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.
“It’s an invitation we’re sending out to our colleagues in the industry,” said Louise Clark, President and Executive Producer, Lark Productions and 2017 selection committee member, “We simply want to say, ‘these are terrific talents. We wanted to bring this talent to the industry’s attention.”
“Five in Focus was one of the most professionally gratifying experiences for me. It was instrumental in helping me sign with an agent as well as getting me in front of producers which resulted in my first TV directing gigs.” said director Gloria Ui Young Kim, one of the 2017 Five in Focus directors. “This invaluable spotlight helped me to advance my career in the most meaningful way.”
For year two, Women in View has partnered with Women in Film and Television- Atlantic and Telefilm Canada to turn the spotlight on five women directors from the Atlantic region. The acclaimed selection committee for Five in Focus Atlantic are:
- Michelle Daly: Senior Director, CBC Comedy
- Allan Hawco: Actor/Producer/Writer, Take the Shot Productions
- Gosia Kamela: Production Executive, Drama & Feature Film, Bell Media
- Joan Lambur: Producer, CEO Lambur Productions
- Michael Volpe: President, Topsail Entertainment
Each of the five directors will participate in an Industry Day organized by international consultant Jan Miller, in Halifax on March 2 where they will have customized one-on-one meetings with producers, and a Master Class with some of Canada’s most respected media creators. This will be followed by their full participation in WIFT-AT’s Women Making Waves conference which begins the evening of March 2 and continues March 3 with a remarkable line-up of talent.
“We have so many talented women in Atlantic Canada working outside the mainstream. It’s exciting to see our directors given the chance to step up and show the rest of Canada what they have to offer,” says Kimberlee McTaggart, WIFT-AT chair.