Thursday, November 7
A FEMALE EYE BEST IN THE BIZ TRIBUTE
4–6PM AT THE SCOTIABANK THEATRE, CINEMA #10
VIP RECEPTION TO FOLLOW IN THE SCOTIABANK LOUNGE
JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO CANADIAN WRITER AND DIRECTOR MINA SHUM
Sponsored by the DIRECTORS GUILD OF CANADA (DGC)
Over the past 17 years, the Female Eye Best in the Biz tribute and Honorary Director award has celebrated many directors who inspire me to do what I do. I’m truly thrilled to be honoured amongst them.
Born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver, Mina Shum is a multiple award-winning independent Canadian filmmaker. She has written and directed numerous shorts and five feature films that have successfully touched international and domestic audiences. Her artistic background is eclectic: she has created site-specific installations, made theatre and was also a member of an alternative rock band called Playdoh Republic. She was director resident at the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto. Her award-winning films Meditation Park (2017); Ninth Floor (2015, documentary); Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity (2002); Drive, She Said (1997); and Double Happiness (1994) have premiered at Sundance, Toronto and Berlin. Double Happiness won the Wolfgang Staudte Prize for Best First Feature at the Berlin Film Festival and the Audience Award at Torino in 1994. The New York Times calls her work “wry and winning.” Her recent directing work for television includes Frankie Drake Mysteries, Murdoch Mysteries and October Faction, an upcoming series for Netflix.
Moderator by Dr. Carol Whiteman, Co-creator & Producer, Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC)
Dr. Carol Whiteman
Best known as co-creator and producer of Canada’s internationally respected Women in the Director’s Chair (WIDC) program, Carol Whiteman is a two-time Governor General’s Award nominee and multiple award-winner for promoting gender equality in Canada’s screen industry. Since 1997, Whiteman has worked tirelessly to advance the careers, fiction feature films and network television and web series of a generation of female screen writers and directors across Canada and internationally. She has produced over 150 short films through WIDC and is executive producer on eight award-winning feature films, including Never Steady, Never Still and the soon-to-be-released Red Snow, Rustic Oracle and Queen of the Morning Calm. Whiteman recently completed her doctoral degree in education at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. Her dissertation shares an inspiring chronicle of the tenacious and transformative leadership behind WIDC’s decades-long history.