Creative Women Workshops Association is a British Columbia-based organization that has since 1997 run a well-regarded program known as The Women In the Director's Chair Workshop (WIDC). Presented in partnership with Telefilm, the Banff Centre and the Alliance of Canadian Cinema Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), WIDC is a professional development program for Canadian women directors. Their next program deadline is August 31, 2010.
WIDC is aimed particularly at mid-career directors. They select eight women each year to participate in two modules. The first is a Story Incubation Module (SIM) and is "a specially designed 4-day intensive story development workshop that offers a psychological approach to the development of character, dialogue and story structure." This takes place November 27-30, 2010. Then after some follow-up in December, the participants take the Prep, Production and Post Production Module (PPPM), a three-week period from January 13 to 30, 2011 where they'll receive instruction and mentorship from seasoned professionals on all aspects of film production. T
Past participants include Karen Lam (Stained), Stephanie Morgenstern (TV's Flashpoint), Zarqa Nawaz (TV's Little Mosque on the Prairie), Alison Reid (The Baby Formula) and Sherry White (Crackie).
They offer a range of scholarships for those accepted into the program. http://www.creativewomenworkshops.com/Docs/SCHOLARSHIPS.htm
The grant is made possible through the Quebecor/Sun Media benefits related to SUN TV, for Toronto and Ontario-based producers from under-represented groups.
"We are very proud that the Quebecor Fund’s Professional Development Program can partner with innovative industry organizations across Canada, to advance the careers of local television professionals and contribute to a diversity of views, innovation and high quality content," said Kin-Man Lee, Executive Vice-President of Sun Media Corporation, a Quebecor company directly involved in print, broadcast and Internet communications. "
"We see this type of support as an integral part of our commitment to the independent production sector as well as culturally diverse communities in the Greater Toronto Area." ~ Kin-Man Lee, Executive Vice-President, Sun Media Corporation
Panacea Entertainment and WIFT-A offer a $1,000 scholarship each year to a director participant who resides in Alberta. No application is required. This scholarship is automatically awarded after adjudications are complete.