With funding provided by the Winnipeg Foundation, Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) is collaborating with the Winnipeg Film Group to offer a new WIDC Short Works Award for women interested in advancing their careers in directing screen fiction. This lab will be free and is designed to provide a prize package for up to 3 women directors including a tailored development offering with the goal of creating a short fiction work (2-3 minutes maximum), suitable as a stand alone piece for festival screenings; a teaser; or a tool for funding and promotional purposes for a longer work (e.g. feature film or web series). Winnipeg Film Group will have rights to non-exclusive distribution after festival run. This is an adjudicated offering. As such, applicants are requested to make a case to be selected by completing and submitting this form by the deadline. Applicants should be Manitoba residents and have already directed two short films.


INQUIRIES regarding the WIDC Short Works Award for Women and other Winnipeg Film Group production programs can be directed to:

Ben Williams
Production Centre Director
204-925-3456, ext 109

  • About the program: Successful applicants will get the opportunity to attend master classes facilitated by WIDC Producer, Carol Whiteman and a Mentor Director (TBA). The classes will be tailored to advance the recipients careers and projects. Each project will be fast-tracked through meetings about concept, pre-production, then into production and post. Following the face-to-face wrap up, each director will work with WIDC Producer to create a marketing and distribution plan in collaboration with Winnipeg Film Group. We are looking for passionate filmmakers who want to fully utilize this opportunity.

*may be subject to change

May 18 to 29, 2018


  • Day 1: Friday (evening) – Intros and discussion on directing and leadership presented by Carol Whiteman, WIDC Producer
  • Day 2: Saturday  (day) – Master class on Directing tailored to participants’ needs followed by one to one meetings with Mentor(s).
  • Day 3: Sunday (day) – WIDC Sharing Authentic Voices session with WIDC alumnae and invited guests offers an opportunity to meet with like-minded women filmmakers in facilitated roundtables

Planning Meetings

  • Days 4 to 6: WIDC Producer, Coordinator, WFG staff meet with each recipient to plan the shoots, book locations / cast (ACTRA) actors per each short work.

Production / Post

  • Day 7 to 10: Shoots & Edits. Each Director shoots one day and works with an editor for up to 12 hours to achieve a rough cut.

View Rough Cuts

  • Day 11: WFG Rough Cut Tuesday screening of rough cuts with feedback.

Wrap up

  • Day 12: Review the process, review personal goals and next steps

Follow up

  • Directors complete their fine cuts over the month of June with notes from mentors at fine cut.
  • Directors meet via Skype for 3x 1-hour sessions to review goals, marketing and distribution plans and further career strategic planning.


  • Full Name *
  • Address *
  • Phone Number *
  • E-mail *
  • Proposal*
    • Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your experience in film / video.
    • Please tell us why we should select you for this award. Why is it relevant to you and your career? A committee from the Winnipeg Film Group and Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) will be reviewing all applications. *


  • Applicant Résumé / CV – listing film experience (3 pgs max) *
  • 200 word bio (in 3rd person, career-focused) *
  • Photo of you (jpg) *
  • Link to a sample of your previous fiction work  (e.g. short film)*
  • Letter of Recommendation 1 (optional)

This program is sponsored by a Community Grant from the Winnipeg Foundation.



WIDC Sharing Authentic Voices is supported with the participation of: