Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

March 08, 2015 22:00 ET

Celebrating and Supporting Women in Film: Member of Parliament Wai Young Announces Support for the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLOMBIA--(Marketwired - March 8, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing funding of $8,400 to the Women in Film and Television Vancouver Society through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program for the 10th edition of the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWIFF).

Wai Young, Member of Parliament (Vancouver South), announced this support today, on International Women's Day, on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Festival activities include a diverse lineup of film presentations from various genres, as well as panel discussions and workshops. VIWIFF is one of only three festivals in Canada that showcases female filmmakers.

Quick Facts

- This year's Vancouver International Women in Film Festival is taking place from March 4 to 8 at the Vancity Theatre, which is also the primary hosting venue for the Vancouver International Film Festival.

- The Women in Film and Television Vancouver Society, founded in 1989, is a local, non-profit organization whose mission is to honour, support and further the artistic and professional development of women who work in screen-based media.

- The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

Quotes

"Today, as we celebrate International Women's Day, our Government is especially proud to support the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival as it continues to shine a spotlight on the talented Canadian women of the film industry and their role in empowering the next generation of women filmmakers. I would like to thank the Women in Film and Television Vancouver Society and all the organizers, artists and volunteers who help bring this festival to life."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival has the unique ability to showcase diverse programming aimed at celebrating the work of local women film artists and creators. Audiences will once again have the opportunity to see films from different genres that feature triumph, dedication, transformative experiences and self-discovery. I am truly pleased that our Government has invested in this important festival."

-Wai Young, Member of Parliament (Vancouver South)

"We are grateful to receive this funding. This timely support from the Department of Canadian Heritage allows more people to see films made by local filmmakers, and in particular local women filmmakers, nourishing an active community among practising artists and a diversity of audiences."

-Carolyn Combs, Executive Director, Women in Film and Television Vancouver Society

Associated Links

Women in Film and Television Vancouver

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

International Women's Day

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