WIDC Feature Film Award Announced - JORDAN CANNING WINS $120,000 PRIZE

Posted by Meghan Stickney on Feb 27, 2015 5:10:29 PM

Vancouver, Canada (March 2015) – Award-winning Canadian filmmaker Jordan Canning is the winner of the 2015 WIDC Feature Film Award, a $120,000 in-kind prize designed to encourage more feature films directed by women in British Columbia and supported by some of Canada’s most influential screen-industry companies. 


This year’s award, administered by Creative Women Workshops Association, will support Canning to complete her sophomore feature film, Suck It Up.  The prestigious prize includes: in-kind rentals from North Shore Studios, The Bridge Studios or Vancouver Film Studios; production equipment rentals from William F. White International; camera package from Panavision Canada, Clairmont Camera and Digital or SIM Digital; and post production support from Encore, a Deluxe Entertainment Group, and the support of Front Row Insurance.


“It's an enormous and humbling honour to have been selected for this year's award. I am deeply connected to this project and the team behind it,” says Canning. “And to have the support of WIDC and the award's incredible sponsors will allow us to truly do the story justice.”


Canning goes on to say, “We have an opportunity to tell a story about grieving in our youth – something we rarely see on film, but a reality that more and more of us are dealing with in our 20s and 30s.”


“This award is a critical way to help ensure women directors and their film projects are seen by audiences”,” says Carol Whiteman, President & CEO CWWA and award-winning WIDC Producer. “Announcing this year’s award after an opening weekend screening of a previous winner’s film is like passing the baton in a relay of excellent story-telling.”


The award will be announced at the opening weekend screening of 2011 WIDC Feature Film Award winner, WIDC alumna Ana Valine’s dramatic feature film directorial debut, Sitting on the Edge of Marlene, produced by Amber Ripley. Valine’s direction of Sitting on the Edge of Marlene has garnered her a WIFT Vancouver Award for Artistic Achievement, the BC Emerging Filmmaker Award at 2014 VIFF and a Leo Award for Best Direction.  Marlene will have a cross-Canada theatrical release courtesy of eOne.


Research shows that women still make up less than 10% of directors on feature film projects in Canada.  The WIDC Feature Film Award represents industry leadership and support from some of the most significant industry members in Canada to help change that statistic.




Carol Whiteman, WIDC Producer/CWWA President & CEO

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Front Row Insurance Brokers are a proud sponsor of Crazy8s 2015

Posted by Mike Groner on Feb 10, 2015 4:46:00 PM

Front Row Insurance Brokers are a proud sponsor of #Crazy8sFilms15. Don’t miss the 16th Annual Crazy8s 2015 Gala Screening & Party Sat Feb 28. 

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015Crazy8s Films
Time: 7:00pm (Doors at 6:00pm)
Location: THE CENTRE, 777 Homer St, Vancouver, BC

Dress to impress and come witness the premiere of the six 2015 Crazy8s short films -- made in just eight days from Feb 13 to 20. Preceding the premiere screenings of our films, we will show our latest Behind-the-scenes film, sure to become a legend in its own right.

This year's Gala is hosted by Diana Bang (from The Interview and Assaulted Fish comedy troupe) and Nelson Wong (from American Mary and Assaulted Fish comedy troupe).

Invite your friends to our event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/406919146150137

This year's Crazy8s Afterparty will be at SCIENCE WORLD.

Time: 9:00pm - 2:00am

Location: 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver, BC 



This year, our legendary Afterparty returns once again to the spacious environs of Science World, with more than enough room to accommodate our growing number of attendees.

Crazy8s Science WorldAfter entering on a red carpet photo wall, guests will dance toDJ Static of WEFUNK Radio, rock out to Colleen Rennisonand the band No Sinner and party down to DJ Emilita.

There's also plenty of chill-out space to socialize with both local film industry veterans and up-and-comers.

 As a bonus for being at Science World, party-goers will have full access to the fascinating and fun interactive displays.


There will also be multiple cash bars with a wide selection of drinks, as well as food catered by Sugar Mountain Catering.

An evening not to be missed!


Tickets ARE NOW ON SALE! http://t.co/B6aVQNDduD



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