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