This year’s best female feature award is “Rodeo,” directed by Montreal filmmaker Joelle Desjardins Parquette in her feature debut. “The film tells the story of an unusual and engaging father-daughter relationship that unfolds in a cross-country road movie in which a trucker and his nine-year-old daughter travel from Quebec to Alberta for a truck rodeo ,” said AWFJ President Jennifer Merin.
The AWFJ judges for Best Feature Film Directed by a Woman were Karen Gordon, Jennifer Green, Jennifer Merin (Chair), and Kristen Page-Kirby. In the jury statement, the four-member panel said that after two rounds of deliberation, they “decided to present EDA with an engaging father/daughter story told with sensitivity and without clichés. The characters are fully fleshed out, feel real affection, experience real danger, and leave us wanting more. »
The 2022 winner of the EDA award for best short film directed by a woman is “Violet Gave Willingly”, a documentary directed by Claire Sanford, also based in Montreal. According to the jury’s statement, “The ten nominated films were all excellent, but our deliberations resulted in one winner, a short documentary which, in the opinion of the jury, delivers a powerfully gripping and thought-provoking feminist narrative in which a mother and her daughter are dancing around a topic neither of them wants to discuss.
The Whistler Film Festival says it has championed women in film since its inception in 2001. In addition to programming films directed by women, the festival hosts an annual Women on Top event, bringing together leading women in cinema from around the world to meet, greet and network with each other. Additionally, the festival’s annual presentation of the Women In the Director’s Chair and Women in Film & Television Vancouver mentorship programs connects up-and-coming female directors with industry moguls and the methodology they recommend for success.
For more information on the WFF and the nominated films, visit Whistlerfilmfestival.com. For more information on the AWFJ EDA Awards, click here.