Female Film Focus: The Vancouver Women in Film and TV Festival 2011

The Vancouver Women in Film and TV Festival felt like it swished by in just a few seconds, seriously. From 4 until 6 March 2011 an extensive programme of carefully selected films was being screened at the Vancity Theatre in downtown Vancouver, all made by and with some amazing female filmmakers. As it was happening during my first week at a new job though I barely managed to see anything apart from the films that were on during my actual shifts.

What I did catch was impressive, not only the films but also the Q&A sessions afterwards. A Window Looking In was a portrait of 12 BC based artists, with stunning visuals and interviewees that included Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan. Sisters in Arms portrayed female Canadian soldiers serving in Afghanistan and the impact their deployment had on their lives and the lives of their loved ones. I also saw Leave Them Laughing for the second time after having watched it at VIFF last October – just as emotional as the first time around.

Even though the festival passed me by a bit too quickly for my liking, it was another reminder of what powerful stories can emerge when the creative ideas and output of women working in film are being supported and strengthened. Apart from screenings with Q&A sessions and a Women in the Director’s Chair Panel there was also a Digital Media Forum, Pitching Sessions and an Industry Showcase, all in all a compact display of the creative contributions of women to the Canadian and international film scene. More please!

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