Women Directors Get Their Own VOD Channel

Women Directors Get Their Own VOD Channel

CanadaScreens.ca launches new channel devoted to films directed by Women, curated by Women in the Director’s Chair


For anyone who’s ever wondered where they can find more films directed by women, the answer is here!

First Weekend Club’s Canada Screens is excited to announce the launch of a new VOD channel dedicated exclusively to female directors, curated by Women in the Director’s Chair (WIDC).  In addition, each feature film will be paired with a complimentary woman-directed short film, courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada.

The channel, which will grow Canada Screens’ existing line up, will include film titles such as Louise Archambault’s Gabrielle, Chloé Robichaud’s Sarah Prefers to Run, Kari Skogland’sThe Stone Angel, Larysa Kondracki’s The Whistleblower, Sara St. Onge’s Molly Maxwell,  Sook-Yin Lee’s Year of the Carnivore, Mary Harron’s The Moth Diaries, Gia Milani’s All the Wrong Reasons, and WIDC alumnae’s Anita Doran’s, The Lesser Blessed, Shandi Mitchell’sThe Disappeared, and H&G, by Danishka Esterhazy.

Anita Adams, First Weekend Club‘s Executive Director says: “There are some truly great films and powerful stories created by women, and we believe this channel will showcase some of the incredible talent that we have across Canada. Women directors already face so many challenges just to get their films made. It’s our hope that through this new channel we can help these films find a bigger audience and create more of an appreciation for films made by women.”
Carol Whiteman, President and CEO of Women in the Director’s Chair says: “It just made sense to collaborate with Canada Screens on the launch of this new channel. Building a more easily accessible collection of films by some of Canada’s most gifted women screen directors is a strategic part of WIDC’s 20th Anniversary celebrations, and we’re thrilled that Siobhan Devine will be our first WIDC director curator.“

Our Stories, told to the World. Anywhere. Anytime. Launched in 2015, First Weekend Club’s Canada Screens is a unique Video-on-Demand service dedicated to the best of Canadian cinema, curated by top Canadian filmmakers & stars such as Tatiana Maslany, Jason Priestley, Sarah Polley, Atom Egoyan, Sarah Gadon, Paul Gross, and others. For more info:  www.CanadaScreens.ca | Twitter: @CanadaScreens.


Mentorship-Development-Production Support: Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) is an internationally respected initiative specifically designed to advance the careers and fiction screen projects of Canadian women directors. Since its inception in 1997, over 200 women directors from across Canada have benefited from WIDC initiatives, production awards and development programs. These talented women-to-watch have gone on to direct hundreds of hours of award-winning feature-lengths, short films, and digital media content.
For more about WIDC, visit: www.widc.ca | Twitter: @WIDC_ca

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