Launched at the 2016 Whistler Film Festival and headed up by a stellar jury, Five in Focus will identify and promote five talented female directors every year for three years.
The five finalists are offered a networking day, courtesy of Telefilm Canada, including tailored meetings with the five jurors and other private and public sector industry decision-makers. Each director will also receive $2,500 in services from William F. White as part of their national grants programme, and passes to the Toronto International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, and the Whistler Film Festival.
“It’s an invitation we’re sending out to our colleagues in the industry,” said Louise Clark, President and Executive Producer, Lark Productions, “We simply want to say, ‘these are terrific talents. We wanted to bring this talent to the industry’s attention.”