadian Premiere of the feature film Seeing, this reception
celebrates South Asian cuisine and dance with various sweets and
a Bhangra Dance performance.

International Women’s Day Discussion

Sunday, March 8th


International Women’s Day Discussion will feature a conversation with Helen Granqvist (President WIFT International), moderated by Susan Brinton (WIFTV’s Advocacy Chair and Media Analyst).

This event will take place at Vancity Theatre.

The Rabbits’ House Post-Screening Discussion

Sunday, March 8th


Following the screening of The Rabbit’s House, there will be a discussion between the director, Valeria Selinger, and local writer/performer, Carmen Aguirre, moderated by Joanne Walton (member of VIWFF’s film programming team).

International Women’s Day Closing Gala

Sunday, March 8th
6:30PM-8:30PM- Awards
8:30PM-11:00PM- Party

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Celebrating International Women’s Day VIWFF presents:

The Matrix Awards for the Best BC Shorts

Screening of the three Matrix Award winning shorts

The Best of the Festival Awards

The From Our Dark Side Awards

The International Screenplay Competition KEN HAYWARD Award for Best Screenplay

Followed by a party in the Atrium with refreshments, cash bar and live DJ Adia.

The Best of the Festival Awards include:

IATSE Local 891 Award for Best Feature
DGC BC Award for Best Direction
UBCP/ACTRA Award for Best Performance in a Feature
SIM Award for Best Cinematography in a Feature
CFA Award for Best Screenplay
CCE Award for Best Editing in a Feature

LUCAS TALENT Award for Best Performance in a Short
ICG 669 Award for Best Cinematography in a Short
RON HEAPS Award for Best Editing in a Short
PACIFIC BACKLOT Award for Best Documentary
CFM Award for Best Musical Score

All awards are chosen by an independent jury of film professionals. 

Tag us on social media & use #VIWFF2020 when you attend all of our events and screenings!