CBC Canada asked 7 Canadian women being celebrated at TIFF this year.
At the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this week, Telefilm Canada and Birks partnered for the 4th annual Birks Diamond Tribute, which honoured 12 women working in the Canadian film industry : directors Tracey Deer, Ann-Marie Fleming, April Mullen, Léa Pool and Ann Shin ; actors Amanda Crew, Caroline Dhavernas, Christine Horne, Sandra Oh and Jennifer Podemski; and scriptwriters Emma Donoghue and Marie Vien.
The women were selected by a pan-Canadian jury of 20 journalists and bloggers covering the world of arts, culture and entertainment, and collectively they certainly have much to celebrate. But looking at the 91 features to come out of Canada in 2013-’14, a study by ‘Women in View’ found that 22 per cent of those movies were written by women, and just 17 per cent were made by female directors. It’s clear that discussion surrounding the issues facing women in the industry needs to continue – which is why CBC Arts asked seven of the women being honoured at TIFF to chime in on what the Canadian industry can do to set a higher bar for women in film.
What do you think differentiates being a Canadian woman in film from being an American woman in film? What are the pros and cons ?
April Mullen: Being a Canadian woman in the entertainment industry has all the challenges you’d find crossing any border. The percentages are low across the board when it come to women in film and that’s a fact; however, I tend to focus on supporting and celebrating women that are succeeding and breaking through. I feel it is important to strive for more of a balance in terms of a female perspectives which includes all aspects : unique scripts and stronger female characters and directorial voices.
I believe if the younger generation starts to see celebrated women in film and awareness is amplified, then we are on track to give them the courage it takes to know it’s possible. If you see it, you believe. At a younger age this makes a huge impact for young creators. It is a long term goal where we now are the trailblazers to a more balanced industry.
What do you think we need to do as a collective industry — and society — to make Canada set the bar even higher for women in film ?
The bar is set high and we are here – now it’s time to allow creative freedom and be sure that Canadians see Canadian cinema and talent. Strive to foster a new generation of women and celebrate the ones that have been the trailblazers.
Who is another woman in film — Canadian or otherwise — that you really admire and why ?
Andrea Arnold. I just saw American Honey in Cannes and it shook my soul — I have not stopped thinking about the standout raw moments in that film.
Source : CBC Canada (19.09.2016)
The Niagara based Mullen family is full of talent ! Congrats to Melanie Mullen for winning “Niagara Rises Best Short” for ‘Stalker Breakup’ and April Mullen for winning the “Emerging Artist Award” for ‘Farhope Tower.’
The Toronto-based Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival has wrapped for its 14th edition, and honored Liz Marshall’s The Ghosts In Our Machine and Sebastien Mez’s Metamorphosen in its awards ceremony over the weekend.
Jury members for the category include filmmaker/activists Velcrow Ripper and Andrew Nisker, and journalist Geoff Pevere.
Lastly, the Green Screen Award, which grants CDN$5,000 to productions that demonstrate the best methods and procedures to “green” the process and reduce their environmental footprint, went to narrative feature Dead Before Dawn 3D from April Mullen, with Liz Marshall’s Ghosts In Our Machine as runner-up, winning $1,000.
The Planet In Focus Environmental Film Festival screened a total of 21 feature films and 11 shorts from November 21-24.
This year’s 3D Stereo MEDIA event also hosted the inaugural International 3D Society Europe Awards.
During a gala evening held on Dec, 6th at the Royal Opera House of Liège, awards were handed out for other strands of 3D Stereo MEDIA. These included the 3D Film Festival, with Canadian horror “Dead Before Dawn 3D” among the winners, and the AWEX Prize (awarded to a Belgian company particularly active in 3D outside Belgium) which went to Alterface.
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This year, the International 3D Society (I3DS) also chose 3D Stereo MEDIA to host its inaugural I3DS-Europe Awards, open to major 3D productions from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
Christian Ditter’s Vicky and “the Treasure of the Gods” and Martin Clapp’s “Magic Piano” were among the main winners in the film categories, each scooping two awards.
… Congratulations to April and Tim !